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George Roy Hill
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A playboy golf pro down is on his luck. Kicked off the circuit for alleged cheating he is forced to hustle for a living. Moving from one Country Club to another, he uses his talents to hustle golf and women while trying to stay one step ahead of an irate loan shark. Written by
Howard Stockett <lomax.magicnet.net>
Tommy Del Gaddo:
Son, you're talking about cause and effect in the outside world. But we're not living in the outside world. We're living on Mount Olympus. And there's only one god and one demi-god - Mr Pallister Young and Mr Jonathan Linus... and they pick the music... and the rest of us just run around, half men and half goats. And that's the long and the short of it.
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I've always had a soft spot for Anjanette Comer. Here, she's one of three beautiful leading ladies, and the one sought by leading man, Robert Wagner (as opposed to leading lady #2, Jill St. John, whom he married in real life). Leading lady #3 is Susan Clark, who doesn't golf in this golf movie, but would go on later to play golf's greatest gal, Babe Didrikson, in the latter's TV biopic.
I watched this tonight on the Golf Channel. It didn't carry a rating, but one supposes it ran uncut, except that save for the titles, its original Techniscope was panned and scanned to TV size. (It did not, of course, run uninterrupted by commercials.)
Wagner is in top form here, taking precise swings, both on and off the course. All the lead actors, as well as a host of recognizable character actors of the day, turn in credible performances. (Gene Hackman has a relatively small, but pivotal, part.)
Speaking of the golf (which actually consumes but a small part of the movie), I kept wondering about the ratio of golf shots to camera shots, i.e., how many takes it took to get the lies the director wanted in order to tell the tale.
What makes this movie interesting are the cast, the photography, a few plot surprises, and a look back at the styles, the cars, and the mannerisms of forty years ago. Slightly above average.
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