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On a U.S. Army post circa 1948, a major who is an impotent, latent homosexual is married to an infantile birdbrain who never misses an opportunity to ridicule his masculine failings. He displaces his hostility by brutally flogging her horse and she retaliates by humiliating him before a houseful of guests, repeatedly slashing him across the face with her riding crop. She is also committing adultery with the officer next door, who's wife cut off her nipples with garden shears after the death of her baby. She has sought solace in the ministrations of her effeminate houseboy. The sixth character, coveted by the major, is a darkly handsome noncom, a voyeur and lingerie-fondler, given to nightly appearances as a peeping tom in the birdbrain's bedroom and daily sessions of horseback riding in the middle of the woods stark naked. Written by
The Maj. Penderton's shirt is completely buttoned when he mounts Firebird. Later, when he falls off it, his shirt is unbuttoned. See more »
Maj. Weldon Penderton:
Now, a man does not flee because... um... he's fighting in an unjust cause. He does not attack because his cause is just. He flees 'cause he's the weaker. And he conquers 'cause he's the stronger. Or more to the point because his leaders made him feel stronger. Rommel... Patton, Marshall, MacArthur. They - they had it. How did they - uh... how did they make their troops believe they were stronger? Leadership is intangible... hard to measure, difficult to describe. Leadership must include a ...
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God knows what this picture looked like on the printed page--or, indeed, what this cast of talented actors were thinking when they first read it. Elizabeth Taylor probably thought it a hoot; I certainly did, but really...Julie Harris as a woebegone mental case who has used pruning shears to...oh never mind. It's really about Marlon Brando playing an Army officer down South, married to Taylor but secretly in love with stud-soldier Robert Forster (who rides his horse completely naked). There's Liz's lover Brian Keith, his wife (Harris), and a Philippino houseboy who makes like Billy DeWolfe. Is it camp, heartfelt, or just terrible? Actually it's all three, which is not only what kept me watching but keeps me returning. Still, the film feels tampered with: muted in certain spots where it should be played to the hilt, yet overdrawn when it should be subtle. It's a glorious mess. **1/2 from ****
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