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I actually saw this being filmed as a kid in Napa, California, fall of 1969 if I recall. I lived on a vineyard (we were migrant workers). I haven't seen the movie in years, but clearly recall Melvin Douglas and Burt Reynolds walking together in front of our garage area in a scene that was being filmed. I watched from a nearby tree and made a scratchy noise as I moved. The director had to "cut" and re-shoot the scene, and I was briefly scolded by him! Later my mother and I were given a nice tour of a costume trailer and treated to lunch via whatever catering company they had. We met Burt Reynolds, Larry Storch, and Melvin Douglas. That was 40 years ago as I write this!
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What a deception. I was enjoyed by the idea to see this one. I expected
a die hard actionner, and a downbeat movie typically of the late 60's
and 70's. And I like Burt Reynolds, since I was a kid. His character is
not uninteresting. But the story, the plot, the directing is flat,
tepid. It's actually a drama. Nothing else. The tale of an ex-con -
Reynolds - who comes back home after his discharge and tries to recover
his father's love, his women's too. And of course tries to clears
himself from the murder charge he was accused of.
Don't expect anything unusual in the ending. I have seen this a thousand times. You can feel it seven thousand miles ahead.
What a shame. It could have been far better.
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