Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970)

R  |   |  Drama  |  21 October 1970 (USA)
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A story of two motorcycle racers, the inept, unsuspecting Little Faus (Micheal J.Pollard) and the opportunistic, womanizing Halsey Knox (Redford)



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Complete credited cast:
Halsy Knox
Little Fauss
Rita Nebraska
Seally Fauss (as Noah Beery)
Lucille Benson ...
'Mom' Fauss
Ray Ballard ...
The Photographer
Linda Gaye Scott ...
Erin O'Reilly ...
Sylvene McFall
Ben Archibek ...
Rick Nifty (as Benjamin Archibek)


A story of two motorcycle racers, the inept, unsuspecting Little Faus (Micheal J.Pollard) and the opportunistic, womanizing Halsey Knox (Redford) Written by Mark Roberts <doodad1@ix.netcom>

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Little Fauss and Big Halsey are not your father's heroes.




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Release Date:

21 October 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'ultime randonnée  »

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In Robert Redford's biography, he called Little Fauss and Big Halsy "the best script of any film I've ever done." He was, however, somewhat less than thrilled with the film when it did not live up to its expectations at the box-office. However, when the film premiered on television around the time Redford was shooting All the President's Men (1976), he confided in Alan J. Pakula that he resented its television broadcast because, after years of successful films, he was less than enthusiastic about Little Fauss and Big Halsy, which he considered a stain on his filmography. Pakula told Redford that the film showcases one of the best performances the star had ever given, stating that his performance in it was "the last unself-conscious revelation of the actor's real-life edge." The film is also Redford's son Jamie's favorite of all his father's films. See more »


Little Fauss: I was going faster than I ever went in my whole life, then I fell off.
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Ballad of Little Fauss and Big Halsy
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Old School Motorcycle Racing Classic
10 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a 17 year old Arizona motorcycle racer, I had the privilege of working as an extra/ stuntman on the racing scenes in this movie, so I'm somewhat biased about the quality of this feature. It IS schmaltzy and VERY early 70s in its content and cinematography, but it paints a GREAT picture of what it was like to race motorcycles in the early days of American motor sports (back when no one but the Europeans EVER won anything!). Before Supercross, before motor sport superheroes when us folks that rode motorcycles were known as LESS than desirable, and no one ever called us athletes.

So, from a historical perspective, or just to see ME as a 17 year old tearing around a couple dirt tracks and out on a desert run aboard a hot Yamaha, I feel this movie can't be beat. It'll never take the place of such greats as On Any Sunday or On Any Sunday 2, but it's still a worthwhile 99 minutes of lighthearted flashbacks for anyone that lived through those times, or those that wish they had.

Oh, and Robert Redford wasn't too bad either...

John in AZ

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