Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
"The 14" or "Existance" has a mother of 14 children living in poor working class England falling sick and the children try to carry on as a family. Convincing acting from young actors raises this gritty tale above the horizon.
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Ray Charles attempts to help a down-on-their-luck boozing family whose son is blind. He wants to finance the recovery of his eye-sight, but the family is afraid what might happen if something goes wrong.
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Duke is a mechanic who deals in stolen auto parts. His business is next to a bordello where he maintains several friendships. Several twists lead Duke to take on the establishment and aid the local Hispanic farmworkers.
Chris makes a reference to Roger Tunnell as the Galloping Gourmet of France. Galloping Gourmet was the title of Graham Kerr's television cooking program and became the name with which Kerr marketed himself. See more »
[Roger's mother is ranting and raving, and slaps Roger's face when he won't talk to her after suffering a nervous breakdown. Dr Clemm slaps Mrs Baxter's face to shock her out of her rage]
Dr. Roberta Clemm:
[quietly but menacingly]
I hate violence, Mrs Baxter, and tomorrow I'm going to hate myself for this, but right now I warn you if you so much as move, I'm going to break you into little pieces.
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This movie has never been released on video at all and is unfortunately a largely forgotten minor masterpiece. The movie is called "Baxter!" -- not to be confused with the other movie about the dog from the early 90s. This film is an actor's show case with child star Scott Jacoby, Patricia Neal, Britt Eklund and Jean Pierre Cassell. It was directed by the British director Lionel Jeffries and had a brief release in the U.S. in 1973 and has played on television a few times but has never had a video release.
The plot centers around a preteen boy with a speech impediment who goes to live with his abusive mother in England. He makes friends with the beautiful model (Britt Eklund) who lives upstairs and her French boyfriend (Jean Pierre Cassell). The boy suffers a psychotic break when he learns of the model's death and ends up in a catatonic state in a mental institution where his speech therapist (Patricia Neal) tries to reach out to him. The ending is one of the greatest emotional triumph when he finally is able to express his grief with the help of his fellow sufferer, Jean Pierre Cassell.
It could be dismissed as a three hankie "weepfest" except that the performances are all stellar and the tears in the final scene are all earned by genuine feeling for the plight of this lost soul.
I would be overjoyed to be able to experience it again if it ever came out on DVD or even videotape for that matter.
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