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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Interesting Early 1970s piece

Author: sburton60 from United States
20 July 2005

This early work starring Sissy Spacek is not a bad period piece. Spacek was 25 when she starred in this movie as a hitchhiker who falls for a middle aged businessman who picks her up. Even at this early age, you can tell that Spacek knows her craft and gives a deeper performance than her older costars. While there are some campy moments and forced dialog, I found that the low-budget film's unvarnished feel brought back a real sense of life in the early 1970s. There is a scene where the two male costars get drunk, and it really is a realistic portrayal of having fun while you are drunk! There are some funny moments, and it's far from a bomb. I purchased the DVD for $1 at my local dollar store, and felt it was worth at least that!

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

A chance to catch a very early Sissy Spacek (and hear a few of her original songs)

Author: rpmmurphy from minneapolis, mn
29 April 2009

This was filmed in 1972 when Sissy Spacek was 22, most probably before she filmed BADLANDS (released 10/73). It Includes a happy Mary-Tyler-Moore-like theme song by Sissy S. as well as a clever live song w/ guitar about marichino cherries sung while riding in a car after hitching a ride (and one other original song by Sissy S). Sissy shows some musical talent that would be on display later in COAL MINER'S D.

Sissy is uber-charming and charismatic and beautiful and lovely; but at this early stage she seems influenced (whether she knows it or not) by Jan Brady of The Brady Bunch, She seems like a teenager having a blast being among adults in a grown up movie (not to be cruel). That being said; this grown up movie is of the TV variety (feel, pacing, writing, writers, director, etc.); utilizing the freedom away from TV for some pretty ugly, dated male/ battle-of-sexes dialogue.

The color by CFI is not bad, and it is nice that the film is set/was shot in New Mexico providing an interesting landscape backdrop. It really is only worth taking a look at if you like Sissy Spacek, want to hear some original songs by her at 22, and/or feel like going back to the early 70's for a little visit.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A Feel-Good Treat From The Early 70s

Author: Trevor Douglas from Australia
4 December 2012

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I have always enjoyed this film since the first time I saw it on video in the early 1980s. I bought the DVD a while back and though it has a few scratches and film lines, it adds to the feel of nostalgia. Monte Markham as Joe Maroney and Mark Miller as Charlie McClain play well off each other. Susan Oliver as Sugar McClain, excellent as always, has one of the worst hair styles I have ever seen. Why they did not let her keep her natural blonde hair is beyond me. David Doyle has a fun chatty role at the airport and Slim Pickens is always a delight as 'Captain Deter' aka The Sheriff. Sissy Spacek as Ginger Brown is perfectly cast and gets to show a range of emotions as well as her singing talent. Shot in 1972, though usually listed as 1973 or 1974, it has an excellent soundtrack that will stick in your mind long after you have watched it. The locations are interesting and the story begins as a quiet romance until Mark Miller enters....The Fred Ward as Truck Driver is not the star of such films as Southern Comfort, The Right Stuff and Remo Williams, however, it is an African American actor who is driving the pickup at the film's opening who tells Ginger to be careful.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A May/December romance where Spring starts late and Winter comes early.

Author: mark.waltz from United States
30 November 2012

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A lonely businessman (Monte Markham) is on the road during the holidays, and picks up a young woman (Sissy Spacek) hitchhiking across the country. Thinking he's getting either an easy pick-up or at least a date for New Year's, Markham takes her home, only to be interrupted by his overly vivacious pal (Mark Miller) who ruins his plans by making it clear he's not going anywhere. Miller's ex-wife (Susan Oliver) calls Markham to wish him happy holidays, and in hopes of getting rid of him, Markham invites her over. Eventually, a secret which Spacek (as the title character) revealed to Miller is exposed which changes Markham's intentions towards her.

While the cast all deliver believable performances, the true problem is that Markham and Spacek share absolutely no chemistry. Spacek seems too free a spirit to fall in love with a rather dour "suit" like Markham, while Miller's character is so obnoxious that at times, he is difficult to take.

Oliver is glamorous and is probably the most identifiable character in the film. While this film seems much more like a T.V. movie than a big screen feature, it does appear to have been released in movie theatres, although in what capacity is questionable. Still, it is nice to see Spacek long before she became a major star, and her performance indicates that a great actress is emerging.

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Author: rsoonsa ( from Mountain Mesa, California
18 March 2004

Joe Maroney (Monte Markham), divorced for three months, is driving in New Mexico from Albuquerque to his home in Santa Fe when he picks up a hitchhiking free spirit, Ginger Brown, played by Sissy Spacek, and the two subsequently become romantically absorbed with each other as New Year's Eve nears, whereupon Joe's former Army comrade Charley (Mark Miller) and, coincidentally, Charley's former wife Sugar (Susan Oliver) join them with many complications as the product. Hoydenish Spacek is appealing and brings life to scriptor/producer Miller's lines, but bland Markham's metabolic rate seems to be constant throughout and Oliver, a talented actress, is given loathsome dialogue and exaggerates it, without doubt to her satisfaction, while the direction is listless and the screenplay lacks imagination, with only Spacek's reactions, although not always precisely matching her circumstances, shining through this frippery.

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"If I'm gonna trip out, it's gonna be a love trip!"

Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv
5 February 2017

Cutesy drama, almost unendurably dated--and with clichéd characters and dialogue to boot--features a young Sissy Spacek as a health-conscious, free-spirited woman, a hippie folk singer hitchhiking with her guitar across the country; she gets a ride from Monte Markham, a just-divorced businessman who's been advised to find himself a new girl to forget the old one. There are some surprisingly fine shots by cinematographer William K. Jurgensen of Spacek thumbing it on the road, but her relationship with Markham is pure cookie-cutter. Second-feature caught Spacek just before her career was about to take off, though this is one title she'd probably like to erase from her resume. Her acting is likable enough, but her character Ginger is nothing more than a lighter version of the hitchhiker Laurie Heineman played in "Save the Tiger"--in other words, a refugee from a TV sitcom or movie-of-the-week. *1/2 from ****

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One for Sissy Spacek Fans!

Author: JohnHowardReid
26 March 2016

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The only movie directed by TV director, Gordon Wiles, features the lovely Sissy Spacek, who – although she plays Ginger, the film's main character – is billed fourth, would you believe, even though, as I say, she plays the title role – and plays it with charm, charisma and believability too – qualities that are not always present in the performances delivered by Monte Markham (who enjoys first billing), Susan Oliver (billed second, even though she has only a small role) and Mark Miller (a prolific but second-string TV actor who has made only seven or eight movies to date). The movie itself is actually not all that interesting. The plot is predictable and yet it tends to wander. In fact, Miller's character was obviously designed to help spin it out. Nevertheless, hearty Slim Pickens is on hand to liven up the last reel and it all comes to a predictable but happy conclusion. Available on an excellent Mill Creek DVD.

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