A hardened con (Robert Mitchum) being transferred from a federal penitentiary to a Texas institution to finish a life sentence as a habitual criminal is freed at gunpoint by his niece (...
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Burnt-out private dick Jacob Aloysius Spanner teams up with his brother to help an old adversary track down his one remaining loved one, his kidnapped granddaughter. But who's the hood and who's being hoodwinked?
Lee H. Katzin
Robert Mitchum, Rhonda Fleming, and Jameson Parker star in this drama about a man who is faced with a terminal illness while his son-in-law is struggling with grief over the death of his young wife and his disbelief in God.
A man who left his family thirty years ago, discovers that he has a terminal illness, and before going to the hospital for treatment, he decides that it's time for him to go back. However, his son finds it hard to forgive him.
Ernest, Ted and August fulfill their friend Carl's dying wish and take him to Heidelberg, where they all first met 45 years ago, to see his old girlfriend one last time. However, the locals won't talk about her, due to a WW2 secret.
About half way through the movie, Johnny goes to Pookie's motel room. As he knocks at the door, the microphone is seen. Then as he is in her room and says, "What's the Beef" the microphone is very clearly seen for almost a minute. See more »
I believe I know why this film is 'underrated' - for one thing, the overhead microphone deserves credit as a supporting actor - it was in at least four scenes! The best example is when Mitchum is visiting an old flame and the microphone swings to and fro over their heads for at least ten seconds!?!? Either the entire crew is blind or they don't care - from the end result of this movie I think the latter must be the case.
It seems like everybody in every department on the film is trying to do the worst job possible - at one point the always inappropriate music sounds right for a quiet, suspenseful scene - in the middle of a gunfight / car chase!! Then, when information is being slowly typed up on a computer, the whole orchestra goes into full melodramatic swing! The camera-work is also appalling, surely they could have afforded steadicam!
The plot of the film must have looked good on paper - two old friends caught on opposing sides of the law, facing up to old age - but it is handled at a pedestrian pace. Now I am a big fan of Mitchum's - that's why I got this bargain bin DVD - but he looks as bored playing in this as you will watching it, although he still manages to be the only actor who creates a believable character. Wilford Brimley wouldn't even have convinced if he wasn't sharing most of his scenes with that damned overhead microphone! He has a serious charisma deficit and any emoting he may have been capable of is hidden behind the most ridiculous walrus moustache I've ever seen.
With slow pacing and ridiculous suspension of disbelief (they keep robbing safes and shouting and banging around and don't arouse suspicion? The entire crew missed the twenty minutes of screen time Mr. Microphone has?) this is one to stay well clear of. Listen to me. That's 94 minutes of mortality lost forever, and now all I have is this novelty state of the art frisbee!
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