Farm boy Daryl Cage's parents ship him off to the big city to live with his brother, hoping he will have a better life there. After a baggage mixup at the airport, Daryl finds himself in ... See full summary »
Anthony Michael Hall,
When childhood friends Al, Dennis and Eliot get together for Ray's wedding, which may or may not happen, they end up on a roller-coaster ride through reality. During one tumultuous, crazy ... See full summary »
A surreal portrait of a Catholic Private School and its hierarchy. A new student must submit to the bizarre rituals of his peers and the expectations of the school's administration by ... See full summary »
When you think you're at the top of the corporate ladder and then discover they have managed to pull that ladder away, sometimes you have to take it upon yourself to 'level' the playing ... See full summary »
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Randall William Cook
Scripted by Leonard Gardner, who grew up in California's agricultural San Joaquin Valley, this film successfully reaches its target of depicting components of small town life in the city of Stockton and its environs, where most of the filming took place. Set in the mid-1950s, the work stars Frederic Forrest and Veronica Cartwright as a couple whose marriage is falling apart, and Barry Tubb as their son and owner of the title vehicle. It is a new pink Cadillac coupe, and Tubb as Wayne Gibbs hopes that word of his ownership will spread and make him more attractive to the opposite sex. Wayne's shabby treatment at the hands of Sylvia, a local strumpet (Jenny Wright) naturally serves to bind the two more closely as the story progresses. Most of the action occurs during one eventful Saturday night with Wayne and his sleazy sidekick Harry (Seth Isler) on the prowl for sexual adventure while, during the same period, conditions between the senior Gibbs pair crumbles. While Wayne attempts to bring a peace treaty to pass between his parents, his innate urges link him and Sylvia nearer, despite opposition from her religiously fanatic egg farming father. The scenario by Gardner, who also plays in the film, is well above most encountered for a "coming of age" narrative, with some particularly penetrating lines for Forrest's character. Tubb is well directed by Peter Hoffman while the intensity and revealing interpretation of their roles by Forrest, Cartwright and Wright assist in belying the production's low budget background. Although the general editing is plainly sub-standard, the sound editing by Anthony Ciccolini is a primary reason for the picture's effectiveness, while the inspired cinematography of Jerzy Zielinski is noteworthy. A positive result of purposeful direction, screen writing and performances by cast and crew, VALENTINO RETURNS has been unjustly slighted.
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