South Beach (1993)
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What's incredible about this movie is the plot. In the movie Fred Williamson is trying to find out who stalking and killing phone sex operators. At one point I think thats its Busey. But it turns out I'm only partly right. Busey is not the killer, but he is calling up and harassing the women over the phone. Why? I don't know. In no way is he connected to the killer, he just does it for kicks I guess.
Fred's array of great jackets is noteworthy, as is he and Busey's round of what can only be described as "Zany Golf" at the beginning of the film. As in the later Night Vision (1997), Robert Forster plays a cop who yells at Fred. It's basically the same thing here. There was very minimal Henry Silva - by the time his part in the movie rolled around, he was squeezed out by all the other actors in this broth. And after we were finished pondering why Peter Fonda, as well as his ponytail/mustache combination, were involved in the first place, we got to the rapper Too Kool, not to be confused with Too Short, and another brief Sam Jones appearance. But at least with Jones, there's a fight, instead of him standing around awkwardly as he does in fellow Fred film Down 'n Dirty (2001). But all the names in the cast distract from the amazing goons in this movie. We don't know their names, but we all should. They outshine most of the cast, and they do it in their own lovable way: simply by being humble men, overweight men squeezed into tweed jackets, with mullets and Vuarnet sunglasses. God bless the goons, the unsung heroes of the crime movie world.
As for the DVD we viewed, it's one of those cheapo gas station jobs and is of very low quality. It's actually blurry, and we were told in the late 90's DVD's would never be blurry. The VHS is of far better quality. However, this particular disc is a double feature with the Mario Van Peebles film South Bronx Heroes (1985), and clearly this DVD company was catering to movie fans just clamoring to complete their "South" movie collections. But, in direct contradiction to that, according to the menu screen, the movie is called "Sonth Bronx Heroes". You read that right. SONTH. How you screw up the title of the movie on the menu screen of your own DVD, we'll never know, especially such an easy word like "South". Either that, or the movie is referring to the heroes of an area of New York City that we've never heard of before.
South Beach is kind of a weird outing for Fred, yet also oddly typical of some of his other work. As Survivor once sang when they were surely referring to this movie, "It's the paradox that drives us all".
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