In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.
Gene Hackman receives third-billing and is named on all posters although he has less than 10 minutes of screen time. See more »
When Wyatt brings a prisoner to jail, you can briefly see mountains behind the buildings. The scene is set in Kansas, which has no mountains, but most of the movie was filmed in Las Vegas. See more »
Sheriff Johnny Behan:
I've been getting everything ready so we could be married!
[packing her belongings as she talks]
You've been saying that since the 1st night you saw me in the show, but it never came to pass, and now it never will. I'm not mad Johnny. I think I knew about you, the minute I met you. Besides it wouldn't be right for me to marry you anyways.
Sheriff Johnny Behan:
Well, it's not that I don't love you, I don't even like you.
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"Nothing counts more than blood... the rest are just strangers," speaks Wyatt's father at the beginning of the film--the most important line perhaps in the movie, with the exception of Wyatt's own at the end "Some say it didn't happen that way," commenting upon a flashback recounting his brand of law and justice in the wild cattle town of Dodge City.
I wholeheartedly admit the film is long--but so are many other great films. I also admit that it is not the shoot 'em up Tombstone is, but this film is a far greater one, a character study of a man whose innocence is laid to rest by the harsh wilderness of both the American West and human nature. By the end of this movie, Wyatt is a used up and bitter man, and I would argue that this film was never meant to be a heroic portrayal of an individual, only a dark and complicated one. It reminds me thus of the greatest of character portrayals, Raging Bull--though I'm sure the parallel isn't obvious.
I probably am more forgiving of this film since I like Westerns, dark dramatic stories, and admittedly uneven plots, because the characters usually are so great in them. This one is no different, and was likely made for a viewer like me, and not the mainstream audience.
It's very ambitious, and successful, I believe, on its artistic merits. Whether it's "entertainment" for the masses, well that's another story altogether, and that story's name is probably "Tombstone."
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