After a man gets out of prison, he decides to go straight and leave his life of crime behind him. However, when he gets home he finds that his brother is in danger and the family farm is in...
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After a man gets out of prison, he decides to go straight and leave his life of crime behind him. However, when he gets home he finds that his brother is in danger and the family farm is in foreclosure. He plans to take revenge on those responsible, but finds that he may have taken on more than he can handle. Written by
(There Are Spoilers) Unintentionally funny crime film about these five misfits, one who joined after she was kidnapped by them, in a robbery spree that goes from New Jersey to Texas and ends up with the bunch foiled by this old geezer, he looked to be at least 90, and his wife who's out of the way general store they were shoplifting in.
Getting out of prison after serving three and a half years Frank, Jack Gwaltney, is picked up by his former cell-mate Bobby, Jeff Monalhan, and driven back home to New Jersey. Picking up Bobby's girlfriend Eve, Annie Golden, at a Brooklyn strip joint where she works the three later get to Franks late mothers farm and are met by his not to attentive and mind addled brother Snooky, Robert Turano.
Frank to his utter dismay finds that the slow witted Snooky left everything in shambles while he was away in the pen and that the bank was about to for-close on the farm for non-payment of the mortgage. Working for Frank's former boss Walt, Michael Ironside, who was the reason for Frank being put away, Snooky was constantly ripped off and in many cases not paid at all by the unscrupulous Walt that led to the farms foreclosure.
Frank and Bobby decides to go to Walt's gas station and garage to rob him of his payroll in retaliation for his taking advantage of the poor and doltish Snooky. The pantyhose hooded robbers, to their shock and surprise, found that Walt had just under $150.00 in his safe and only one dollar in his wallet!
Tying Walt up the bunch, with Snooky and Eve outside in the car, the robbers try to make there get-away but they find out that the get-away car is out of gas and also Eva has to go to the bathroom, probably because of all the beer she's been drinking. The not too sharp Eve is then grabbed by Walt, who untied himself, who puts a gun to her head and now he's the one with all cards as the helpless Frank and Snooky have to give up the robbery plan in order to save Eva's life. Walt turns out to be even more brainless then the two not too bright robbers since he failed to notice that the # 3 man, Bobby, of the gang was still outside.
Catching Walt from behind by surprise Bobby blasts the befuddled gas station owner away as the four take off and take Walt's bookkeeper Besty, Isabel Gillies, hostage as she just happens to come on the scene. The rest of the film has the Frank & Bobby gang drive down south robbing hardware and convenient stores whenever they needed cash for gas or food with the cops, in about a half dozen states, totally clueless to whats happening.
Besty who at first resisted the robbers, and who's boyfriend in a local sheriff, later begins to suffer from the "Stockholm Syndrome" and not only gets very friendly with the highway robbers but even joins them in their adventures.
It seemed that the reason for the trip down south was a plan that Bobby concocted, while behind bars, to rob this curtain bank in Texas but at the last moment he chickened out. The crooks decided to knock off this broken down grocery store run by this elderly couple;the robbery turned out the be the last time the bunch would rob, or try to rob, anyone.
The movie " One Way Out" came across a lot like a Robert Altman directed film with lots of improvisation in the acting and what seemed to be no real script at all. Most of the scenes looked like out-takes that we used to see, put in just for laughs, during the ending credits of a Burt Reynolds movie back in the 1970's and 1980's. Also the music in the movie was so load and annoying that it made it hard to follow the story, whatever it was. There was a scene at a Texas bar late in the film that had the music played so load that it drowned out all the dialog that had to do with the impending bank robbery.
Not at all believable with an ending that looks totally out of place to the movie that you watched up to then. How could Snooky & Besty get away Scott-free where in the case of Besty she was actively involved in a number of robberies with the gang! Snooky who at least didn't participate in any of the gangs crimes, and to his credit tries to talk them out of committing them, was still with them voluntarily and as a willing participant in all their shootings and hold-ups all across the American north and southwest!
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