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I just watched this movie for the first time. And I have re-watched the first "act" a number of times now. I never gave Maureen Stapleton much of a thought, frankly. Until I watched this movie. I like this movie very much. It will be one of my "go-to's,"- those pictures that I can always watch and always enjoy. Matthau is effective throughout. Act 2 is played quite broadly, and it's a fun segment, but the weakest. Act 3 is (because I can't think of a better descriptor) conventionally funny - it follows the familiar pattern, and it's very good. But the best is the first act where the real focus is Stapleton. From the moment we first see her, she looks real. I wager that most people who watch this movie knows someone that is her character. Watch her closely, as she puts nuance into every scene - the expressions on her face, the gestures. There's a scene where she sits down on a bed, back to the camera as Matthau leaves the room. It's followed by her talking to herself. It's a brilliant bit of acting, that feels so real, and struck an emotional chord in me. I gave this an "8." If I had to grade each act separately, it would be: Act 1 - 10; Act 2 - 7; Act 3 - 8 Watch and enjoy.
I enjoyed the performances: Ed Wynn was lovable as the friendly pitchman, and Murray Hamilton was perfect as Mr. Death. The Twilight Zone has endured because of inspired writing and has been sustained by the incredible talent that it attracted. Ed Wynn is perfect as the pitchman who loves children. Note that there is nothing at all perverted about this, as we might expect today. That's something to love about "One for the Angels" too. I highly recommend this one to all. It's thought provoking and completely enjoyable. Watch it and try to imagine such inspired TV viewing today. The caliber of talent, Ed Wynn, Murray Hamilton, their performances were first rate, in my opinion. The child actors were fairly typical for the time period. But I think that anyone watching this with an open mind will enjoy it. Please...don't try to put too much into it. Just allow yourself to be drawn into the drama. It's an amazing feeling.
If you have ever suffered a setback, or faced a situation in your life that left you hurting and wounded, here is a movie that, with its beautiful scenery, beautiful people, humor, and a wonderful pervading sense of the supernatural will lift your spirits and encourage you. Take great performances from Will Smith as Bagger and Matt Damon as Junuh...add Bruce McGill and Joel Gretsch - believable and amusing as Walter Hagan and Bobby Jones, and Charlize Theron- sparkling and feisty as a genteel Southern Belle, plus great character actors and the little J. Michael Moncrief cast as Hardy Greaves (through whose eyes the story is told) plus great Redford direction, and it adds up to a wonderfully warm film. While this is a story about golf and golfers, it is a story even those who "hate" golf can identify with...it's about life, and triumphing over adversity. The late Jack Lemmon, as the aged Hardy Greaves sets the stage at the beginning, and the movie never loses focus. This is not an action movie. It's a thinking, feeling, allegory of life. It's a feel-good flick that is safe for the whole family and one that is well worth two-hours of your life to experience.
Pillow Talk is a great film. It's an opportunity to watch Rock Hudson and Doris Day looking great at the peak of their careers. Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter are marvelous in their supporting roles. This is not a deep and socially important movie - if you want that, why not try "To Kill A Mockingbird"? It's somewhat preposterous and improbable, and centering as it does around something called a "Party Line" telephone it's dated. (For those who don't know what that is, a "Party Line" was a telephone line shared by two or more "parties." It was very much like having an extension in someone else's house. And, yes, if they were using the phone, your phone was also "busy" - you could neither take nor receive calls while your party line sharers were on the phone. "Private" lines were available, but they were priced at a premium. Most people were satisfied to have party lines...they were actually fun in many ways, one of those being that you could eavesdrop on your neighbors.) This movie is a lot of fun, doesn't require much thinking, and is safe for the whole family. No mean-spirited slapstick here, just fun, and if you give yourself permission to suspend disbelief, you'll love this movie as much as I. You get a couple of great tunes sung by Doris Day, too. Doris had it all: wholesome beauty, great acting talent, and an amazing singing voice. I almost never pass up a chance to see this movie whenever it's on TCM. Next time it comes up, I'd recommend you see it, too.
The genius of this film is in the familiar. Dennis Weaver is perfectly
cast as the gangly, nerdy, traveling salesman. He's someone we already
know. The other two stars of the film are a red Plymouth Valiant and a
huge Tractor-trailer. The Plymouth is also a bit of casting genius: in
1971, those cars were very popular. A small, compact car, it would have
been great for the traveling salesman who wanted something easy on gas.
These cars were often-seen travelers at that time, and everybody either
owned one or knew someone who did. Plymouth Valiants were not known for
their speed and agility. (Unless you sprung for the V-8. That was
somewhat faster, although, for you motor-heads, the displacement was
similar to the V-6 in size, if I'm not mistaken). The truck, too, is a
perfect player. It's an older model, even at that time, and it's
massive styling and aging, dirty, rusty exterior adds to its presence.
This film never leaves the roads of California, and soon, the highways
of early-70's-California becomes Anywhere, USA.
Think of this movie as a spring, and the tension gets wound up tighter and tighter as we ride along with Dennis Weaver. Tension that is only broken by some unintentionally funny lines and acting from Weaver. But that doesn't in any way detract from the film, it only makes it more endearing. If you give this a fair viewing, you won't be able to tear yourself away from the screen, and by the time it's done, you may be afraid to drive across town.
This is an excellent film, and a fine way to spend an afternoon and I highly recommend it.
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This movie is one of the top 10 or so Holiday Movies in my mind, and perhaps one of the most poignant. The pairing of Steve Martin and John Candy is just perfect. The physical comedy is hilarious. But this movie also gives you a feel for the dramatic talents of Martin and Candy. For example, the scene in the motel room, where Martin and Candy argue: watch the facial expressions,and the reactions of John Candy. He plays Del to perfection. But what makes this movie click is when we finally discover what Del's been keeping secret. Then it becomes, emotionally speaking, a whole new movie. With subsequent viewings you'll have an even greater appreciation for Steve Martin and John Candy. You simply can't go wrong with this one for the whole family, and it stands up to watching again and again. Happy Thanksgiving!
Here's a great way to spend an afternoon: watching some of the greatest
actors of all time in a film that still has relevance today. Such a
cast! Hepburn is wonderful as always, very energetic, with no trace of
the shakiness of her later years.
Tracy, gruff, the way most probably remember him - sort of a ratcheted up version of the roles he played with Hepburn in earlier years. His ill health is obvious though to the careful observer: voice a little weak at times, and Tracy's step missing the "spring" of his earlier films. The fact that this his last film was so memorable, and of such quality just adds to his legend.
Potier of course turns in a great performance, impeccable as always.
Watch for Isabel Sanford, ("The Jefferson's") particularly the one memorable scene where she explains to Potier's character just what "black power" really is.
Cecil Kellaway sparkles as Monsignor Ryan, and Beah Richards and Roy Glenn, as the parents to Potier's character, mirror Hepburn and Tracy.
Indeed, there is so much real honest-to-god acting talent concentrated in this movie, it seems almost unfair, what I'm about to say: Katharine Houghton, as 'Joey' is the only character with only 2 dimensions. She's the ever-smiling, but clueless daughter and object of Dr. Prentice' affection. She's such a Pollyanna, and remains oblivious to the drama going on all around her, and everyone else conspires to keep her in the dark throughout the entire film. (No wonder her father is concerned.) I think it's fair to say that Houghton's character is the one weak spot in this otherwise excellent film.
That said, this is a wonderful film that I will always watch when it comes on. It's such a treat to watch these legendary actors at work. I highly recommend it.
By the way, there's no glass in Spencer's eyeglasses during the ending monologue, is there he's wearing only frames, right?
From the opening scenes to the end it's never boring, and often hilarious. Lee J. Cobb turns in a wonderfully wry performance, the young Susan Clark is hot as Julie the probation officer, and Tom Tully is perfect as the tough, no-nonsense Sheriff McCrea. Add to that the sights and sounds of the city in the late 1960's and the feel for the atmosphere of the times, and it's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I define the quality of a movie by how it makes me feel. And this one always makes me feel good. Watching Eastwood work as Deputy Sheriff Walt Coogan, with that cool Eastwood demeanor makes you realize just how hokey Dennis Weaver played the McCloud character in the TV series - while 'Coogan' inspired the series, the series certainly didn't outshine it. This one is a fun romp, and like all in the genre, not to be taken too seriously. Highly recommended.
I would recommend this movie for a Friday night's unwinding. Raunchy? Yes. Juvenile? Yes. If you want deep serious meaning in your "film" this isn't for you. If you want to despair over man's inhumanity to man, and man's striving to rise above, rent "Schindler's List." "Saving Silverman" is just fun. If you're in the mood for just fun, grab a beer and some popcorn and slip this into your DVD player.