In 1913, in Oklahoma, oil derrick owner Lena Doyle (Faye Dunaway), aided by her father (Sir John Mills) and a hobo (George C. Scott), is stubbornly drilling for oil despite the pressure from major oil companies to sell her land.
An idealistic rookie cop joins the L.A.P.D. to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life.
George C. Scott,
It's oil boom time in Oklahoma, and Lena Doyle (Faye Dunaway), a hard-bitten, cyncial feminist has a fight on her hands. The big oil companies don't like the fact that she's working a potentially profitable wildcat rig. Reluctantly, Lena must accept the aid of her estranged father Cleon Doyle (Sir John Mills), and Noble Mason (George C. Scott), the man he hires to help. The three form an unlikely team: Lena hates men, Mason is out for himself, and Lena's father is trying to make up for a lifetime of neglecting his daughter. But together, they take on the big guys and put up a terrific fight.Written by
Send a Little Love My Way
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Hal David
Sung by Anne Murray
[Played over the opening titles, opening credits and end credits. It is also played as background music when Mase is trying to sleep in his leaky tent during the rainstorm.] See more »
Oklahoma Crude is Stanley Kramer's attempt at a western, semi-modern though it might be. It also is quite a different look at early statehood Oklahoma circa 1913. The movie kind of dates itself when a drunken George
C. Scott and John Mills listen and sing along to a gramophone record of You
Made Me Love You which came out in 1913.
It's nothing like that other movie of Oklahoma's early days Cimarron, Edna
Ferber's tale of pioneer women and Yancey Cravat who has an honored place with cowboy heroes. George C. Scott is no hero, but he's forced into
a heroic mold because he doesn't like being spit on as Jack Palance the oil
company man does.
Three very estranged people Faye Dunaway who is one liberated and independent woman determined to hang on to her oil lease and bring in an
oil well gusher. She has to accept help from her father John Mills and from
George C. Scott who Mills finds on the bum so to speak. He certainly does
have certain skills that he brings to bear. Palance is his usual rough customer as the oil company man.
One ought to see Cimarron, both versions to contrast with this film. One ought to also see the MGM big budget film about the oil industry Boom
Town that starred Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and Claudette Colbert. The
film is an ode to laissez faire capitalism and its attitudes are 180 degrees
apart from Oklahoma Crude.
The end also has one ironic postscript and more in line with real life than most of what you see.
And George C. Scott is bad for the bad guys, but a cowboy hero he ain't.
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