It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's ... See full summary »
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio,
Twenty-five minutes of the film were cut for the network TV showings; premium movie channels (such as Cinemax) show the complete 124 minute version. According to Hal Erickson at Allmovie, the film was "originally released at 124 minutes, Bobby Deerfield (1977) was pared down to 99 minutes by director [Sydney] Pollack for cable-TV consumption". See more »
I must admit, I had heard of this film, but never got round to seeing it.
When I did, i just caught the start of it in time, flicking through channels for something to watch.
I was glad I did, as this was a really good film, not the usual hour and a half of rootin' tootin' and shootin' that Hollywood likes to push out from time to time, but a really good film, where the actors were the stars and not the special effects.
Pacino, as always was excellent, I like his sullen and silent roles, and there are few who carry this off better, I also like him when he talks, but in this film there were shades of Michael Corleone, not the menace, but the deepness.
Marthe Keller, the female lead, was ideal to counterpoint Pacino, he was dark, deep and thoughtful, and she was, witty, bright and a little bit off beat.
As for the storyline, a love story would almost cover it, but not quite.
The Motor racing angle is a hook, with a very small cameo from Bernie Ecclestone, Formula Ones supremo, it adds to the film but doesn't overtake it ( please pardon the pun!) but if you want a film with lots of race cars and aggression watch James Garner in Grand Prix instead.
This is well worth seeing, and I would recommend that you do.
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