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Title: The Chase (1966)
Post by: Dust Devil on April 15, 2024, 09:51:10 AM

Strangely enough here director Arthur Penn - who is I think mostly regarded as one of the trailblazers of the late 60s/70s indie/counterculture films - directs an ansamble cast in a rather upclass (not to say lavish) production.

At nearly 2 hours and 15 minutes it's a waste of time, unless you have a lot of time or you're a movie buff.

I suspect the original story is as shallow and cliched as they come: the whole ''trad town'' (save a few folks) turns out to be corrupt in one way or another, then of course - racist, full of unspoken uncomfortable truths and cheating among themselves, to make the time go by.

That being said, the cast is rather good all around. Though Redford seems out of place: he delivers his standard charms that (sadly) don't fit the story. Brando starts strong, but gets sacrificed for the sake of the story in the second half, ends up being the messenger of the not-so-much-anticipated message of the movie/play. Duvall perhaps the most memorable and at times even nuanced tragi-comic role.

E. G. Marshall as the town's shallow big banker, but ahey - with character. Jane Fonda beautiful but what also what seems her standard role. Angie Dickinson as Brando's good wife. Fox, Rule, some others: all OK.

The last 30 minutes almost unwatchable.

(just beneath a) 6/10
Title: Re: The Chase (1966)
Post by: Dust Devil on April 15, 2024, 09:54:27 AM
It's on YT.