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Movie : The Chase

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Bubba Reaves escapes from prison.  His hometown catches the news and in the next twenty hours all the paranoia, secrets, sexual tension, racism, class division that’s just under the surface of this messed up town boils over.

Calder, the reluctant town sheriff tries to keep a lid on what he knows will be trouble.  A lot of trouble.  The town is sitting on a lot of secrets and with Bubba coming home,  add a little alcohol and it all comes out.

Val Rogers is the money of the town and pretty well has things the way he wants them.  But there are a few things that he can’t control and they surface to challenge him. Lots of subtle and not so subtle stuff going on.  Everybody knows everybody’s business  and you can feel the messed up state of mind in this town.

Brando does a slow burn and gives one of his really good performances.  Top of his game.  The supporting cast is up to his level.  E.G. Marshall, Fox, Fonda, Redford, Duval, Dickenson and others bring this story to life.  Richard Bradford, Clifton James and Steve Ihnat stand out as three of the town’s prime assholes.  Janice Rule gives a performance that deserves special mention.  She’s a piece of work.  Every town should have an Emily.  She just oozes all sorts of nasty stuff.  Great work.

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Lots of things to like about this film, Brando not  being the least.  Great scenes, dialogue, acting,  setting.  Penn makes a good one.

“They’re not interested in nothing but getting drunk and making trouble.  I’m sick of it”

Yeah that kind of nails this town on the head.  Babyhead really likes this flick.  Something about it.  Dark, sleazy and violent.

Last word from Emily.  “Shoot a man for sleeping with someones wife.  That’s silly.  Half the town would be wiped out”

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What a night!

 

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5 comments on “Movie : The Chase

  1. greenpete58
    October 1, 2016

    Intriguing film. I agree that Brando is, as always, brilliant. Angie Dickinson was good too. But Redford was totally miscast, and the movie dragged on and on. Evidently there was a lot of friction between scriptwriter Lillian Hellman, director Arthur Penn, and Brando, and it shows. One of the greatest casts ever assembled, but a disappointing movie (for me).

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 1, 2016

      Good thoughts. At the time CB was caught up in the film and pretty forgiving on certain things. In hind sight I agree with you. Pretty tough company (or great company) for an actor to be in. Brando is worth the price of admission. Love his restrain and release style. Something about this film got into CB’s head and he still likes to slap it on once in a while like an old t shirt nobody else likes. Hey Pete just the fact that you seen it is cool. Amazing how many people haven’t seen Marlon’s earlier stuff. Thanks again for the insight.

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      • greenpete58
        October 2, 2016

        You’re welcome. Sounds like you’re appreciate Brando, too. He made a couple other “obscure” flicks that I really like: “The Fugitive Kind,” based on a Tennessee Williams play. He’s a drifter who stumbles into a small town and has a torrid affair with a troubled married woman. Great movie for late at night with a few beers. Also, “The Appaloosa,” a Western where he tries to recover a beloved stolen horse from outlaws. I remember it as being real atmospheric. Unfortunately, it hasn’t yet been release on DVD.

        Hey, I like your website and reviews!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 2, 2016

        Yeah, I like his work. Familiar with both those flicks and like them. I have ‘Appaloosa’ on VHS. Have ‘One Eyed Jacks’ on deck to watch (again). CB wrote about a scene from it. I’ll leave the off screen stuff of Brando’s for others to discuss. CB is trying to stay with his initial experience and his own take at the time and how that effected him. Being engaged in the whole movie experience. A personal thing. Thanks for dropping by Pete.

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  2. greenpete58
    October 2, 2016

    You’re welcome. Sounds like you’re appreciate Brando, too. He made a couple other “obscure” flicks that I really like: “The Fugitive Kind,” based on a Tennessee Williams play. He’s a drifter who stumbles into a small town and has a torrid affair with a troubled married woman. Great movie for late at night with a few beers. Also, “The Appaloosa,” a Western where he tries to recover a beloved stolen horse from outlaws. I remember it as being real atmospheric. Unfortunately, it hasn’t yet been release on DVD.

    Hey, I like your website and reviews!

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