Monday, September 28, 2015

Bobby Deerfield (1977)

Director: Sydney Pollack

Writers: Alvin Sargent, Erich Maria Remarque

Composer: Dave Grusin

Starring: Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, Anny Duperey, Walter McGin, Van Doude, Gerard Hernandez, Stphan Meldegg, Norm Nielsen, Romolo Valli, Jaime Sanchez, Bernie Pollack

More info: IMDb 

Tagline: He had to meet her - to find himself!

Plot: A racing car champion falls in love with a freewheeling lady who makes his life difficult but she has a secret that explains her behavior. 

My rating:  4/10

Will I watch it again?  NO.

Dreadful.  OK, maybe not that bad but it's incredibly slow and you're pretty much watching two character. Bobby (Pacino) softly broods and broods.  This is Pacino at his blandest.  The first time he smiles in this is at the one hour and forty-five minute mark.  It's then the 'happy' romance starts but then you've got twenty minutes before the picture is over which is nice but it only lasts a few minutes before something happens that ends it. Then there's Lillian (Keller) who is incredibly annoying and manipulative.  And Bobby takes it.  Most men (or women) would've dropped her not long after meeting her.  She's not a nice person and very cryptic.  I honestly can't see why Pacino or Pollack accepted this project except for the money and a working vacation to France for a month or so.  Woof.  It really is as exciting as the poster suggests.  I liked the last twenty minutes but the rest of it is one tough act to take.  The Warner Bros. DVD has a nice anamorphic widescreen print but the only extras you get is a behind the scenes sneak peek at 88 MINUTES (10 minutes) and trailers for the DVD of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977), COMANCHE MOON, DAMAGES season 1 and Hot Action Movies.  Oh, boy.

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