Dec. 28, 2008, 4 a.m. CST
Dec. 28, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST
are as bad as people who talk in theaters. and should be placed into ditches and shot in the backs of their fucking waste of calcium skulls.
Dec. 28, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST
Dec. 28, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST
Haven't seen it for a long time and I'm glad to hear it holds up well. Christopher Plummer is a badass.
Dec. 28, 2008, 6:20 a.m. CST
I loved it then ,i remember it every time I see Either of the leads. .My old man took me , when going to flicks that might be little hard to follow for a kid .He would talk me through them ,Aw it was horrifying then because people would Shhhhh him , which would bring a swift invitation to kiss his ass to the Shhsher .But I digress ,I remember watching the scared guy turn hard and use his witts to beat the bad guy .Elliot was Awesome ,and even when I see him as a bumbling Father on "Friends' I still think of this movie .I will be looking to get it after your review ,to watch with some friends here .I live in Romania now ,lots of Movie Buffs here .If I coulkd get prints of old flix like this , please tell me how ,we could definetly to a great Festival here and have it be HUGE!
Dec. 28, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST
This movie blew me away when I first saw it about thirty years ago. Unforgettable. In some ways Elliot Gould's best performance. I cringe when I see him in those Ocean movies.
Dec. 28, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST
Never even heard of this flick before, so I'll keep an eye out for it. You've got some treats coming up with the Jack Lemmon movies. And the Billy Wilder PRIVATE LIFE is stunning. Best Holmes movie ever.
Dec. 28, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST
Another priceless line, Quint. Please, please continue to find the time to do these reviews. I was not familiar with this film but it's now in the queue and I am now looking forward to seeing it.
Dec. 28, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST
This one sounds amazing! I'll have to splurge and pick it up. You've got The New Kids on the list! I haven't seen that one since I was a teenager! WOW!
Dec. 28, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST
Especially if you recognized the actor from the Canadian show Seeing Things. One too many visions and BOOM!
Dec. 28, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST
How about his awesome take on Sherlock Holmes were he battles Jack the Ripper. ne of the best Holmes adventures to hit the screen and though James Mason was horribly miscast (why do they always cast an old fuddy duddy as Watson???) the film was terrific Christopher Plummer is an amazing actor. Just about everything he has ever been in has been good when you go down his resume. also played the best Klingon ever (fuck the next gen era viking, noble samurai, navajo-esque Kilingons buried in too much makeup) Plummer was a perfect foil for Kirk. I also loved him in Battle of Britain which is a stunning looking Blu-Ray on a 73" DLP
Dec. 28, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST
Definitely one of the most gloriously fucked-up deaths in movie history. I dare anyone to watch that and not squirm out of your seat - it's an involuntary reaction. Especially effective because nothing in the movie prepares you. You're right, the direction is very pedestrian, but Curtis Hanson shows his devilish intelligence and it's a smart, creepy thriller. One of the few films I wouldn't mind seeing remade and updated, as long as it stayed true to the concept - and ideally by Hanson himself!
Dec. 28, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST
by Jackie Boy
I really want to see this fucking movie now. You're the best Quint.
Dec. 28, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST
have, but you still need to get in that ditch.
Dec. 28, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST
Check "The long Goodbye" and mark rydell! You have some great movies coming up(well 2 and half great movies) one of which is a total masterpiece. You lucky bastard. Haven't seen silent partner in years but (and I can't believe I'm about to suggest a Steve Guttenberg movie) curtis hansons "the bedroom window" another corner!
Dec. 28, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST
That should end "corker"
Dec. 28, 2008, 5 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
So glad you finally watched this one, Quint. I remember the first time I saw it... I was in my early teens, it was a late night cable movie, and the fishtank scene has stuck with me ever since. Great little forgotten gem, and with PAYDAY up next, you're on a really nice run right now.
Dec. 28, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST
Made during the height of the terrible "tax write-off" period of Canadian cinema, it actually managed to be quite an admirable piece of work.
Dec. 28, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST
Was planning on recommending this one to you when I read the Wait Until Dark review. Glad to see I wasn't the only one. A great, little seen thriller....and yes...it made me never want another aquarium. Do want to throw one recommendation out there, though how you would come by a copy, I have no idea. Don't believe it ever made it to DVD, though it has shown up on Encore and TMC every once in a while. Alan Arkush's Get Crazy would make an inspired New Year's choice. To this day, my vote for the funniest flick that no one knows exists. You haven't lived until you've seen Lou Reed doing Dylan.
Dec. 29, 2008, 3:13 a.m. CST
By coincidence this was playing on TV a couple of nights ago, I caught it about 20 minutes in and instantly realised I should be watching it from the beginning, so ordered the DVD. My father confirmed that it's something I should watch all the way through. I didn't read much of your review to keep things a surprise but it's hard to go wrong with Elliot Gould in the 70s.
Dec. 29, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST
Who would've thought that Elliot Gould would become the schleppiest of character actors (see The Big Hit, Friends, etc.), and Donald Sutherland would be the cool one..?<p>Another forgotten Gould gem with Robert Altman from the seventies...California Split.
Dec. 29, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST
by Drunken Rage
Goddamn, Susannah York was beautiful. Terrific little thriller, but goddamn she was hot.
Dec. 29, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST
Maybe 20 or so years.it still sticks with me. The aquarium scene was too much and Plummer saying his mother didn't raise any fools and then dressing in drag was defintely an homage to Psycho
Dec. 29, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST
I saw this movie a while back on City TV (Toronto, Canada) and then bought the DVD, I've watched it a few times since. It's a clever and fun film without any over elaborate or unjustified action. The characters and set up are articulated really well. Elliot Gould and Christopher Plummer are great and bounce really well off of one another. A really under appreciated flick that does what most suspense films (i.e. Eagle Eye, Lakeview Terrace, etc) can't... Deliver.
Aug. 26, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST
wish it was my face being crushed under christopher plummers sweaty barefoot!
Aug. 26, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST
i have jerked off so many times wishing it was my face he crushed underfoot, any takers? firstname.lastname@example.org