Number of Times Seen – 2 (Theater in September ’98 and 10 Nov 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A former cop agrees to do a favor for a good friend which leads him on a path that will uncover many secrets that have been hidden for years.
My Take on it – I recall seeing this movie in the thetaer with my parents 18 years ago and I’ll never forget how much noise my step-father made as he slept and snored thru tyhis film.
I, on the other hand, recall enjoying it then and even more so now mainly because of the clever plot and the amazing cast.
It rare to find a film like this that is filled with so many Oscar winners (and stars), but stayed off of most people radar throughout the years.
Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Susan Saradon, James Garner, Reese Witherspoon and Liev Schriever are all spectacular here and in some ways make this film even better.
They have some great twists and turns along the way that are there to keep the audience on its toes the whole time as we keep getting hit wioth more and more surprises as things unfold.
The theme here is coming to terms with the good and bad of the past and using that to help you move forward in the future and there are lots of scenes that do a great job of showing how important it is to come to terms with those issues or memories and move forward.
All in all, this film moves a bot slowly, but since it is shot so expertly, it’s hard to notice because you can easily get engrossed in the film.
Bottom Line – Excellent cast helps make this film even more interesting to watch. Loved the twists and turns in the plot because they really keep you on your toes. Love the idea of how the past can bring up so many memories both good and bad and the idea is to try and move on once you come to terms with those ideas. Moves pretty slowly, but pays off in the end because it is expertly filmed. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film is the only ever motion picture cinema movie in which Paul Newman, James Garner and Gene Hackman appear in any combination of the three or any two of them including Garner & Newman, Hackman & Garner, and Newman & Hackman. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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