In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.
Here is my 82nd review of the 89 chosen Films…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Feb 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A down on his luck former Irish rebel decides to tell the police where another Irish rebel is hiding in order to receive the rewards in hope of being able to start a new life in America.
My Take on it – This film is another one that I knew nothing about before seeing it.
They do a wonderful job looking at the motivations of people when they do something believing that it might let them begin a new chapter in their lives but instead weighs heavily on them.
John Ford did an amazing job directing this film and he keeps the pacing near perfect because it helps the viewer gain even more of an emotional connection to the characters while at the same time impacting what we may believe from numerous perspective.
McLaglen is great in the lead here and definitely deserved the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role.
In addition, Ford himself won his first (of four) Oscars as Director for this film.
This film also won an Oscar for Best Score and Best Screenplay.
It’s interesting to note that this marked the first time that someone refused to accept an Oscar. In this case it was the writer Dudley Nichols who due to a dispute between the unions and the Academy refused to accept his award, but years later, he agreed to accept the award.
Bottom Line – Great look into the motives of people when they must do things when feel they have no other choice. The pacing is great and Ford does a great job getting the emotional impact of the story from numerous perspectives. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The £20 reward for Frankie, as seen on the poster at the beginning of the film would equate to $88.50 in 1922, or about $1,250 in 2016. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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