In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.
Here is my 90th and FINAL review of the 90 chosen Films…
Number of Times Seen – At least 3 times (Cable in the 90’s, 24 Nov 2007 and 1 Mar 2018)
Brief Synopsis – In the old west, a pair of bank and train robbers decide to flee to Bolivia after things get too dangerous for them.
My Take on it – This is my final review of an Oscar nominated Best Picture film.
I have now watched and reviewed 537 of the 541 films that have garnered this distinction over the 90 years of Oscar.
3 are unavailable and out of print and one more I couldn’t find (They are all from the late 1920’s/early 1930’s)
With that being said, here is the final Best Picture review (for now)
This is a film that I have seen a few times and each time I appreciate it more and more.
This film helped spotlight the already star Paul Newman and the rising star Robert Redford as they play a pair of bank and train robbers trying to find their way in the old west.
This film largely works due to the amazing chemistry between the duo and they are one of the best pairs in the history of film because they work so well together no matter the situation.
This is a film that is quoted quite often and also has numerous iconic scenes that have been over parodied over the years.
The story is great and writer William Goldman gives us an enjoyable adventure tale of two men who just want to find peace and quiet once they get their fortune (stealing it if necessary).
This film was nominated for 7 Oscars and managed to win 4.
It won Best Cinematography, Score, Original Song (Raindrops keep falling on my head) and Best Original screenplay (for Goldman).
It lost Best Picture, Director and Sound.
That being said, it holds up much better than all of the 4 other nominees after nearly 50 years.
Bottom Line – Iconic film that helped spotlight the talents of star Paul Newman and rising star Robert Redford. The film works largely due to the great chemistry between the two of them no matter the situation. This film has so many famous quotes and scenes that have been copied and parodied so much over the decades. This film was nominated for 7 Oscars and won for Best Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Score and Song (Raindrops keep falling on my head) It lost Best Picture, Director and Sound. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – All of the Bolivia scenes were filmed in Mexico, where almost the entire cast and crew, and Director George Roy Hill came down with Montezuma’s Revenge (severe diarrhea caused by drinking Mexico’s notoriously polluted water). Only Robert Redford, Paul Newman, and Katharine Ross were spared, because they refused to drink the water catered on the set, and stuck to drinking soda and alcohol for the duration of the shoot. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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