Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Dec 2009 and 14 May 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Two soldiers are tasked with delivering a prisoner to a military jail a few states away and instead of going straight there, they decide to show him a good time along the way.
My Take on it – This film has an interesting story which has its moments, but overall, I felt that the film was slightly lacking especially since it drags a bit too much along the way.
They do a nice job of making a political statement about the military and the Vietnam War in general which is quite interesting since when it was written, the US was still very much ensconced in that war.
The characters are all written well and Jack Nicholson stands out among them.
Both Nicholson and Randy Quaid for nominated for Oscars for this film (Best Actor/ Best Supporting Actor respectively) for their roles.
I’m still a bit baffled how the recent film Last Flag Flying (2017) is meant to be a sequel to this film since the characters are very different in both films.
Great seeing small roles for Carol Kane, Nancy Allen and Gilda Radner before they were known actresses.
Bottom Line – Interesting story that is fun to watch yet the story feels as if it drags along too much. The way that they try to make a political statement about the military especially during the Vietnam War comes across really well. The characters are all fine with Nicholson doing the best job. Both Nicholson and Quaid got Oscar nominations for this film. Still not sure how Last Flag Flying (2017) is a sequel to this film tho since it doesn’t seem as if the characters are the same ones in both films.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The script was completed in 1970, but contained too much profanity to be shot as written. Columbia Pictures waited for two years trying to get writer Robert Towne to tone down the language. Instead, by 1972, the standards for foul language relaxed so much, that all the profanity was left in. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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