Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Apr 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A bookie who is in trouble with a local gangster calls upon a childhood friend to help him out.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before it was recently suggested to me to watch.
Peter Falk and John Cassavetes were both great actors and I had hoped that having them together in this film would make it so much more memorable.
The premise is actually an intriguing one yet they unfortunately don;t manage to reach the potential that they have here.
The performances of Falk and Cassavetes are both fine here but something is missing that would make us care more about the characters and everything that they do here.
One would expect much better chemistry between two characters who are meant to be childhood and lifelong friends and that just doesn’t come across with the way things are presented here which is a shame.
Ned Beatty is an interesting choice as the hit-man sent to find Cassavetes and he just doesn’t seem to fit the role very well which makes it a bit weird that he is the hit man chosen to take care of the problem that the mafia has with Cassavetes’ bookie.
The film takes a few scenes in some very strange directions and they never seem to find the right way to keep things thrilling and instead it all seems far too lackluster and that mae this film quite disappointing to watch unfold.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that has so much more potential than is realized here. Falk and Cassavetes are both great actors but something is missing here in their performances that takes away from caring about what will happen to either of them. They also lack the right chemistry for this kind of story where they are meant to be lifelong friends. The story goes in some strange directions and fails to stay thrilling enough to keep the viewer interested throughout.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Peter Falk was convinced that Ned Beatty was the brother of Warren Beatty. When he found out they were only a few months apart, he broke out into hives with embarrassment and stopped production for the day. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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