Bank Shot (1974)

“Poor Mr. Ballantine… he’s gone down with the safe.” – Victor Karp

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A group of criminals scheme to rob a bank temporarily located in a mobile home.

My Take on it – This is another movie that I came across by accident and had no clue what it was all about.

The overall premise is actually quite intriguing yet they fail to present things in a way that works well enough.

The cast is great and George C. Scott is fine in the lead role despite the fact that there is always the constant feeling that something is off since the tone and pacing makes it all feel very unwelcome to the viewer.

Despite this they are able to at least make it seem as if the actors really are having such a great time making this film.

The plot and story are told in a very strange and sometimes absurd way that unfortunately takes a lot away from things here.

The viewer has no real reason to care about any of the characters or about what will happen to them since none of them are developed well enough.

The dialogue is quite silly and fails to be engaging to the viewer at all which also hurts things far too much.

Despite all this, the premise is actually pretty good and I wonder as to whether a modern writer would be able to create a clever enough story that could work much better if they recycled this story

Bottom Line – Fun idea that just doesn’t work well enough, The cast is great with Scott leading things quite well yet something constantly feels off because the tone of the movie just doesn’t really make things feel welcomed enough.  It definitely looks like these actors had a really fun time making this movie yet the plot is told in such an absurd fashion that it hurts things more than helps them because the viewer never has any real reason to take these characters seriously or even care about what will happen to any of them. The dialogue is far too silly for its own good and that also causes enough problems here.  I wonder if this premise were to be recycled today if a clever writer would be able to make this work even better.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Screenwriter Wendell Mayes was very disappointed with this film and pinned the blame on director Gower Champion, who had, he claimed, imposed entirely the wrong style on the subject-matter. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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