Convicts (1991)


“Martha, are you afraid of dying?” – Horace Robedaux

“No, I ain’t afraid. Just not ready to go yet.” – Martha Johnson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy growing up on a plantation that employs criminals on a chain gang learns many lessons about life from both the convicts and the old plantation owner.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was intrigued to see what it was about solely based on its cast.

Unfortunately, the story is really boring and tedious throughout.

None of the characters feel developed enough and it’s really difficult caring about any of them or anything that they do here.

The story fails to be more engaging and even the conversations between the characters aren’t interesting enough to watch.

The film has a great cast that includes Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones and Lukas Haas, but none of them are giving enough to do here.

This is based on a play by Horton Foote.

The short run time of just about 90 minutes feels far too long for this film because very little actually happens along the way.

Duvall’s portrayal of a senile Confederate War soldier makes things very hard to take seriously enough especially given the way that he babbles his lines in a pretty incoherent way throughout the film.

There isn’t any real chemistry between any of the characters and that makes things even harder to care about any of them.

Bottom Line – Really boring film that doesn’t manage to work at all because it fails to be engaging. The cast is superb but none of them are given enough to do along the way. This is based on a play by Horton Foote.  The runtime of just 90 minutes feels too long because of the way that the story seems to constantly repeat itself. Duvall’s portrayal of a senile Confederate War veteran is hard to take seriously because of the way he babbles along throughout this film.  There is not enough chemistry between the characters and that also hurts things a lot.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Soll thinks he hears someone in the closet he shoots three times and we see three bullet holes. But when Jackson opens the closet door to investigate, there are four holes. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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