Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater, Video, DVD, 2 Jun 2013, 18 Oct 2016 and 2 Dec 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Three best friends at crossroads in their lives take a two week vacation in order to drive cattle from New Mexico to Colorado.
My Take on it – This is a film that I loved as a 17 year old when I first saw it and have only learned to appreciate it more and more over the many times that I’ve seen it over the past thirty years.
The story is quite poignant and profound and the way that it peppers humor along the way also helps make it so memorable to watch.
The cat is nearly perfect and Billy Crystal is truly amazing in the lead role here because he is able to create such a lovable and fun character who is so relatable to the viewer.
His ability to mix humor and drama into this role works so well in endearing the character and the film.
The premise is superb and they find ways to make this feel so realistic in just about everything that happens.
The magic of the film is enhanced by the chemistry between Crystal and his two co-star Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby which is based on their friendship in real life.
The jokes of this film are so enjoyable to watch and remain funny and powerful no matter how often one watches this film.
Jack Palance does a wonderful job in his role as the trail boss and quite deservingly won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in this movie.
Th choice to deal with the premise of mid-life crisis head on works so well because they make things come across so genuinely.
Bottom Line – Amazing film that is so profound on so many levels. The cast is perfect with Crystal doing a superb job in the lead since he is able to mix comedy and drama in all that he does. The film’s premise is quite poignant and they find a way to make things come across so realistically throughout. The chemistry between Crystal and Stern and Kirby helps make things so much more enjoyable to watch because their real friendship shines even though these are fictional characters. The movie is filled with so many great jokes that remain funny no matter how often one watches this movie. Palance does a great job as the trail boss and deservingly win an Oscar for Best Supporting actor for his work here. Great way of showing how people deal with mid-life crises. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Another true story from Billy Crystal’s life portrayed in the movie, is the wake-up call from his mother on his birthday. According to the DVD commentary, his mother would call him on his birthday at around 5 o’clock in the morning (the time he was born) and verbally re-enact the event over the phone. The rendition in the film is word-for-word the true story of Billy Crystal’s birth. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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