James Blue saw this short film and told Eagle to make a feature. Eagle did, he made THE WHOLE SHOOTIN' MATCH. James Blue has helped establish the American Film Institution and he edited FILM COMMENT for its first three years. This film is in some weird way a a testament to Blue's support for Texas filmmakers. He didn't encourage its making. He encouraged the filmmaker. Good for him.
A hell of a debut. Lou Perryman and Sonny Carl Davis are both excellent as two regular joes just trying to get by in late 70s Texas. The dialogue here is as natural as can be while still being engaging, which is a problem with most short film debuts; also worth of praise is the crisp cinematography and assured direction, revealing Eagle Pennell as a major talent (as well as a sadly underrated one).