"Boxcar Bertha" is nothing more than a footnote in the great Martin Scorsese's career. The only reason to watch this is if you are an avid Scorsese fan and are interested in seeing a film from early in his career when he was just starting out. A lot of his trademarks are present, but this feels more like an exploitation flick mixed with a Bonnie and Clyde knock off than it does a Scorsese picture.
Scorsese was apparently told by Cassavetes that he had spent a year making "a piece of shit." I have to disagree. This, imo, is one his most unique films, up there with Alice and King of Comedy. Felt sort of like a Butch Cassidy meets Bonnie and Clyde film. All the actors played off each other well, and the pacing is quite good throughout. He went on to bigger and better, but this is a very solid early effort.
5.5/10 - More Roger Corman than Martin Scorsese, more exploitation B-movie without much exploitation than artful drama, more clumsy than smooth. Still somewhat entertaining and has a unique low-budget depression era countryside atmosphere. This is the least Scorsese-like Scorsese film I have seen so far. Thankfully he listened to Cassavetes' advice, and followed his own dreams after this.
Interessante opera di formazione di Scorsese,ancora acerba in alcune scelte registiche ma che sprigiona un indubbio fascino narrativo con la sua esclation di violenza.Ambientata durante la Grande Depressione,ha il pregio di raccontarci la difficile vita "di confine",più simile al vecchio West che a quella della città industrializzata.Bello il simbolismo del finale.Un Martin chiaramente in ascesa.
Modesta y hasta a veces aburrida trama sobre fugitivos, no solo el de los amantes, sino también el de una sociedad. Es lo más lejano, temáticamente hablando, al primer Scorsese. Incluso un filme que extraña estar a la línea de lo que produce o filme Roger Corman.
It's not Scorsese's best film, you can see the beginnings of a great director, I know this was his second film and it features some great performances from Barbara Hershey and David Carradine. The vision is there, the story sadly isn't, it just felt all over the place to me. A good start nonetheless for a great director.