What starts as a goofy comedy ends in existential angst. Carroll O'Connor + Ernest Borgnine are true to form here, fans will love this, and anyone who is a fan of Karen Black has got to see her over-the-top performance as a trashy, sexed-up and disgruntled hairdresser. Wacky and scary, this is actually what Manhattan was like pre-Giuliani, and I liked it a lot better that way. Nice shots of Old New York, I miss her!
There are many "Vigilante film" in 70's America but this truly underknown gem is distinctive & hilariously desolate one. At first this movie begins as ridiculous comedy with out-of-vigilante's-place music, gradually revealing American machismo which consists of soldier's arrogance & naughty boy's innocence and reaching disconsolate landscape of violence. Ivan Passer is auteur of "Life is miserable, You must accept"
Dramatic comedy. Carroll O'Connor is Rod Steiger's look-alike ! Karen Black's performance, in the role of Gloria, is worth remembering. Borgnine, O'Connor and their pals are given the liberty, the power to change things in their neighborhood but don't know how to use it. This is a recurent theme handled by Passer, Forman and other directors who came to Hollywood after having left their country. Highly recommended.