Jack Lemmon and Jack Gilford act the hell out of this film. Very much a character study but what a character study it is. Harry, Jack Lemmon, is stuck in the past, while everything around him is falling apart and he tries to make sense of it all. Does he in the end...who knows?
Jack Lemmon was great...I just think the film cut off the story too soon, that and while the scenes with the Myra character are well done and fairly legitimate it's not too hard to see them being in another film, but this too I think has a lot to do with only so much having been made of the narrative. I think we should've at least gotten to see how much of a toll the forthcoming events would've had on him.
A very interesting film which attempts to expose the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy permeating American society in the early 70's. A liberal minded film that diagnoses society's ills but struggles to offer any remedy aside from pessimistic acceptance. Dramatically not always satisfying but leaves the viewer with plenty to chew on.
Jack Lemmon is my favorite film actor for one major reason: he never, in his long career, ever played a cop. He played me, you, them, people with problems, joy, sadness, achievement; a person just trying to get through the day and the life. Anybody can chew up scenery. It takes something special to be a person up there.