4.5 slow erosion at the facade of small town life executed with a gradual inspection of the interpersonal interactions and characteristics of specific players. a key function of this eventual searing indictment culminating in mob mentality is predicated on somewhat of an epigraph simply stating to leave white people problems to white people.
Oh, what might have been with less studio meddling and better editing... Despite its unevenness, the second half contains some exceptionally powerful filmmaking: the portrayal of small town idiocy is terrifying, Brando revels in his role as the less-than-stoical man alone and the entire conclusion has the pessimism and scale of classical tragedy. There was a great film lurking somewhere inside here.
A fine drama that uses the catalyst of an escaped criminal (Robert Redford) to pick at the scabs running through a small town, be they infidelities, suspected corruptions, nepotism, and more. The excellent cast includes Marlon Brando, E. G. Marshall, James Fox, Janice Rule, and Robert Duvall.
"Desire" list. Redford, Brando and the still admirable Fonda. But with those steeds, moreover amazing actors, what to do? To let Penn's wonderful narrator abilities wrap us in so much instability, which he does perfectly, with a great help from Brando and Redford, the magnificent steeds.
One of those legendary failures that features a lot of good things...Brando's performance is dynamite and a lot of the supporting cast is too (Fonda, Duvall, Janice Rule, EG Marshall). It's marred by it's slow pace and the woefully miscast Robert Robert (as Bubba?...a role better suited for the likes of Steve McQueen)