I really wanted to give 5 stars so much, but couldn't. Although Jack Nicholson is doing great, with brilliant moments and scenes (i.e. flag signal codes), there are, however, also terrible hangovers (i.e. sect). What a pity. Good, but unfortunately not top class.
Another underappreciated gem from Hal Ashby. This profane "guy's night out"-type film is full of social commentary and hilarity. Jack Nicholson ignites the screen with his anger and disdain for authority as he and Otis Young transport a young randy Quaid to prison for a petty crime. Great script that says lots, this potty-mouthed satire is one that shouldn't be overlooked.
Film di una semplicità bellissima.Da una base navale fino ad una prigione,una semplice corvè diventa un modo per attraversare le grigie ed amare periferie di un'America affascinante e tenebrosa,in cui tre militari incrociano le proprie vite e fanno sorgere quesiti su giustizia e società.Ottimo script,un Nicholson d'annata e Ashby che suggella il tutto con una raffinata regia.Una chicca della New Hollywood.4*
During a decade in which he lit up the screen in many iconic roles, Jack's portrayal of 'Bad-Ass' Buddusky in Ashby's Towne-scripted offbeat road movie tends to get overlooked. He lights up the screen as the hard drinking and cussing Navy lifer tasked, alongside another career sailor, with the detail of escorting a young felon to a naval prison and showing him a good time along the way. A wonderful, bittersweet gem..
I really enjoyed this film. Loved the pace, dialogue, and the look of the film. It seemed made without an audience in mind and the character's interactions felt very real b/c of it. Reminded me of Husbands and Mikey and Nicky. I love films from the 70s. Great over;apping of images - done at right time, just enough. Watched just now on crackle.com for free by the way. I will be on the hunt now for more Ashby.
In lieu of a review I have decided to post a definition and my own addendum. realism |ˈrēəˌlizəm| noun 1 the attitude or practice of accepting a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it accordingly 2 the quality or fact of representing a person, thing, or situation accurately or in a way that is true to life See Also: The Last Detail and Jack Nicholson's performance there-within.
A simple linear story line film by the great Hal Ashby with non linear emotional monkey wrenches inserted that results in exquisite character development and deconstruction plus a covert meta narrative commentary about race relations, circa 1970's, during the slice of post vietnam America.