The monotony and dreariness is this film's strength and weakness. It gives it weight, but also weighs it down. Some good emotional moments, but the monologues get to be a bit much. Ben Johnson and Timothy Bottoms give good performances. Leachman, Bridges and Shepherd are good, but I don't understand the acclaim for Leachman.
(...)Während er erzählt, stellen wir fest, dass wir dem Mythos von Sams Leben zuhören. Seiner Vision von Schönheit, die ihn überhaupt am Leben erhält in der Einöde einer sterbenden Stadt: Anarene, Texas. Sam, gespielt von dem Western Darsteller Ben Johnson, ist die Seele von Anarene. Er betreibt das Diner, die Billard Halle und das Royal Theater. Die einzigen Orte, in denen überhaupt etwas los ist.(...)
A rather depressing story of frustrated teenagers and clapped-out oldies trying to survive in a cultural desert. But the acting, dialogue, set pieces, and cinematography are first rate, which makes for a must see classic. Loses a star for dragging out the bad sex scenes, and for being uniformly grim.
First time I saw this American classic. I was swept away bi its amazing portrait of lost American provinciana of the 50s. The work with the spaces in the town is so good. A beautiful film, full of nostalgia, and an amazing actors directing and acting. And what a cast! I liked especially Timothy Bottoms, reminding us a bit (not incidentally) of James Dean.
Why don´t you love me like you used to do? A gritty plaintive and poignant paean to 50's Americana. A dry Texas dust bowl plays stage to inarticulate and doomed youthful ambitions and confused emotions, while the elders can only watch wryly as history repeats and unravels. A masterpiece that stays with you long after the picture flicker fades.
A film about the profound sadness of people entering your life, meaning so much, and then going on their ways. Not a character is wasted, each immersed in their own life stories. The accumulation of emotion and backstory, the unpredictability of occurance, the film's sense of place and affection for its characters... there's enough here for a five-season series, but I'll settle for these two spellbinding hours.