Road film turning heist film. A fun example of standard 70's New Hollywood action film, featuring a strong set of upcoming/experienced actors, casual nudity, good taste in guns and a take on countries' changing landscape whilst romancing whatever is left of good ol' Wild West.
Cimino's debut film hints at the visual majesty he would later display in 'The Deer Hunter' and 'Heaven's Gate' but fails in its scripting. The film isn't far removed from the drive-in fodder of its time period in both its story and car chases. Performance wise both Eastwood and Bridges are interesting but George Kennedy impresses more. Plus who knew Jeff Bridges could ever be cute in a gingham dress!
The power of a director. In many ways a routine (and early on at least, somewhat awful) genre film is given life through the visual majesty of Cimino's compositional sense. By the 30 minute mark (or at least the trunk full of rabbits scene) this becomes an admirably nuts caper film with continual surprises. The ending in particular provides a whole new perspective on what you have just seen.
L'esordio di Cimino dice molto del suo talento.L'uso dinamico ed intenso della telecamera,la visione d'insieme dei paesaggi,la solidità della struttura narrativa:tutto concorre a creare un road-movie di alto livello,seppur con una sceneggiatura zoppicante ed un ritmo che deve essere ancora affinato. Ottimi i dialoghi e le caratterizzazioni,così come il gran finale drammatico....Michael ci sapeva fare.
Former screenwriter Michael Cimino's debut behind the camera is a charming mixture of buddy/caper/road movie. A cinematography that enhances the beautiful natural landscapes of middle america; a cast that exudes bonafide chemistry; and an unexpectedly victorious but sour conclusion to the adventure are the main reasons to treasure this film.