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(1979) N/A (N/A) (1) * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "It is a largely unsung song of the South--Texas, that is--and was one of the first bricks in Robert Redford's independent film empire. Directed by Eagle Pennell, "The Whole Shootin' Match" follows two bumbling schemers, Lloyd (Lou Perryman) and Frank (Sonny Davis), as they warm barstools and make big plans for small businesses and crazy inventions that will help get them out of their rut. Naturally, the hole proves too deep and the bottle too unbeatable, but there's dignity, warmth, and humor in their refusal to stop dreaming. Made on a shoestring by a film school dropout in 1979, "The Whole Shootin' Match" offers the sort of anti-hero narratives and local textures that would soon become standard for American independent filmmaking." CONSENSUS: "...a loving, indulgent, funny, very casual movie about the ups and downs of a couple of innocent, self-defeating American clowns." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: When I read the NYT review that ended with ""The Whole Shootin' Match" reportedly cost $30,000. It sometimes looks it, yet the movie has something 9 out of 10 far more expensive features don't have — a way of getting in touch with life." - I was hooked on seeing it. The fact that seeing this movie was the impetus for Robert Redford to establish the Sundance Institute to promote similar, independent (called "regional" then) films sealed the deal. MY THOUGHTS: Many similarities to "The Last Picture Show" (1971), a mainstream film by Peter Bogdonovich. You feel you're looking at real characters in natural settings, and time is moving forward at normal pace. Long takes are never boring; everything is well thought out, and allows the viewer to reflect of his/her own circumstances. The $15,000 (Director Eagle Pennel's quote in the written supplements) in funding shows up, but almost adds to the truthfulness of the characters, scenery, lighting, etc. They say this was done on weekends, and amazingly led to an avalanche of indies in the years ahead. [New purchase by HCL] (Criterion Collection)
posted Jun 29, 2009 at 11:04AM
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