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The Carey Treatment(1972)

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  • carey treatment

    • kevin sellers
    • 6/1/15

    Director Blake Edwards wanted to take his name off the credits of this film because he claimed MGM execs Bill Belasco and James Aubrey "ruined" it by not letting him have first cut, but I gotta tell ya it's hard to see how a director's cut could have made filet out of the lunch meat that is this movie. In other words, it's not a bad film, just kind of a cheesy one. The last twenty minutes, with a homicidal maniac running loose through a hospital, killing and maiming nurses at will, until being blown away by Boston police lieutenant, Pat Hingle, (?? guess Jack Warden wasn't available) to the beat of Lalo Schiffrin spinoff music, has the look, sound, and overall feel of a "Magnum PI" episode. And James Coburn, in the swinging bachelor mode that he adopted once he became a big star in the 60s, and which he thankfully abandoned after age forced him into roles of greater complexity, is a leaner, grayer version of Tom Selleck. There are some good moments having to do with hospital procedure and politics, courtesy of Michael Crichton's novel, and at least one interesting character, a gourmet, Beacon Hill abortionist (well played by, of all people, former L.A. TV anchor, Alex Dreyer) but taken all in all, as Willy S. would say, this movie earns a C. P.S. Jennifer O'Neill, as the "love interest," (another sign of mediocrity) is dull beyond belief. Was this babe even a flavor of the month? Fortnight seems overly generous.

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    • JH
    • 7/30/11

    Many I've read find this movie boring and lackluster. I would disagree. You'll never find a better written part for an actor, then the part of Dr. Carey for James Coburn. Coburn, who is really at home in any role, excells to make this film worthwhile. Jennifer O'Neil, though comes off naive, is a beautiful woman to watch in the movie. Veteran character actor James Hong is equally adept in bringing roles to life. I understand the pacing of this film will not win it any accolades with modern movie watchers. It is a great 'little' story in which the characters are well fleshed out. The ending is quit suspenseful with the injured killer roaming the hospital. And the scene where James Coburn is ran down in a phone booth is, frankly, chilling. I await it's release on DVD. It is a very well scripted movie full of dialogue, which I understand Roger Ebert didn't care for. Fitting, since I haven't put stock in his reviews for over twenty-five years.If you like James Coburn, you should love this movie.

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