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- kevin sellers
So so rom com about a corporate raider who turns out to have a heart of gold. Problem is, after Milkin, Boesky, Gordon Gekko, and of course our current prez, such characters are difficult to find credible, let alone lovable. Still, Garner is at his most charmingly roguish, kind of Maverick in a blazer, Natalie Wood is hard not to like, there are some nice supporting turns by 50s/60s veteranos like Dean Jagger, Henry Jones, E.G. Marshall, and Nina Foch, and screenwriters Lenore Coffey/Marion Hargrove and director Joseph Pevney keep things moving at a good clip. Give it a B minus.
Film from 1960 Corporate Raider who buys cheap sells expensive and puts whole towns out of work saved by noble daughter of latest manipulated businessman. Fast forward to 1990 for Corporate Raider echo echo saved by hooker with heart of gold in Pretty woman. Move to 1912 and watch fiction become fact in a presidential election. Anyone have a noble daughter or hooker we could borrow.
When you first hear of this flick, you think it is like most ofGarner's "Light Comedy" from the 60's - Not so. This film shows the asteamy underside of the Big Business "Scene" and the kind of trickerythat goes on... And how even an honest down to earth deal could be madeto look like a swindle, with a little jealousy and backstabbing addedwhen least expected- And for that you have to give proper credit toNina Koch for playing a kind of reverse "Erica Martin" from ExecutiveSuite.Garner is surrounded with some of the great character actors of thetime:Dean Jagger, E. G. Marshall (From "12 Angry Men"), Otto Kruger (FromHitchcock's "Saboteur" and "Magnificent Obsession"), Edward Platt("Chief" from "Get Smart").And of course Natalie Wood, and in this film she gives one of herbest... She is an absolute firecracker. I like the fact that theinteraction between Garner and Wood is a little subdued.I'm glad I saw this, and if it comes out on DVD I'll grab it fast.One little thing- This was directed by Joe Pevney, who directed some of the best Star Trek Original Series episodes.
GRRRRREAT! THANKS TCM!
- Don of Sacramento
I just saw that this movie will be shown on 08/08/08! I am really excited since I have not seen it in years and have been waiting for such a long time to watch it. I hope that it will be on DVD in the future, but it will be in my personal DVD collection.
- Movie Fan
This good entertaining film stars the handsome James Garner and a young lovely Natalie Wood. The movie is well acted and has a strong support cast. James Garner shines as a corporate raider. Nina Foch is well convincing in her role. I recommend that this movie be shown on TCM and hopefully be soon released on DVD. Anyone who is a James Garner or Natalie Wood fan would like to have this DVD in their film library!