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You will either love this movie, or hate it
- Scott Miller
I first saw this movie in 1969 when I was 13 years old. It has stayed with me, all these years. I am definetly in the love it category. I tried to get everyone I know to watch this movie. If you are passionate ( like me) about movies about injustice, you definetly have to see this. I became a huge Marlon Brando fan, after watching this flick. He was a decent man where indecency ran rapid Brando had some great lines, in this movie.The scene where Brando is beaten to a pulp no one will forget. Violent scenes were one of Penn's trademarks. The ending in Bonnie and Clyde where they are shot many times and Four Friends where the father kills his daughter at her wedding, come to mind. It has an all star cast also. There was great chemistry between a young Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. There was a scene in the junkyard where after not seeing each other in 2 years , they finally meet. They hug each other and share a cigarette together and Fonda says one word, BABY The next year they did 'Barefoot in the Park'. Plus, Robert Duvall, Richard Bradford, E.G.Marshall, Miriam Hopkins, James Fox and Angie Dickinson ( as Brando's wife). There are many more. The music score was done by John Barry and it is excellent. It is amazing how many people have not seen this movie, considering the many stars that were in it and it was made in 1966. .In my opinion, it is one of the most underrated movies , of all time.
Defines the word "lurid".
- Pal Wall
One of the more intriguing "forgotten" films of the 1960s, The Chase literally is the definition of a lurid movie. As the film progresses, it becomes more and more decadent, over-the-top, and unhinged, until you find yourself observing an almost surreal alternate universe version of small town Texas. The performances are almost universally strong, with Brando actually underplaying many of his scenes with an underlying smoldering intensity. One gets the feeling throughout most of the film that he is barely containing his disdain and animosity for the freak show of a town he is presiding over as sheriff. Angie Dickinson is gorgeous, Fonda and Redford fantastic, as is Edward Fox. One can see the last vestiges of the old Hollywood in this movie, as some scenes are so bombastic that they border on camp. The best sequence is when Brando's character literally has the hell beaten out of him and truly looks it afterwards. The last 15 minutes of the movie has an apocalyptic, out of control feel, with what appears to be the entire town descending into a flare and Molotov cocktail throwing frenzy in a huge auto salvage yard. Although some of the film feels like it belongs to the old Hollywood, the ending fits squarely in the abrupt, bummed out early 70s style of film endings. A truly bizarre, and often rewardingly memorable film that deserves to be rediscovered. The new bluray by Twilight Time looks and sounds fantastic, as if the film had been released today.
- kevin sellers
Messagey soap opera. A paralyzing combination.
How did The Chase miss?
- Richard Taylor
With an an all star cast that would make many of today's producers drool, a screen play by an American icon, and one of the seminal directors of the sixties and seventies, it's hard to understand how the Chase missed. Not only did it fail with reviewers and at the box office, no one today even recalls it. Marlon Brando slogs his way as the cynical and tired hero of the story yet he is compelling every second he is on the screen. He is Brando. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda give us a glimpse as to why they were both soon destined for super stardom with their portrayals of the film's two most interesting and central characters, a husband and wife separated by society, ignorance and bad choices. Surprising performances by well known and soon to be well known actors add delicious moments of drama and pathos along the way. That may also be the problem. There is so much dramatic action that it must have been hard for Penn not to let some of scenery get chewed just a little. It may have turned viewers and reviewers of the day off as movies themselves were changing faster than the rancid society depicted in this film.The best part of this picture is how the tension in the town builds and how the many disparate characters slowly converge only to collide in a well paced dramatic climax that doesn't let you down. Unfortunately, Brando's character's final non violent act may say more about the film's production than it does the story itself.
Sam Spiegel ran his Horizon Films as a boutique film studio with a lot of independence from Columbia Pictures. And why not? Spiegel brought great acclaim to Columbia via The Bridge On The River Kwai, Suddenly Last Summer, and a masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia. Spiegel cast Marlon Brando whom he brought to fame in On THe Waterfront also at Columbia and cast a stella array of players such as Jane Fonda, Angie Dickinson, Mirima Hopkins and Robert Redford. Athur Penn directed this very good film.
The Chase - Tense Drama
- Bruce Reber
"The Chase" is a tense and shattering drama about escaped convict Bubber Reeves (Robert Redford) making his way back to his hometown, only to find that his wife Anna (Jane Fonda) and best friend Jake Rogers (James Fox) are having an affair of the heart. Complicating things are the fact that banker Val Rogers (E.G. Marshall) owns the town and everyone in it, including sheriff Calder (Marlon Brando), and the citizens (most of whom spend their time partying and playing musical beds) are convinced Bubber is a killer and band together to prevent Calder from making sure Bubber gets a fair deal. Bubber's mother (Miriam Hopkins) desperately tries to protect her son, but everything ends tragically when Jake dies in the junkyard and Bubber is gunned down on the courthouse steps, leaving Anna totally alone. Calder finally gets out from under Val's thumb when he and wife Ruby (Angie Dickinson) leave town. One of the best dramas of the 60's, and I have the DVD.
Watch For Miriam Hopkins
- Alan Eichler
Underrated film with a wonderful all-star cast. Watch for Miriam Hopkins in one of her greatest and last over-the-top performances as Mrs. Reeves.
Cutting to THE CHASE
- Jarrod McDonald
This is a great film...it stays with you long after viewing. There are many layers and deep, rich characterizations from a very capable cast. It's worth noting that this was Miriam Hopkins' final film in an extraordinary Hollywood career.
A Must See
This movie not only gives you Marlon Brando and a veritable "who's who cast" of anyone who became someone, but offers a first-time appearance from a often over-looked actor...Richard Bradford. Bradford's appearance in "The Chase" didn't go unoticed and he went on to star in a little known tv series called "Man In A Suitcase". He has appeared in such movies as "A Trip to Bountiful", "Missouri Breaks" and "The Untouchables" to name a few. In "The Chase" Bradford, not your typical mild & meek banker gives Brando a run for his money by handing in a great performance as the brutal womanizing Damon Fuller who is anything but a stereotypical number cruncher. Sublime. The rest of the cast, holds such illuminaries as Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Robert Duvall, Angie Dickinson, E.G. Marshall, Diana Hyland and watch for a young Paul Williams. It's good & decent vs good ole boy mentality & money in this small southern town as an escaped convict "Bubber Reeves" makes his way back home. I love this movie! Check this movie out you won't be dissapointed.