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Boxcar Bertha(1972)

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  • boxcar bertha

    • kevin sellers
    • 5/28/16

    I agree with the previous reviewer that Barbara Hershey is sexy as hell, but it sure would have been nice if the screenwriters and overpraised director of this lackluster "Bonnie And Clyde" remake had provided her with a character to go along with that nubile backside. As it is, there is a smiling, giggling, wide eyed hole in the screen where her personality should be. Kind of like "60s Hippie Babe Does the Depression." You expect her to hand out flowers or play the tambourine while she's robbing banks. Contrast Hershey with Faye Dunaway's study of blood lust, snobbery, frustration, and sadness as Bonnie Parker and you begin to see how uninvolving Hershey's Bertha is as an anti hero. And because of our lack of interest in Bertha there is zero interest in the relationship between her and union organizer turned outlaw, Bill Shelly, decently played by David Carradine. This of course results in a general air of "ho hum" throughout the film, with no dramatic buildup to the climactic crucifixon scene which, as directed by the Boy Wonder, aint all that climactic. There is also a general sloppiness to the film. Cops suddenly enter boxcars without any shots establishing how. A cop car suddenly gets run off the road without showing why. And the blues harmonica score, while occasionally affecting, is mostly intrusive, like a fly that won't stop buzzing. And while there are glimmerings of Scorsese's future greatness, like the scenes in the whorehouse, in general it looks like ol Marty had to go back to his New York, lowlife roots to find himself, artistically. So, let's give it a C. P.S. Did Bernie Casey's smug, black power thing annoy you as much as it did me?

  • An Oscar-Winning Director's Beginnings

    • Frank Harris Horn
    • 9/22/10

    This is one of Martin Scorsese's early body of work that would help launch his illustrious directing career. This is based on a true story set during the Great Depression. Barbara Hershey stars in the title role of a beautiful free-spirited crook, and David Carradine plays a railroad Robin Hood, who become lovers, and together, they become the most notorious train robbers in the South. However, with the law hot on their trail, they may have bought themselves a one-way ticket to a deadly destination! Scorsese's early film project is good of it's kind, but buffs looking for embryonic Scorsese stylistics maybe a little let down. Don't miss Barbara Hershey's nude scene in the boxcar during her sex scene with Carradine. This sexy outlaw has a beautiful fanny worth seeing. Filmed on location in Reader, Arkansas. With Barry Primus, Bernie Casey, John Carradine, Victor Argo, David R. Osterhout, Harry Northrup, Ann Morell, Marianne Dole & Joe Reynolds.

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