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JULES FEIFFER disaster
Peiffer was an amusing though cynical cartoonist for the old Village Voice newspaper back in the late '60's and '70's . He should have remained in his proper metier. This film/play is terrible, simply awful. Had I been in a theater/cinema, I would have walked out after 15 minutes. I lived and worked in NYC during the time-frame of this scenario. Grotesque exaggerations of individuals and events throughout the film. Waste of some pretty good acting talent.
- kevin sellers
Unless you've had a bellyful of Woody Allen's sentimental gush about NYC and need a quick antidote this film is toxic and will quite literally make you sick. D minus.
- Nancy LaFerney
I have no idea why this movie was ever made. I watched it off and on for a while and then read the synopsis. It was depressing. I hope this is not the direction TCM is going in the movies they show.
Amazing Portrait of Life in the Big City
I was very confused when I first started watching this movie, but it really got to me. I lived in the center of acouple of big cities and can see people, types of people I knew. Too scared of muggers, robbers and murderers that they can't enjoy life. Distant and vacant to protect themselves. Some falsely joyous and Pollyannaish they don't see danger. Great movie. I want to see it again.
Let me mold you!!!
totally bizarre and really disturbing film....not quite sure how else to describe it. Everyone in this picture is nuts and by the end (a truly shocking scene!) all concerned are completely around the bend. The reason? They live in New York City. The city itself is a central character in the film but in an abstract sort of way--not as a physical "thing" but maybe more of a metaphor for the dehumanized, degrading and monstrous portrayal of modern big-city living. Anyhow the performances are all top notch and director Arkin includes some long set pieces which give the picture a real depth and not so subtle creepiness---Lou Jakobi gives one of the greatest speeches ever seen on film and Donald Sutherland gives another about marriage which actually made a lot of sense. Arkin plays a small roll as an insane police detective which is quite unsettling. Eliot Gould is in one of his best roles here. I had never heard of this movie before and was really profoundly shocked by the various character portrayals and especially the ending which I did not anticipate in the least. Highly recommended.