Every once in a while you see a film that you just can't figure out why it's taken so long for you to see it. Everything about this is right up my alley ... It's a deliberately paced character study set in seedy urban locales, features a great early performance from James Caan and a really surprisingly different role for Marsha Mason. Probably like most folks, I associate Mason with the string of films she did based on Neil Simon plays. This film was made right before she married Simon and reveals an entirely different side of her. The closest point of comparison I could come up with for this film is "The Last Detail", and sure enough, this film is also written by Darryl Ponicsan, based on his novel. Eli Wallach, Burt Young, Bruno Kirby and Dabney Coleman all have strong supporting parts.