Bobby Deerfield

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American race car driver Bobby Deerfield (Al Pacino) has become a success on the European Formula One circuit. He is also egotistical and relentlessly determined, until a terrible racing accident injures other drivers. In the hospital, Deerfield meets Lillian (Marthe Keller), who is suffering serious health problems. She wants to have more excitement in her life and gravitates toward the racer. Although Deerfield is resistant at first, he begins to fall for her as well.

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Critic Reviews for Bobby Deerfield

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  • Bobby Deerfield is a big, slick melodrama that knows exactly what it wants to accomplish and does so with great craft.

    July 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A brilliantly unusual love story, told in a European fashion which makes the Sydney Pollack film at first irritating, then intriguing, finally most rewarding and emotionally satisfying.

    May 26, 2008 | Full Review…

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  • A classic example of a Hollywood director being struck down by a lethal 'art' attack as soon as he sets foot in Europe.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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  • Bobby Deerfield may turn out to be the year's most cynical movie made by people who know better, including Sydney Pollack, the director, and Alvin Sargent, who wrote the screenplay.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This forgettable mess will remain one of Pacino's most unknown pictures.

    August 27, 2020 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…
  • Sydney Pollack, who once took the unlikely materials that made up The Way We Were and pulled them together to come sailing triumphantly home, has done it again in Bobby Deerfield.

    October 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bobby Deerfield

  • Feb 22, 2009
    A bizarre misfire from a talented line-up of artists. With such a towering amount of potential, it is peculiar to see Bobby Deerfield as what it is - a mess. Lacking in any sort of distinguishable narrative or character thread, the movie plods off in numerous directions and leaves the audience behind. The most interesting aspect of it is Al Pacino's understated acting in the title role. Pacino has stated that out of all the roles he's played, this one is the closest to himself in reality. It is evident that he has a deep understanding of this character, but his depth and nuance is lost in a chaotically executed picture.
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