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Bobby Deerfield (1977)

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Starring Al Pacino and directed by Sydney Pollack, Bobby Deerfield stars Pacino plays the title character, a reckless race car driver. As his fame grows, Bobby becomes increasingly full of himself, which seriously jeopardizes his performance on the track and his private life. Marthe Keller plays Bobby's aristocratic, enigmatic lady friend, whose tragic secret sets the stage for melodrama. Also on hand is Ann Duperey as a racetrack groupie. Originally released at 124 minutes, Bobby Deerfield was pared down to 99 minutes by director Pollack for cable-TV consumption.

Cast

Al Pacino
as Bobby
Walter McGinn
as The Brother
Romolo Valli
as Uncle Luigi
Stephan Meldegg
as Karl Holtzmann
Jaime Sánchez
as Delvecchio
Norman Neilsen
as The Magician
Mickey Knox
as Tourist
Guido Alberti
as Priest In Garden
Aurora Maris
as Woman In Gas Station
Gerard Hernandez
as Carlos Del Montanara
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Critic Reviews for Bobby Deerfield

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

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…

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…

Those who feel that Al Pacino did no wrong during the 1970s obviously never saw Bobby Deerfield.

October 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This gorgeously shot film is a trifle long at just over two hours; much of the racing footage could have been dispensed with, along with the sudsiest of the emotions.

May 26, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A resonant Pacino...though ultimately a misfire, suggests that there are worse things to call a movie than 'a curiosity.' [DVD review]

March 9, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Bobby Deerfield

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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.

Mike T.
Mike T.

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