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.
Drama , Romance
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Columbia Pictures


Al Pacino
as Bobby
Marthe Keller
as Lillian
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
Dorothy James
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 (9) | 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.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
TV Guide

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
Groucho Reviews

Iffy but interesting early Pacino that rewards another look.

Full Review… | March 9, 2008
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Bobby Deerfield


Although I am a fan of Al Pacino and Sydney Pollack, this film was somewhat of a disappointment. The sets and scenery were beautiful with romantic countryside. I some parts the movie kind of dragged along and the acting by Al Pacino was certainly not up to his usual standard of talent. This could have been a wonderful movie, with great story line, if some of the scenes were taken out. I did not at all like Pacino's impersonation of Mae West and thought his acting was rather stiff and wooden when confronting Lillian at her apartment with Mae West impersonation. Otherwise this would have been a fantastic movie.

Suzanne Oxford
Suzanne Oxford

How to see Europe on a $2 video rental. Sydney Pollack's driection in this young-Pacino drama has its moments. Although, I think I would be hard pressed to find ANYone with a camera in France & Italy and not make it look beautiful. But the scenery is fantastic. An American race car driver sees a wreck where a friend dies and he gets a little worried about death. Visiting his friend in the hospital, he meets another woman who tags along for the ride. She was a patient, but we don't know why. She's fucking nuts, that's for sure. There were romantic moments, but they were weak and they didn't amount to anything. At some point, she says to him, "I'm sorry you didn't scream with me. I'm sorry you didn't chase the balloon. I hope you find your rabbits." This is metaphor that alludes to previous scenes, which basically means: "I'm sorry that you're not more expressive, that you don't take more chances. I hope you find what you are afraid of." This is the kind of writing that permeates this film. I don't know when the cliche started, but it's here. Lillian is overly expressive, artistic and outgoing. Bobbby is reserved, safe and sane and is somehow drawn to Miss Crazypants. At some point he even takes her to task, screams at her for her seeming indifference, and its just hollow. You can't get mad at her when she's acting in the way that you were intrigued by all along. After that, it all just falls into scenes of romantic growth leading to the melodramatic ending.

Nik Browning
Nik Browning

Even though it's the most feminine role I've seen Pacino in, I can see some of his future badass in this film. It's not really a great story though. Outside of Pacino, there wasn't much in the way of entertainment for me in this, and you can find Pacino in much more entertaining movies. I'd pass unless you're a fan of Al Pacino (which I suppose if you have any interest in this at all, you probably are).

Brogan Reynik
Brogan Reynik

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