Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)
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Critic Reviews for Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
What little narrative or characterization shows up on screen could barely fill an abridged short story.
The script, about small-timers who wished they were bigger, is soon totally undermined by Fonda's most complacent performance to date and Susan George's sub-Goldie Hawn antics.
The film is so bereft of emotion and so full of physical movement that it's possible this is a point that John Hough, the director, and the screenwriters wanted to make. It's a very small point to be made by such a noisy picture.
... a cult classic of seventies speed cinema, where car chase and stunt films were really about rubber hitting-and leaving-the road.
Audience Reviews for Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
The weed of crime bears bitter fruit in this 70's era car chase notable for real stunt work and "f**k authority!" aesthetics. Get yer teenage rebellion groove on.
What the film lacks in terms of character development and logic, it makes up for in its devotion to spectacular automobile mayhem. The sensation that the cars are actually driving at an intense speed is conveyed by the bobbing of the camera as it tries to keep the actors' faces in frame while shooting inside the moving vehicle. What's the movie about? Outlaws on the run, ditzy hitch-hiker, pursuing lawman who does things his own way, battle of wits, a helicopter and a train.
Such a fun and entertaining movie. Great car chase(s) and fun performances. Even parts snappy and painful dialogue. It started off kind of grim but soon got enjoyably ridiculous. Deke was awesome and Peter Fonda was cool. Not Captain America (Easy Rider) cool, but still cool even if he drives NASCAR. Susan George was cute enough, but Mary was kind of annoying and those teeth were frightening. Vic Morrow was a crackhead and the Roddy McDowell cameo was nice too. I know the ending is supposed to be this big shocker but it just kind of made me laugh. A fun watch regardless.
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