Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970)

Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970)




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In this drama that features soundtrack songs by Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Bob Dylan, Little Fauss, a mild-mannered, dim-bulb beginning motorcycle racer is befriended by Big Halsy, a loudmouth pro who has been banned from the track. Halsy offers Fauss a mechanic's job if only Fauss will allow him to assume his name and bike. The duo embark upon a series of adventures on the road usually culminating in Halsy taking advantage of Fauss. More abuse ensues when the two fall in love with Rita Nebraska. Eventually Fauss decides he has had enough, and the two duel it out on the track.
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Paramount Pictures

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Robert Redford
as Halsy Knox
Michael J. Pollard
as Little Fauss
Lauren Hutton
as Rita Nebraska
Noah Beery Jr.
as Seally Fauss
Lucille Benson
as Mom Fauss
Ray Ballard
as Photographer
Linda Scott
as Moneth
Erin O'Reilly
as Sylvene McFall
Ben Archibek
as Rick Nifty
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Critic Reviews for Little Fauss and Big Halsy

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

There are some men whose tragedy arises not from what they suffer but what they fail to feel. Little Fauss and Big Halsy are such men -- and so are those who made the movie.

Full Review… | July 22, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

In this context it is difficult to understand character or admire characterization.

Full Review… | July 22, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Hampered by a thin screenplay, film is padded further by often-pretentious direction by Sidney J. Furie against expansive physical values.

Full Review… | July 22, 2013
Top Critic

Rotten to the core without a surface ripple in its moral superiority.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Little Fauss and Big Halsy is a mixed bag, with a helter skelter plot but nicely coordinated motorcycle action and some good background music by Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Bob Dylan.

Full Review… | July 22, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Little Fauss and Big Halsy


Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970) This film, set in the dirt racing world of California, has sort of dropped off the face of the planet. This poor orphaned movie is so hard to find anywhere, that if you get the opportunity to see it anywhere; don't pass it up; rent it, record it, and see it. Obviously Robert Redford isn't playing a nice guy, so this isn't his favorite movie character. It's an R rated movie, so you're not going to see it on regular broadcast TV. And, it belittles the female characters in the movie, so it may not have hit the high notes with viewers back then (or now). However, as a character study and as a view of that part of racing, I thought it did rather well. I also enjoyed the sound track care of Johnny Cash and Bob Dillon. Halsy Knox (Robert Redford) is an egotistical braggart who charms and then mistreats everyone he comes in contact with. Little Fauss (Michael J. Pollard) is the mousey gear-head who idolizes him. It's an odd couple. Halsy is a fast racer, that Little wants to learn more about (not to mention Halsy's luck with women), that is, until he get's tired of his abuse and learns to make it on his own.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

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