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I feel this one is far-superior compared to the remake. I watch this one whenever it is back on the cable rotation. Serpentine!!!
A new spin on the road to alcoholic recovery as a contract hitman is sent to San Francisco from Buffalo, New York, by his family to clean up his act. Ben Kingsley was terrific as Frank who tries to stop drinking so that he can get back to the work that he loves - killing. He finds something else he loves along the way, a younger woman played by Tea Leoni. Meanwhile, Frank's family is losing their stake in Buffalo due to a squeeze out by a rival gang. A great cast here with a scxript that has some unique angles on a gangster film, a recovery film and a romance film. I thought all these elements worked well. Good supporting performance by Philip Baker Hall but Luke Wilson and Bill Pullman support in roles that could have been acted by anyone. However, Kingsley and Leoni worked well together. I enjoyed this different kind of story.
A fairly forgettable film brought to us by the guys behind Napoleon Dynamite. The plot is too simplistic but the characters have their charms. However, if it wasn't for Justin Long, I would have never sat through the whole movie. The one star is for Mr. Long.
Probably my most favorite Paul Newman film. Newman as Roy Bean takes over a town after being hung by a gang of desperados. His life is saved by a local Mexican girl (gorgeously portrayed by Victoria Principal in her film debut). The comedic angle on a Western bio made this so enjoyable. Cameos abound as people either pass through town or are judged and hung. Familiar faces such as Anthony Perkins, Ned Beatty, Stacy Keach and director John Huston all shine as good guys and bad guys alike. It is hilarious to hear the criminals explain their lives through narration before their demise. More fiction than fact but it's amazing to see how the town gets built around Bean's saloon/courthouse known as "The Jersey Lilly". This is a charming take on a legendary cowboy who named himself Judge and named "his" town Langtry, Texas, after his love for actress Miss Lillie Langtry (played by Ava Gardner). However, this film tries to do too much which may be why it gets such mixed reviews from viewers. It was not a straight comedy or bio-pic. It is not historically accurate. It doesn't serve to make Judge Roy Bean a hero or a hipocrite. It's not a straight love story or a straight Western. If you are a Western purist, this is not the film for you. I found this to be an enjoyable look at a unique human (Bean) played by a unique human (Newman) in his acting prime directed by a unique human (Huston) and written by a unique human (John Milius).