Lots of cops taking credit for (what?). Some victims' relatives being happy. No real sense of who this guy is, what he did, why an Irish gang prospered instead of the Mafia. What was unique about Boston, in that case? Some people making comments about Connolly. A trivial program, sloppily produced.
The best Vietnam War movie, shot on a budget, with Burt Lancaster in one of his greatest roles. No sentimentalism here, just hardnosed, grim reality about the beginnings of our terrible adventure in Vietnam. A cult film, it has been re-released over the years, but is not yet easily available streaming, which is a shame.
Beautifully shot in foreign locales and a bit in Hollywood. But Bogart is obviously very ill (he would die of cancer within a few years). Gardner looks like she is confused about why she is has to be there without her shoes in all those scenes. Snatches of great lines by Mankiewicz, who also directed this confused epic, which could have been a contender. It seems that every major character gets a windy set soliloquy to declaim. Swell Great Gatsby-like party scenes. Plot question: Why does the husband-to-be not tell Ava of his secret, which is (spoiler alert!) that his John Henry has been rendered inoperablel in the war -- a la Hemingway's Jake Barnes -- BEFORE the poor girl marries him and then, a la Lady Chatterley's Lover, has to boff the gardener? Edmund O'Brien is just wonderful as the sweaty, cynical PR hack. Overall, a glorious mess.