Woody Allen - Biography, Trade Marks, Trivia, Quotes
The film follows his lives, his loves, his stays in prison, and his poor spelling of the word 'Gun'.
The film has been described as Allen's 'Cool hand Luke' but the Jewish psychotic juxtaposed against Newman's cool White Anglo Saxon provides much of the film's comedy.
One of Allen's great assets was his ability to write classic one liners and this movie does not disappoint. Memorable lines such as, "The prisoners were fed one hot meal per day: a bowl of steam" run throughout the whole film. Another classic moment is when he says of his future wife on first meeting her, "after half an hour, I completely gave up the idea of snatching her purse."
If you want to see one of the wittiest films ever made by one of the wittiest filmmakers of our time, buy this film.
If, for any reason, you can't afford it, write a note to the video store counter staff warning them that you have a 'Gub' and that you aren't afraid to use it!!!
This is a terrible shame as I so much want to have this film on DVD. Not being an MGM release, the format is slightly different, and there are a few more extras like a trivia section/info about the movie and Woody Allen, which is alot more than you get on the MGM discs.
The film itself is brilliant. In the style of a documentary, it is basically a comic remake of 'Cool Hand Luke', and follows the social outcast Virgil Starkwell on his ill-fated journey from petty thief to big-time bank robber, only to get 10 years after a failed heist because he misspelled the note ('Act natural, I'm pointing a gub at you? What's a gub?') When Virgil's wife comes to visit him in jail, she says 'I can't believe it, you robbed a bank?' to which he replies 'No, I 'tried' to rob a bank... if I had robbed the bank everything would have been great...' Littered with funnies from beginning to end, this is one of his best comedies, but sadly, I'm having to make do with my VHS copy until Fremantle get their act together and sort out the synching problem, which ruins the enjoyment of the DVD unfortunately.
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