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Rock Hudson's best performance.
on 22 September 2015
Rock Hudson shows in this movie he can really act. He may have been a terrible actor to start with, it was his looks not talent that got him into the movies but by this point he had developed into a very capable performer. The director John Frankenheimer apparently believed the film to be deeply flawed at least in the second half but I would disagree it is brilliant all the way through. If you have never seen this film then believe me you are in for a treat. The film bombed on release as was considered too depressing for mainstream films of that era and Hudson played against type which alienated his usual audience. It's failure apparently put an end to Hudson's hopes of being considered a 'serious actor' as opposed to a movie star, he never again exposed himself in such raw fashion. It's reputation has grown with the passage of time and many of it's themes are perhaps more relevant in today's world than at the time it was made. I have the Criterion bluray and the picture quality is great. MoC are known for their high quality releases so this release should be equally good. Get it if you love cinema.