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So Near ... Yet So Far,
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This review is from: Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
To begin with, if you've never seen REMO: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS - see it! This is an EXTREMELY classy production. It has real depth to it, and characters you will genuinely care about. But don't misunderstand me. This isn't a touchy-feely movie, it's a great action-adventure, with some great laughs thrown in. Personally, I give the film a good 9 out of 10. I never tire of watching it. The cast is marvellous. But it strikes me that the good people behind the camera never REALLY knew the best way to market the film, and as a result, it performed badly at the box office and thus the series of movies we were promised never came to pass. Incidentally, other reviews praise Guy Hamilton for his performance in the film, but Hamilton actually DIRECTED it. They probably meant to praise the always-entertaining Wilford Brimley, who plays Smith. Fred Ward is good as Remo, but the show is stolen by Joel Gray, who is quite amazing as the ancient Korean, Chiun. See the film, then read the book by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir - and see in your mind the movie this SHOULD have been.