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PRIME CUT: sausages, genre cross-pollination and graphic novels,
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White-bread Mid Western farm boys are angering Chicago mobsters by muscling in on their business and sending their representatives back disguised as sausages.
Micheal Richie's Prime Cut is one of the oddest and finest crime films of 1970s,taking in everything from Gothic horror, romance, sleaze, shoot em' ups and satire. For once the mob is Irish rather than Italian and the good ole boys are from the heartlands rather than the South. Gene Hackman adopts one of his most sinister beep-eating-grins and delivers pure evil. Lee Marvin handles his machine gun like only a WWII vet could do and is way cooler than even Clint Eastwood was at his height. Sissy Spacek makes a great and surprisingly tough damsel in distress.
There are some stunning set pieces. The fire fight in a field full of sun flowers stands out, as does the sight of a cadillac being eaten up by a combine harvester and the grand guignol final confrontation in a barn full of pigs is one of the all time greats.
Prime Cut is also an oddly prescient action movie. The concentration on visuals, disinterest in social realism and genre cross-pollination are much more like the concerns of a graphic novel than was the norm in 1970s crime dramas. In other words, a great film that was ahead of its time.
The region 1 DVD is in widescreen and features optional subtitles, but no extras.
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2013 19:44:33 GMT
Absolutely superb film, I don't think Gene Hackman was ever better than he was in the classic '70s films like this, The French Connection 1&2, Night Moves, Scarecrow and The Conversation. I only watched Prime Cut for the first time a couple of weeks ago, i've been watching a lot of gritty '70s films including a really good one the other night called Framed starring Joe Don Baker, from the same team that made the first walking Tall, well worth watching.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2013 21:40:01 GMT
Nelson Viper says:
Gene Hackman is always great, even in Young Frankenstein and The Birdcage.
I'll have to check Framed out. Never even heard of it and I like Walking Tall.
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