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The moral foundation of a small Texas town is torn apart in this explosive drama about power and greed, starring Academy Award(r) winners Marlon Brando (Best Actor in a Leading Role - The Godfather, 1972, and On the Waterfront, 1954), Robert Redford (Best Director - Ordinary People, 1980), Jane Fonda(Best Actress in a Leading Role - Coming Home, 1978, and Klute, 1971) and TV star Angie Dickinson.Sheriff Calder (Brando) isn't the only person chasing Bubber Reeves (Redford) when he escaped from prison. Oil and cattle baron Val Rogers (E.G. Marshall) wants Bubber out of the way to cover up thelove affair his son Jason is having with Bubber's wife (Fonda). THE CHASE is on. When bigotry andbooze propel the townsfolk into a vigilante mob, Calder's wife (Dickinson) tries to convince her husband that he doesn't have to bring Bubber in alive. But the sheriff is fighting for justice and hewon't be stopped until the shattering climax. No one escapes untouched in acclaimed director Arthur Pen
An almost absurdly star-studded cast brings to life Horton Foote's story of prejudice, violence, and frustrated love in The Chase. When Bubber Reeves (Robert Redford) escapes from prison, a drunken party in his hometown turns into a vigilante mob. The news disrupts the birthday celebration of a local oil tycoon (E.G. Marshall), whose son (James Fox) is having an affair with Reeves's wife Anna (Jane Fonda). Meanwhile, a bank vice-president (Robert Duvall) knows his wife (Janice Rule) is cheating on him but can't do anything about it except spread a little misery. The sheriff (Marlon Brando) struggles to hold things together until he can persuade Reeves to give himself up. The accents are thick and the emotions seem overwrought at first, but director Arthur Penn (Bonnie & Clyde , Little Big Man) weaves the multiple storylines together into an unsettling finale. Also featuring Angie Dickinson and Miriam Hopkins. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com
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Brando was, of course, an established star by this time -- but still with the modesty and professional curiousity to explore "interesting" parts. The Chase gives him full scope to do this through the character of the fundamentally good and upright town sheriff -- a role that enables him to investigate both the problems of policing a small Texas town full of seething emotions (only just below the surface) and the conflict that one man has to face within himself and as a consequence of his public duty.
The screenplay -- by the talented Lillian Helman from a book by the brilliant and prolific Horton Foote -- is tight, multi-layered and full of excellent thow-away one liners that rattle off the hides of the generally unpleasant minor characters without leaving any visible moral impression.
The combination of three leads together with the excellent support of Robert Duvall, Angie Dickinson and EG Marshall gives this little piece a cast that would be impossibly uneconomic to put together again within a few years (although Fonda and Redford reunited the following year for the frothy Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park).
Not great but an interesting period piece from when America was just about getting uncomfortable with some of the truths about itself -- which little films like this were doing their bit to reveal.
Redford plays a fugitive who has broken from prison and a lot of town's people are afraid for themselves,haunted by guilty conscience,as they have wronged him and fear revenge and this premise becomes a scathing viloent circus on the American obsession with the glorification of violence and anti-social behaviour.
Jane Fonda As Redford's wife and Brando as the town sheriff,desperately trying to save a gross injustice from taking place are trying to find him before he can be slaughtered as a sacrificial lamb by the town's people who need a cruel and barbaric ritual to entertain themselves .
This becomes an extremely powerful indictment on the failure of law to protect anyone as the social order descends into utter chaos ,at a savage level where ordinary people behave almost like gladiators in a Roman arena and this is extremely convincingly portrayed to give you goose bumps .
The disturbed consciences of a bourgeois drunken rabble are examined in a brutally affective manner by a master craftsman in s beautifully lit movie ,which moves from daylight through the mayhem of a chaotic night into the eerie light dawn of the next day .
This is one of the most powerful American dramas i have ever seen and it is a must for anyone who loves quality cinema .Read more ›
Based on a play by Horton Foote,The Chase offers Penn's vision of a modern capitalist society in which the norm is victimization and greed,and the superficial mores and codes governing "polite behaviour "are simply for show.There is a constant tension between surface and reality,and as the film progresses,the strict social distinctions and structures witnessed simultaneously in 3 parties(those of Val,the Stewarts and the teenagers) begin to corrode, until at the end anarchy reigns as order breaks down completely(appropriately in a central junkyard).A sense of violence seething under the skin of a community is palpable,Penn's close work with the actors subtly revealing their characters in evidence.
Redford lying tired and soaked on a river bank after his arduous escape excitedly miming the act of shooting geese,or the fidgeting,uncomfortable manner of Sheriff Calder(Marlon Brando)in his formal attire for the convention(after we have seen him rigorously and lengthily get himself ready).This is a moral film,engaging with the whole concept of morality and human experience,uneasy bedfellows.It succeeds in conveying the immediacy and primacy of violence and social conflict.Penn never looks down on his characters nor lectures.Read more ›
I agree with another review that the film is somewhat dated but, hey, it was a mid sixties movie and he we are in 2013. What will people be saying in 45-50 years time about current movies? Food for thought.
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I've been waiting for this film to come out on DVD for years. Shown in the correct film ratio. About time.Published 6 months ago by Peter Tinkler
I searched for this Marlon Brando film for years after once seeing it on TV, one of Brando's best - great quality DVD too - well pleased to afinally add it to my collectionPublished 8 months ago by M. B. Richardson
A great movie for it's year, and music scored by the great John Barry.Published 14 months ago by clint bond
This is one of those all star prestige films which for reasons nobody can ever fathom just does not work. Read morePublished 14 months ago by W. Russell
Tail of two halves - gets off to a good start with Bubba Reeves (Robert Redford) playing a wild young tearaway escaped from jail with the police in hot pursuit - becomes bogged... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jeff Peace