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Did you see the Moose?...
on 14 March 2014
A man is discovered breaking into his own jewellery shop in the dead of night.
Questioned closely, it's learned that his wife is being held hostage by an extortionist who demands the diamonds in the shop's safe.
The extortionist manages to escape FBI agent Warren Stantin, who subsequently chases him into the forests of Northern America.
Stantin recruits the help of a reluctant local Jonathon Knox, who has the skills necessary to track down the criminal.
The only problem is that Stantin has no experience in the wilderness...
From the amazing opening ten minutes, this film is a real oddity, a bona-fide classic movie that has long been forgotten, and is shown on BBC 1 every year at a silly hour.
It's so strange that this film was/has/is overlooked, because it has so many qualities to it.
One moment it's a tense, almost mystical psycho thriller, and then we are thrown into the middle of a party, with the director throwing in as many bad guys as possible from pass movies, to try and fool the audience.
And then after moments of sheer intense, we are treated to some very funny moments of comedy, The Moose scene, the scene with the ear, and Poitiers getting used to the elements.
All very funny, and all specific to the movie.
The two leads put in great performances and never let up the hokey chemistry they have, and while the film does lose a little edge in the final third, it has a great two acts to more than make up for it.
An excellent movie, and one I hope Hollywood doesn't re-boot.