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Great cinematography, pace and some terrific acting (I especially love the dialogue between the old couple in the car at the roadside)
And although it's about a dysfunctional family par excellence, there's not a teddy bear or little boy looking for his lost father in sight.
Spielberg proves he was always a masterful storyteller. The film is paced well and we are shown the human but tainted side of our heroes each step of their journey. The cinematography and scenes are beautifully done. The movie reminded very much of Terence Malicks Badlands.
The acting is great and you really care about what happens to them which is a job well done. Spielberg proves right here like Lucas with American Grafitti that they did indie really really well when they had to. Pity they moved on to bigger fish (literally in Spielbergs case)....9/10
This was Spielberg's first feature film, preceding Jaws by a year, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind by three. Previously he had directed a couple of TV films (Duel being the most famous), and a few episodes from shows like Night Gallery and even an episode of Columbo.
Despite playing unlikeable leads in a downbeat film, both Goldie Hawn and William Atherton give great performances. If you enjoy Bonnie & Clyde - 40th Anniversary Edition [DVD], Badlands [DVD], Dirty Mary Crazy Larry & Race With the Devil [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], or just road movies in general then I am sure you will find something to like in this wonderful film.
Ratio - 2:35 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound - 2.0 Mono
Subtitles - English (despite the back cover stating 'None')
The movie shows much of Spielbergs potential and is excellently shot. The acting is good and while there is certainly some sentimentality, it is very well done (so it's not of the soppy variety). What rather surprised me, given the topic, was the frequent and excellent sense of humour brought to the film. There are a myriad of scenes, which get lightened for the viewer by a judicious societal criticism or interesting potshot. On top of that, one encounters a very different police force from what one is used to in movies (even from the 70s), one that is much more bent on serving society than on shooting everything that moves.
Overall it is an excellent film and well worth watching. It will not have the wild chase scenes or societal comentary of something like Vanishing Point  [DVD] but it is a well executed (semi-) debut, with some inspired acting, and a good many hillarious scenes along the way. I expect it is one you will watch more than once, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As another reviewer so delicatelly said "Texas police is shown as bumbling idiots" I could not agree more.A hugely missed opportunity. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nice_Lieutenant
Brand new sealed DVD , fast service and good action movie but not for younger onesPublished 6 months ago by markus
Excellent DVD... Great true story film.. RecommendPublished 9 months ago by CPL John Bunnyman McPhee
A good directorial Hollywood debut for Spielberg who does a moving road movie but this was just the start before he would real talent in his film which would be big and that film... Read morePublished 14 months ago by josh91
Clearly there are many deft directorial touches. I was enjoying film immensely at the start, especially since it was based on a true story.
But by the end, I was disgusted. Read more