Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 29, 1974, Page 6

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette June 29, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette; Sat., June 29, 1971 In Spite of Its Fine Director and Stellar Cast, ‘Zandy’ Goes Nowhere Zandy s Bride", a Harvey Matofsky production released by Warner Brothers, with Gene Hackman and Liv Ullmann At the Eastown 2 theater. Hollywood rating PG — Parental guidance suggested By Mike Bf uproo If you don’t believe any movie boasting a fine director and stellar cast could end up amounting to nothing, be sure not to miss '‘Zandy’s Bride " It’s difficult to imagine any other reason to see it, though. Zandy Allen, a tough, insensitive pioneer rancher in the Big Sur mountains of Northern California, decides he needs an heir. Therefore, sometime in the IS70s he answers a newspaper ad for a mail-order bride and eventually marries Minnesotan Hannah Lund, who wants a home and security in the west No Frills He rapes her on their wedding night (“got the right!’’) and later, with similar subtlety, tels her he won’t stand for such frills and luxuries as a clothesline or a vegetable garden. Hannah's pretty tough, herself She makes Zandy take off his hat when he eats. And so, for nearly two hours, Zandy and his bride learn to adjust to their new life, he bewildered by her attempts to make a friend of him, she determined not to be dominated In an incredibly tnt ending, he gives her a stove and some material for a dress (she already has the clothesline and garden) and she gives him twins Not Totally Bad “Zandy’s Bride” isn’t a to tally bad movie, Liv Ullmann, as always, is excellent as Hannah and Gene Hackman, as Zandy, is competent in a role quite different from those that have made him a top box office attraction It’s essentially a two-person film, but the minor supporting roles are handled well, particularly by Eileen Heckard, Frank ( adv and Susan Tyrrell Director Jan Troell (“The Emigrants”, “The New Land") just seems a little lost, and he gets very little help from Marc Norman's unimaginative screenplay There’s Spark in ‘Marne’ Yet ‘Sugarland’ Comedy Teeters on Tragedy Marne with Lucille Ball, Beatrice Arthur, Bruce Davison, Joyce Van Patten, Kirby Furlong and Robert Preston. A Warner Communications Co.-American Br oadcasting Companies presentation released by Warner Bros. At the Stage 4 theater. Hollywood rating: G — general audiences. By Beverley Duffy There’s some life in the old girl yet But surely this will finish her off. The “Auntie Maine” story by Patrick Dennis about life with his eccentric aunt must be one of the most performed works in Nostalgic Our Time’ Lacking in Real Feelings “Sugarland Express with Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks and William Atherton. A Richard D Zanuck and David Brown production released by Universal Pictures. At the World theater. Hollywood rating• PG — parental guidance suggested By Doc Halliday The advertising for “The Sugarland Express” promises the sort of “zany” comedy for which Goldie Bawn is known Ifs a promise that is only partially fulfilled. The film is based on an actual 1969 incident and begins as Lou Jean Poplin (Miss Bawn) is visiting her husband. Clovis (William Atherton), in a Texas minimum security prison She has just gotten out of stir herself to find that the welfare people have taken her child. Baby Langston, and put him in a foster home in Sugarland. Texas. Take Hostage Lou Jean convinces Clovis to break out and go after Baby Langston They steal a car only to find a highway patrolman (MichaePSacks) on their trail They take him hostage, however, and proceed in his patrol car to Sugarland To every gas station, car wash and hamburger stand in the state the call goes out and every nickel cop in Texas responds—Houston and Dallas police, reserve polite in camouflaged hunting jackets and even a couple of good old boys from the Louisiana bayou The only one, seemingly, with any sense is the man in charge. ( apt Tanner (Ben Johnson) Meanwhile, Clovis and Lou Jean are making friends with Officer Slide, their captive. They eat fried chicken together, look at one another's snapshots and debate which TV station should get their exclusive interviews. All three seem to be having a fine time Thundering Herd But (’apt Tanner is not It is all he can do to keep the policemen in his great, thundering herd from running one another off the highway. This is the “promised” boisterous comedy, masterfully executed and exploited But it is comedy w hich teeters on the edge of tragedy. Director Steven Spielberg never lets us forget that the guns are real and that the police are itching to use them. Excellent Cast The cast is uniformly excellent Miss Bawn has made her name with the dumb-blond character she portrayed on “Laugh-In”. Leu Jean is no great shakes as an intellect but she possesses a sort of animal cunning which makes her a born survivor. At any rate, Miss Bawn is much more than a one-character actress. Atherton and Sacks support her admirably as does Johnson. who is outstanding as the quietly competent (apt. Tanner. All in all, “The Sugarland Express” is a superb movie which entertains with its comedy and makes a telling point with the casualness with which both the Poplins and the police use violence. Our Time with Pamela Sue Martin, Betsy Slade, Parker Stevenson and George O Hanlon, jr. A Warner Bros, release at the Stage 3 theater. Hollywood rating PG — Parental guidance suggested Bv Tom Fruehling It s ironic, but coincidental and probably of no interest at all to Eastern Iowans, that on the night of my high school class reunion instead of telling lies to my former classmates I was viewing this supposed account of school daze in 1955. The movie is so melodramatic, what one could once have pejoratively called a “woman’s movie” and gotten away with it, that to criticize it is to run the risk of being termed cynical and insensitive. But these same charges could be leveled against the young people responsible for the film, including the screenwriter (26), the director (30) and the producer (31). Attempt Kails What they set out to do was present a nostalgic ’tory — complete with blurry and faded looking photography — about Theater Times for Saturday PARAMOUNT - “Hercules Inchained" —’2:15, 6 05: 1ft; “Hercules” — 4 05. 8. IOWA -Finn” — 1:30, 9:50. “Huckleberry 3:35, 5 40. 7:45, WORLD — ‘‘Sugarland Express” - I 30. 3:40, 5 3ft. 7 40 , 9:55; shorts - 3 2ft. 7:20. 9:35. TIMES — “Papillon" — I 3ft. 4. 6 35, 9:15. PLAZA — “The Incredible Journey” — 2, 5:05, 8 05; “Old Veiler” — 3:30 . 6:30, 9:30. STAGE I — "The Sting” — 2:35. 5. 7 35. IO. STAGE 2 — “Chinatown” — 2:30. 4:55. 7:30. 9:55. STAGE 3 — “Our Time" — 2 4ft. 4:25. 5:50, 7:45, 9:30. STAGE 4 — “Marne” — 2:3ft, 4:55, 7:30, 9:55 EASTOWN I - “The Exorcist” - 2:15, 4:30, 7:15. 9:3ft EASTOWN 2 - “Zandy’s Bride” - 2:50. 4:55, 7. 9:05 MARION - Features at ll, I, 3, 5. 7. 9. ll COLLINS - “Dirty O’Neil” — 9 15; “The Dirtiest Girl I Ever Met” - ll; “They Call Her One Eye” — 12 50. TWIXT TOWN - “American Graffiti’’ — 9:15; “Charley Carrick” — ll 15; “Diary of a Mad Man” - 1:15. TWIN WEST - “Dirty Mary Crazy Larry” — 9 25; “The Culpepper Cattle Co.” — 11:15; “Four Flies on Grey Velvet” — 12:55. TWIN EAST - “Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat” — 9; “Carry On Camping” — 10:50; "Carry On Doctors” — 12:25. IOWA 364*34 I 3 WORLD 363-8331 PLAZA 393-4439 paramount 361*3369 TIMES 364*8613 hurry ends tuev “HUCKLEBERRY FIRM Color —G— BEN JOHNSON GOLDIE HAWN “SUGARLAND EXPRESS’Vo WALT DISNEY’S “OLD YELLER" A “tttCREDlBLE JOURNEY MATINEES DAIL i “HERCULES* STEVE    a REIVES ,N “HERCULES UNCHAINED^ DUSTIN HOFFMAN STEVE MCQUEEN « “PAPILLON OPEN ROBERT REDFORD PAUL NEWMAN “THE STING” —PO— ,N 1955 THEW WERE A FEW THINGS A GIMS SCHOO! NDN T TEACH “OUR TIME” —PO— PUNTY of raft parking JACK NICHOLSON FAYE DUNAWAY “CHINATOWN” COLOR —R cj-jf WILL CHASE THE blues away lucille ball “MAME” —PO— growing up. Like so many others they attempted but failed to create something akin to "Catcher in the Rye,” which J. I). Salinger sensibly refuses to be put on film The story is this: Two girls’ school room mates, one pretty and one plain, spend their time getting demerits for being mis chievous and talking about "doing it.” Both finally do do it. For the better looking of the pair and her dreamboat of a boyfriend, it is wonderful. Family Way The plain Jane and her true but homely beau can't figure out “what all the fuss is about.” In addition, she gets in the family way. So she has an abortion and dies, just before high school graduation. The people responsible for this movie play the tragic and pathetic aspects for all they’re worth .Just to be sure, Michel Legrand’s weepy music is a constant reminder of when it’s crying time again. And all the cheap and hack neyed laughs possible are employed, so that audiences don’t get too depressed. The trouble is there is no feeling shown. Like the acting — which ranges from none at all to too much — everything is superficial. Drama Last For instance, when the pregnant girl goes to a doctor, a possibly dramatic scene, the physician's analysis is that she has “very bad luck ” This is said with a straight face. As the young girl is dying, she tells her friend, “it’s not supposed to bt* like this.” She’s right, it isn’t. The producer of “Our Time is the same one who gave us all “The Summer of ’42”. And the director, according to a press release, is dedicated to making films which “reach people’s emotions, not their minds. American literature ll cropped up in 1956 as a Broadway comedy and traveled to th** screen iii 1958 ll was back to Broadway in 1966 with a new musical version, “Maine”, which also has now progressed to film. This is a colorful, lavish production which try as it might, can’t seem to overcome the fact that its plot no longer holds any surprises for most audiences. “Marne" at times suffers from awkward, sluggish direction, but its major difficulties lie in the inadequacies of its star Depends on Maine The picture revolves so totally around the Maine character that its success is dependent on her Unfortunately, rn a part which would seem made to order, Lucille Ball is generally disappointing. Her performance lacks the commanding flair which Rosalind Russell gave the role in the nonmusical — hut nonetheless rip-roaring — earlier version. Indeed, by comparison Miss Ball’s portrayal seems inhibited. Imagine “Lucy” inhibited Musical demands are heavy, and it is here that she falls particularly short. Although former chorus girl Ball gets through the -elementary choreography well enough, vocally she is weak Dramatic moments are marred by the irritating use of soft focus which these older actresses seem to need in the closeup. Slapstick Talent But there are scenes in which she shines. A Georgia fox hunt which Marne gallops side-saddle gives Miss Ball a chance to put her slapstick talents into use. She also generates humor via sarcasm in a scene with the uppity parents of her nephew’s fiancee. A terrific supporting cast conies through in fine style. Beatrice Arthur is hilarious as Marne’s aet/ess-friend, Vera. One can hardly help wishing she had been cast in the lead, where her bawdy brand of comedy would have been such an asset. Polished Preston Robert Preston gives his usual polished performance in the role of Beauregard Burnside, Maine’s Southern gentleman husband. Cherubic Kirby Furlong is particularly appealing as young Patrick. Jane Connell tends to overdo as Agnes Cooch, hut she’s funny anyway. The film runs a hefty 132 minutes. Despite flaws, the length isn’t oppressive. This is still happy entertainment. Songs, by now familiar, are moving. Other pluses are the spectacular costuming and set decoration. he Honour of Your Presence is Requested at the Marriage, Wedding Nijjht and Subsequent Events in the Life of Miss Rainbow Robbins, all of which will he fully and intimately revealed in PLUS “SORCERESS” RATED AND OTHER xxx 4-LETTER WORDS Introducing RMI1B0UJ R0BBIBS ORIN Si I 3 * 630CF9IXTH IT. ».W. A TELEPHONE 363 6300 A TWIN EAST = 6300 6TH STRUT S.W. SHOW 9:00 NOW thru TUES. 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  • Agnes Cooch
  • Anderson Jean Manson Katie Saylor
  • Beatrice Arthur
  • Ben Johnson
  • Betsy Slade
  • Beverley Duffy
  • Bruce Davison
  • Crazy Larry
  • David Brown
  • Doc Halliday
  • Eileen Heckard
  • Gene Hackman
  • George O Hanlon
  • Harvey Matofsky
  • Jack Nicholson Faye Dunaway
  • Jan Troell
  • Jane Connell
  • Joyce Van Patten
  • Kirby Furlong
  • Liv Ullmann
  • Lou Jean
  • Lou Jean Poplin
  • Lucille Ball
  • Michael Sacks
  • Michel Legrand
  • Mike Bf
  • Minnesotan Hannah Lund
  • Mo Servis
  • Pamela Sue Martin
  • Patrick Dennis
  • Preston Robert Preston
  • Redford Paul Newman
  • Richard D Zanuck
  • Robert Preston
  • Rosalind Russell
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Susan Tyrrell
  • Tom Fruehling
  • William Atherton
  • Zandy Allen

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: June 29, 1974

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