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Bobby Deerfield (1977)

Al Pacino , Marthe Keller , Sydney Pollack  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, Anny Duperey, Walter McGinn, Romolo Valli
  • Directors: Sydney Pollack
  • Writers: Alvin Sargent, Erich Maria Remarque
  • Producers: Sydney Pollack, John Foreman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00127RAGC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bobby Deerfield" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 88 Minutes Behind-the-Scenes Sneak Peek

Editorial Reviews

A racing car champion falls in love with a freewheeling lady who is suffering from an incurable disease. Based on the novel "HEAVEN HAS NO FAVORITES" by Eric Maria Remarque.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgive the flaws, and you will be moved July 13, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of my favorite films. For the haunting score. For the restrained direction. And for Pacino's understated, yet ulitmately moving performance. Watch him change from cold, efficient Formula 1 champion to confused lover to enlightened human being who finally understands that finding love is worth the "risk". It is a film a many small, yet revealing moments. This Pacino before the "hoo-haw" phase. His eyes speak volumes. And Marthe Keller is his equal. Only she could bring out the Mae West in him. See it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Classic in Pacino's Portfolio April 6, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This has got to be one of Pacino's best -- and deserves to stand alongside his more well-known classics. But if you're looking for the slow burn-to-rage formula Pacino mastered in "Serpico" and "Dog Day Afternoon," look elsewhere. This is an altogether different film. Silence is used to great effect. The viewer is left to ponder dialogue and action rather than having the characters explain.
As the rigid Formula One driver who has never considered death -- until a crash and a dying girl are suddenly thrust upon him -- we watch Pacino undergo a convincing change. Little by little we see a simple adage, 'everything is sweeter when you take a risk,' take hold and help him reclaim the reality of his life.
Deerfield's story -- and the power of that little phrase -- should be a motto for us all! And the irony of this movie is that the story upon which it is based, by Erich Maria Remarque, is called Heaven Has No Favorites.
Pacino once said that he felt closer in spirit to this character than any other he'd played, and it's not difficult to see why. The onscreen romance between Deerfield and Lillian Moretti also became an true-life love affair between Pacino and actress Marthe Keller, who gives a remarkably sympathetic peformance.
It doesn't hurt that the setting for this film is summer in late '70s Europe, with terrific scenes in Switzerland, Paris, Florence, and the Tuscan countryside. (Someday, this viewer will treat himself to Leukerbad to Milan drive a la Bobby). And it also doesn't hurt that the soundtrack was composed by the master of '70s movie music, Dave Grusin.
Now if the powers that be will only re-release "Bobby Deerfield" on DVD, concurrently with the soundtrack on CD, we'll all find a bit more happiness in our lives.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Europe that used to be..... March 24, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Watch this film if you are one of us "40 somethings" that used to frequent Europe in the 1970's, as search of new love (a.k.a SEX!) and finding oneself.

I agree with one of the reviews posted here that says this film is "a mood piece". And that it is! More than any "deep story" about a race driver etc...or the life and death of a young, eccentric woman....its simply a beautiful film.

I was not surprised to learn today that Sydney Pollack directed this fine cinematic artwork. He is a very capable director, just watch "Out of Africa" if you want to see some exceptional film making!

I gave this film 3 stars for the calm, romantic, almost "haunting style" the film projects onto the viewer....and Pacino's 1976 Alfa Romeo GTV sports car, driving around those old streets of Italy rated 2 stars all by itself!

If you loved the Europe of the 1970's...before it became "Americanized" and full of McDonald's etc....this is a throwback film classic for you. If you never visited Europe in the '70's....I don't recommend this film to you. Its for those of us "who know what it used to be like"...and wish it were still that way.

Finally...why on God's earth is this film not released onto DVD format? When you see all the crap that is available out there on could this film be overlooked? Give me a break!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underappreciated gem February 17, 2004
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This is a great movie based on an original story by the German author Erich-Maria Remarque (of "all quiet on the western front" fame). The story sees Pacino as the main protagonist Deerfield transform from a controlled and efficient race driver to a confused and soft-hearted lover. He meets the love of his live while visiting a Swiss sanatorium. She is terminally ill with cancer. Despite the tragic topic the movie and the characters achieve an air of lightness and sublimity that is almost unreal. So is the wonderful and sensitive cinematography and direction of the great Sydney Pollack. Long before we would go ooh! and ahhh! over his "out of Africa" splendor he created this perfect and minimalistic mood piece, where the camera work is right on, be it on the race track or in quiet apartment scenes. Marthe Keller and Al Pacino are wonderful as well and the soundtrack will haunt your memory.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure in evolution of new relationship in Europe March 28, 1999
By A Customer
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How do people come to understand each other in a new relationship and overcome the obstacles that are largely their own creation? One of the two knows something and is trying to help the other go beyond his limitations so they can be together on the terms she is compelled to follow. Their struggle and the beautiful European countryside settings made this an engrossing and rewarding experience for me. I also enjoyed the feel of the "culture of Europe." Also, I don't believe I saw anyone shot. or a gun at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pacino at his best
Great, underrated movie - young, handsome, and emotional Pacino. Marthe Keller excellent as terminally ill free spirit. Good racing scenes too
Published 9 months ago by robertsrcn
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...
This is more a drama with a little (very little) racing in the background.
I'm into racing, so I was disappointed...
But it's actually pretty good as a tragic love story.
Published 12 months ago by UnHappy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I enjoyed this movie years ago and came across it again so I was happy to get it. You can't beat Pacino in any movie.
Published 17 months ago by cherylotr
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film !!
This is a lovely sad story with two great artists.
The first time I watched this film was in 1980 and I was looking for the DVD. Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by J. CALDERON
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovers learn from each other how to be present
My favorite theme. Serve it up in any disguise. The best of Pacino's rare smiles. A grown-up love story for grown-ups.
Published on August 5, 2010 by fetsiboomsticks
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Movie
I liked it. A young Al Pacino doing a very good job of acting. I really liked this movie very much!
Published on March 7, 2010 by Mark I. Yanagida
5.0 out of 5 stars great film during Pacino's younger career
I read that this was one of Pacino's personal favorites, so I decided to see for myself. It is NOT in any way a "typical" Pacino film, but he develops a character throughout the... Read more
Published on July 30, 2008 by Leslie M. Smith
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I have seen this movie several years ago on cable and have been in love with it ever since. I have been waiting for years for it to come out in DVD. Read more
Published on June 2, 2008 by Denise Simms
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Deerfield
One of my favorite Pacino movies ---beautiful music, scenery and a sweet story about a man who had his life changed when he learned to love a woman who was dying ---Marthe Keller... Read more
Published on April 8, 2008 by Barbara A. Clarke
1.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Deerfield Movie Review
Dave Grusin's sometimes jazzy and often emotional soundtrack may be the only saving grace for Al Pacino's obscure 1978 film Bobby Deerfield. Read more
Published on March 15, 2008 by thejoelmeister
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