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The quasi-noir is Macao (1952), a compulsively enjoyable piece of nonsense produced by the ever-meddling Howard Hughes. It's credited to director Josef von Sternberg, but it was largely reshot by Nicholas Ray (according to a Mitchum-Russell interview included on the disc, Mitchum wrote some of the new scenes). Doesn't matter; the combo of Mitchum and Jane Russell (re-teamed from the even kookier His Kind of Woman) is enough to carry this slice of backlot exotica. Both actors look skeptical about the material and amused by each other, and Russell gets to sing "One for My Baby."
Home from the Hill (1959) is an underappreciated change of pace for both Mitchum and director Vincente Minnelli. Mitchum, all authority as the super-manly patriarch of an East Texas family, supplies the brawn; Minnelli brings the same sensitivity to the emotional effects of color and movement that he brought to his musicals. Biggest surprise here is that two young-cub Georges, Peppard and Hamilton, are both very good in the male-ingénue roles. Another long film, Fred Zinnemann's The Sundowners (1960), is a gentle and wise account of a nomadic family of sheep-herders in Australia. Mitchum and Deborah Kerr bring a beautiful sense of mature romance to their relationship, and Zinnemann catches the beauty of the country. Plus, you learn how to shear a sheep.
The clinker in the set is Burt Kennedy's The Good Guys and the Bad Guys, a 1969 Western that can't decide whether it's sending up High Noon or playing it straight. Mitchum's the aging Marshall eased out of his job, George Kennedy is the equally aging varmint whose gang (led by whippersnapper David Carradine) plans a train robbery. One can imagine John Wayne as the Marshall and Mitchum as the rogue, but the movie would still fall flat. Finally, The Yakuza (1975) finds Mitchum in his weathered seventies form, and easily the best thing about Sydney Pollack's stately film. The Paul Schrader-Robert Towne script heads to Japan for some cultural lessons and much finger-severing. All in all, the set shows the range of a perpetually underestimated actor who never stopped being cool. --Robert Horton
Yes, it's 70's campy. And yes, the clothes are horrendous! But it has THE BEST sword fight ever filmed - without question! Read morePublished 7 days ago by LeeJackson
Classic story, bushido code, east meets west.
Excellent sword play and terrific soundtrack .
Good, old flick. Technically very correct on Japanese gangs and Japan. Great story line.Published 27 days ago by Edgar
Modern, almost forgotten crime noir that captures the early flavors of East and West. Subtle, with great acting, and complex script from Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver ) and Robert... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Camera newbie
Excellent collection of Robert Mitchum movies shows the breadth and depth of Mitchum's talent. Every film in this collection is remastered and vividly presented. Simply terrific!Published 3 months ago by Kujifanya Jina
Was three ever a bad Mitchum movie? This was one of his later movies and its well worth the time and money. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gary Gilfoy