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The plot is a bit silly and contrived; Bridges plays a down on his luck good ole boy, who tries unsuccesfully at first to ploy his charm into talking the owner of a small and musty gym into relinquishing his lease so Bridges' shady real estate partners can go ahead with a big down-town development. The problem is that Bridges begins to empathize with and befriend this motley crew of off-beat character, including the ever-smiling and instantly likeable Arnold, who shows himself to be quite adept at handling a fiddle. And incidentally, that really is him playing as the film cranks away.
The film never saw wide distribution, but is quite interesting because of who was in it as well as for some of the connections hovering just below the surface. The screen writer was also the author of the original novel, a guy named Charles Gaines, who had gone on to later co-author the smash best selling book, "Pumping Iron", whose primary focus of interest was, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is a good movie for a rainy afternoon, sweet and sentimental in all the right places, if somewhat insubstantial. Think of it as "Going My Way" on steroids! I think you'll be surprised how much you like it, in spite of some hokey moments. Enjoy!
The main story is a rocky romance between Beau Bridges and Sally Field. His parents have died in a plane crash and Beau is living in their Southern mansion, a totally unmotivated guy who seems to live for fun: hunting, sports, etc. Scatman Crothers has been caretaker at the family estate for 52 years, but seeing the way Beau and Sally are carrying on has made him decide to retire.
The biggest surprise here is Robert Englund (aka "Freddie Krueger" in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), a Britisher who has that Alabama accent down cold. He works at a gym where Arnold is training. This place is the only piece of property that a syndicate headed by thuggish Joe Spinell (remember him as Balboa's boss in ROCKY?) has been unable to buy. He's brought Beau in to help with acquiring this plot of land, but gym owner R.G. Armstrong refuses to sell. This impasse leads to the story's most dramatic moments.
Also in the cast: Woodrow Parfrey (mustachioed character actor who resembles Rip Taylor that you'd know if you saw him), Joanna Cassidy, Fannie Flagg and Ed Begley Jr. It's a small film but worth seeing, especially for anyone who'd enjoy a few peeks at Sally Field in her prime and unclothed.Read more ›
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Hard to find classic. Arnold, Bridges, and Sally Field perform well.Published 25 days ago by Sportsman
There was more of a story here than I expected, even a moral. The men turned in decent performances even though I got it for Sally Fields and was not disappointed.Published 9 months ago by Bob Quinn
Amazon makes these. I ordered one, it was bad, they replaced it. Ii was bad too, If you want this DVD find another source. Looks like their original is bad.Published 11 months ago by J. Walker
Love Arnold and joe Speniel and a pre Freddie Kruger Robert England! and a. naked Sally Field. Jeff Bridges Rocks!Published 18 months ago by TIMOTHY G. JEDRZEJCZYK
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