Bite the Bullet [Blu-ray]
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It's a western that's much more than that. While it's premise is about a horse race- it's really about life's race; about games that seem bought and paid for, age vs youth, friendships and whether we let things come between them, and about why people run the race and how one man's reaction to it can influence others to change the dynamic(in a good way).
Hackman and Coburn make a good combination in this as former Rough Riders. Jan Michael Vincent had a role where he really had to shine and I think he gave the performance of his career, here. Ben Johnson breaks your heart in what is one of the most real roles he has ever offered (and probably a real testament to how the real cowboy lived). Candice Bergman is terrific, too.
This story handles a full range of issues (racial, sexual and animal rights) in a fair and real sense. Some have remarked about some of the cruelty depicted here, and the point Richard Brooks was making (I think) is, there are some real swine in this world. They view anything- be it animal or their fellow human beings, merely as a means to an end. They're either too stupid or too insensitive to know how dark they are. It's also an example of how we set examples for one another. If you allow stupid to do as stupid does- stupid will!
I won't spoil the ending- let's just say that it makes a point about what's really important, in a very effective, emotion filled way. I think you leave this film not only satisfied- but feeling uplifted.
My personal favorite of Richard Brooks and time extrememly well spent.
Update: Since writing the above, I purchased BTB on Blu-ray and it looks spectacular.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
quick action from the get go the main two characters are obviously great friends and will back each other. the plot line is different and kept my attention. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Vince Barbera
The greatest narrow gauge train movie, ever. Gotta love the Cumbres and Toltec Senic Railroad. Gene Hackman and James Colburn aren't bad either. Just love this movie.Published 2 months ago by Lowell G Didas
This is a good movie about a horse race. There are a couple of sad parts. Jan Michael Vincent plays a sh_t in the movie but he straightens out toward the end. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sue Putz
Great film. Mediocre DVD—pan & scan, which is disastrous for a film as beautifully framed and photographed (in 2.35:1 widescreen!) as this one is.Published 7 months ago by C. Smith