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Still, I gave this 4 stars because most of the film is still intact, and it's still a hoot! (Pun intended)
i.e. One of the things Bill Cosby's character, "Mother," loves to do is turn on the siren when he sees nuns cross the street and make them scatter. "Buzzing the nuns." Let's just say I've seen worse behaviors.
This uneven but underappreciated little B-movie drew obvious influence from the blood-and-pranks mixture of Robert Altman's "MASH," but you can also see its darkly comic influence on contemporary fare such as "Six Feet Under" and "Bringing out the Dead," and it poked fun at zip-ups gone wrong 20 years before "There's Something About Mary."
Bill Cosby and Harvey Keitel play Southern California ambulance drivers forced to contend with all manner of accidents and injuries, both amusing and tragic. The all-over-the-map cast also includes Raquel Welch, Allen Garfield, Dick Butkus, Bruce Davison, L.Q. Jones, Larry Hagman (as a creepy lech whose antics haven't aged well) and even Allan Warnick, the kid from the records room in "Chinatown."
With its gritty, widescreen look and those awesome blue lens flares so common to the period, "Mother" is a fine, funky 70's curio. Welch and Keitel (who had just been replaced by Martin Sheen in "Apocalypse Now") are stiff but the rest of the pre-Carter administration cast seems to be having fun, particularly Cosby, as the glib, laconic Mother. It's a bit strange to see the sitcom star playing an anti-hero, but his cool, sneaky performance breezily anchors the movie.
The story of two privately owned ambulance companies compete for the city contract in LA. our heroes work for F & B run by Harry Fishbine (Allen Garfield). Also as F & B staff is Larry Hagman & Bruce Davidson.
This 1976 comedy is cute in spots, but does show its age. Cosby and Keitel seems seasoned for their roles. Whereas Welch seem out of place with this comedy
The film seems grainy and washed out. The story is good, which saves this DVD release
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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Got this for class extra credit but loved watching it time and time againPublished 7 days ago by bonnie sines
Always like the movie but only had it on laser disc. So finally bought dvd.Published 13 days ago by S. Honma
I saw this as a young kid and loved it so much I bought 2 copies to hand out as Christmas gifts. This movie is still hilarious. It's really worth a watch. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anthony J Sullivan
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