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The Missouri Breaks. [Apr. 21st, 2005|09:43 am]
Tony Grist
I lay awake much of the night trying to figure why The Missouri Breaks is such a dull movie. I think I've finally worked it out. But you probably haven't seen it and I'm not recommending that you do. Let me just note that it's not Marlon Brando's fault. His famously eccentric performance is no more self-indulgent than Lee Marvin's Oscar winning turn in Cat Ballou. No, I blame the director (Arthur Penn). He took a rompish script and tried to turn it into an Elegy for the Old West. Brando is, in fact, the only one of the actors who's in step.

Jack Nicholson is a sleaze. I don't like him. Does anybody?
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2005-04-21 02:05 am (UTC)
My husband likes Nicholson, but there's something about his eyes that makes my skin crawl every single time, no matter the role. He WAS good in "Prizzi's Honor", but only because his character there is supposed to make your skin crawl a bit as well, I think.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-04-21 02:38 am (UTC)
I HAVE seen Missouri Breaks. I didn't care for it either, although to be hnest it was a very long time ago.

As for Jack Nicholson. I don't really like him. But he was fabulous in "One FLew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" as if that part was written for him.

And I liked him very much in "As Good as It Gets", in spite of myself.

He has eyes that make you think that if he didn't keep a tight rein on himself, he might go postal. VERY quickly.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-04-21 04:30 am (UTC)
I find Cuckoo's Nest misogynistic. And again, that character was very creepy.

I liked him in Easy Rider- a supporting role. I think he's a character actor rather than a leading man.


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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-04-21 06:00 am (UTC)
I find Cuckoo's Nest misogynistic. And again, that character was very creepy.

He's supposed to be creepy. He is ALMOST insane. Or maybe already insane...

misogynistic, yes. Very. I saw the play done live once (before the movie was even thought of...) and the actor who played the same character chose to show his insanity much differently.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-04-21 09:19 am (UTC)
Maybe I'm reading the film wrong. I thought McWhatsit (the Nicholson character) was meant to represent the spirit of liberty- not creepy at all.

How did the other guy play it?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-04-21 04:16 am (UTC)
In Missouri Breaks he's supposed to be a charming rogue, but I find him creepy.

I just can't buy him as a western hero- no way.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2005-04-21 04:38 am (UTC)
I can't buy him as ANY kind of hero, especially one that gets the female at the end.
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