"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
Kid", from Tuna
Not as popular as the
sequel, Butch Cassidy and the Pom Pom Girls, but
If you haven't seen this
movie, you should. It was sort of the original
male bonding picture. Unlike many from its era,
both its pacing and humor still work.
Compliations of the great screen moments often
include the famous "I can't swim"
dialogue, and the bicycle scene acted out to
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"
As for Katharine Ross,
she was kind of a mysterious disappearance. Oh,
she never really disappeared, but she might as
well have. She was a superstar/icon in the late
60's with Sundance and The Graduate only a couple
of years apart, and she appeared in one of my
favorite dumb-ass movie comedies, "Get to
Know Your Rabbit", an early Brian DePalma
movie with John Astin, Tommy Smothers and Orson
Welles. There's a cast for you. Orson Welles runs
a magic school, and teaches Tommy Smothers how to
be a tap-dancing magician. Rent this movie if you
get a chance. It is primitive by DePalma's later
standards, but well worth it for curiosity value
alone. Anyway, within a very few years, Ross was
making movies like The Swarm. I've never figured
it out. She had it all, top o' the world, and I
can't think of any reason why she fell off
without more great successes.
On the other hand,
starring in two legendary films is a career in
and of itself, so I guess she doesn't have any
reason for regrets.
Tuna's comments: Butch
Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is at least as good
as I remembered. IMDB Top 250 (#111), won Oscars
for Best Cinematography, Best Score, Best Song,
and Best Screenplay. Nominated for Best Director,
Best Sound and Best Picture. All that, and
costumes by Edith Head. While there is no
exposure, the scene where Katharine Ross is
ordered to strip at gunpoint is very hot, and the
images of her being ridden around on a bike have
stuck in my mind since I first saw it in 1969.
The special edition DVD is a keeper -- tons of
extra material, and Digitally Remastered for
thumbnails Ross (1,
10, 11, 12)
Knights", from Johnny Web
discussed this a few
Dawn Clark (1, 2) Michele
Drescher, no nudity Michelle Pfeiffer,
portrait only, just to see what she looked like
in 1980. I don't think I need to add,
"pretty damned good" Kim
Hopkins Carol Ann
McCloud" and more, from GR
I don't know if I've
ever talked about Brewster McCloud, an early
Altman film. It's about a boy who yearns to fly.
Well, that's kinda what it's about. Robert Altman
was once asked what it is about and he responded
that it was about birdshit. And he wasn't
kidding. I really like this movie, but you all
know I have a taste for the oddball films, and
this one is pretty far off the normal drumbeat.
If you're interested in Altman, and haven't seen
this, you need to. This is to Altman as "Get
To Know Your Rabbit" is to DePalma
It has arguably the most
creative credits ever put on film, if anyone
keeps track of this category. I don't think I've
ever seen an Oscar for this particular
This is one of the two
movies (the other "Harold and Maude")
that made Bud Cort a cult legend. Cort's story is
not unlike Katharine Ross. In 1970-71, it looked
like he would become the king of the character
actors, but after Harold and Maude he just became
kind of a free spirit, living in hotels and with
friends, and even for a while with the aging
Groucho Marx. He got typecast only into odd
roles, and didn't ever get an important starring
role again. Then he had a major auto accident in
1979 which put him out of commission and into
plastic surgery for years. He made a comeback as
a writer/director with 1991's "Ted &
Venus", in which he also starred. Here is an excellent info page,
with several articles and interviews, and a bio
Joan Severance, "Safe Sex" Sally Kellerman in "Brewster McCloud" Sean Young in "Men"
Yo, Scooperman. More leftover supermodels.
These from months ago, from the days before you
had Blinky, and they were sitting on my hard disk
at work. I suppose Blinky has covered the bases,
but I need to get rid of em. About three of em
are da bomb, but the rest are just ... leftovers.
Petersen. Lin Tang. Lin Tang.