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Plot: Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream, he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who tried to rob him. During his escape, Lewis stumbles on to the set of a Wild West movie, and through mishap and… Runtime: 102 min Release Date: 08 Oct 1975
What fun this movie is! Naive tenderfoot writer Jeff Bridges goes off to Hollywood to write B Westerns. And, every note is enjoyable. Andy Griffith is magnificent as bigger-than-life Howard Pike. Alan Arkin has all-kinds-of-fun as the egomaniacal director and Blythe Danner lights up the screen in her role. This is a great piece of Americana.
well-crafted Valentine to 30's Westerns (by aromatic-2)
The interplay between Jeff Bridges and Andy Griffith alone is well worth the price of admission, but the entire supporting cast gets into the spirit of this film about writing western movies in the early 30's. Fun for the entire family. Richard B. Schull and Anthony James are marvelous as the Mutt & Jeff antecedents of the wet bandits.
One of my favorite movies (by bigrafx-1)
I really love this movie. I saw it in the theaters when it first came out and recommended it to everybody I knew. Somewhere in my house is a bad VHS copy of it but I haven't seen it in a million years and it's not available on Netflix. If it gets released again on DVD I would recommend it - I'll bet it hasn't dated or aged one bit. Wonderful wonderful movie.How do you campaign to get a movie re-released on DVD? This film has everything, a beautiful young Jeff Bridges, a typical excellent Alan Arkin performance, Blythe Danner! who should have been a much bigger movie star, <more>
This is one of the best of 1975 without a lot of heavy issues. It's about innocence and the American Dream with the perfect guy in the lead - a young Jeff Bridges. Alan Arkin is the perfect uptight East Coast director in Hollywood and the lovely Blythe Danner shows qualities that her daughter became famous for. Zieff's film Slither with James Caan is also very much underrated. Andy Griffith is well-cast for only the second time A Face in the Crowd being the other and Donald Pleasance is an added treasure, all too briefly. If you're in a normal mood this is the movie for you. A <more>
The mid-70's saw a misguided false nostalgia for early Hollywood. I'd like to think it was on account of the last few octogenarian and up moguls dying off Samuel Goldwyn died at 94 in '74, Jack L. Warner passed in the fall of '78 at 86, Darryl F. Zanuck, ill with Alzheimer's, dying in '79 and that the younger turks sensed something. Unfortunately what spewed forth was mostly crap: Gable and Lombard, W.C. Fields and Me, the dull interpretations of The Great Gatsby, The Last Tycoon, and the cinematic nadir: Won Ton Ton the Dog that Saved Hollywood... a film so <more>
utterly awful that they must've thought Rin Tin Tin would sue. Nickelodeon belongs in there somewhere too. But along the way there were a few minor gems, namely, underrated The Day of the Locust particularly for Burgess Meredith's performance and Hearts of the West, which I saw in a theater in Portland it's brief release. I don't think it rated a week's screen time. Inarguably, the plot's thin stuff, but Jeff Bridges' Lewis Tater ranks as his best pre-Starman turn as an actor. He took naiveté to an entirely new plateau. Andy Griffith delivers a nice performance as an amiable, if duplicitous character actor who's descended into a life in poverty row oaters. The then-50-year old Griffith had just recovered from a serious medical condition and hadn't been seen in a feature film since a 1969 flop, Angel in My Pocket. Griffith here is far, far removed from anyone's image of Sheriff Andy Taylor. The supporting cast is superb, especially Alan Arkin who captures the essential cheapness of a Gower Gulch producer/director... he seems to be based on Mascot's Nat Levine. Don't look for the picture to go much of anywhere, just enjoy the ride. I liken the experience very similar to 1982's Cannery Row; you know you've seen better pictures, but you never somehow enjoyed one more and you don't exactly know why.
I saw this movie years ago but didn't catch the title at the time. It took several years to locate the title and to see it again. I thought this was a very funny and well done movie. Lewis Tater has has an innocent enthusiasm that makes him instantly likable. His Overacting in the gunfighter scenes and cracking the invisible whip in the lobby of the boarding house were hilarious. It reminded me of Myself in my younger years. This movie is loaded with fun and there is a certain nostalgic atmosphere about it that just leaves you smiling. Very underrated movie. For a just plain feel good fun <more>