I think Thursdays are going to be the days that I do a blog review of the Movie of the Week from The Less Desirables podcast on Wednesday nights. So, to make this happen, I have got to have a #1 or first in the series of. Let’s start it now:
This week’s film was from 1974. I can remember, vaguely, my ‘Rents taking me to see this movie. Something, in which these days would be wildly inappropriate, that I liked about my Rents. They did what they wanted. I have some friends that, while I find it a noble gesture, cancel all other plans because they have a child; you still have a life. Anywhat! I digress.
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry stars Peter Fonda as Larry Rayder, an aspiring NASCAR driver and Adam Rourke as Deke Sommers, his mechanic. Larry and Deke think they can build the ultimate racing car and perform a hold up of a local supermarket, by holding the manager’s wife and daughter hostage, to get the funds to buy the parts and hoping that thrusts them into the big-time when it comes to racing. The über-smokin’ hot Susan George (at least she was back then) plays Mary Coombs, Larry’s one-night stand who coerces the boys into taking her with them.
Word of the hostage situation along with the supermarket’s robbery gets law enforcement on their tails. Vic Morrow plays Captain Franklin and Franklin becomes obsessed with finding Larry and crew. He sends out a dragnet to locate them. Ultimately, the explosive ending happens and that was ingrained in my brain since I was a kid. I think because I watched a great deal of that movie, whilst either asleep or threw my mom’s fingers – I mentioned that Mary was hot, right? – the ending, left on the screen as we exited the theater was what really left an impression. My Rents are ones to exit the theater as soon as the credits start rolling. Myself, I paid for the whole movie, I watch the whole movie.
Anywhat! The movie was fast-paced and had good acting with great actors. Funny in places and dramatic in others. Car chases were all the rage at this time, especially when chased by helicopters. I’m not sure if it was that I did actually like the movie or that there was nostalgia there, but I rate this “slightly above average” with 3.5 Stars.
Directed by John Hough. Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“You know what? I think I’m finally ready to unload.” – Mary Coombs (Susan George), Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)