The Chase [1966]

Country:  USA
Genre:Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating:6.7  Rate
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Community: 7 Have Seen

DirectorArthur Penn
Selected CastMarlon Brando as Sheriff Calder
 Jane Fonda as Anna Reeves
 Robert Redford as Charlie 'Bubber' Reeves
 E.G. Marshall as Val Rogers
 Angie Dickinson as Ruby Calder
 Janice Rule as Emily Stewart
 Miriam Hopkins as Mrs. Reeves
 Robert Duvall as Edwin Stewart
 Martha Hyer as Mary Fuller
 James Fox as Jake Rogers


Comments and Reviews
5th May 2020
 Rated 6/10
There's a lot of good images on the screen, much of it brought to life by a vivid cast, but there's just too much going on. Literary sources are tricky and you can't keep every side story. 2 hours and 15 minutes is just not enough to get the full story in. The Chase uses action sparsely and tries to cram in the expansive array of characters, the inhabitants of a small town in Texas whose paths interconnect after the prison escape of wrongly-convicted Bubber (Robert Redford). Much of the goings-on plays like a soap opera (although not melodrama), but none of the characters are allowed to sink in, and thus there's little emotional investment.

So much talent in front of and behind the cameras, which appears to compete with the flow one might expect from an Arthur Penn film. Despite the internal flaws, it's fairly compelling, there's some great players on screen, and the cinematography is a treat.

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