Review: ‘The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie’

The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie is an offbeat film, centered around the fascinating, although admittedly preposterous, situation of a lonely adolescent part-Indian girl (Bonnie Bedelia), naive and emotionally disturbed, who hitches a ride with a traveling salesman (Ken Howard) and leads him to her isolated ramshackle cabin in New Mexico, where she lets the air out of the tires of his car, breaks his leg and holds him captive.

The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie is an offbeat film, centered around the fascinating, although admittedly preposterous, situation of a lonely adolescent part-Indian girl (Bonnie Bedelia), naive and emotionally disturbed, who hitches a ride with a traveling salesman (Ken Howard) and leads him to her isolated ramshackle cabin in New Mexico, where she lets the air out of the tires of his car, breaks his leg and holds him captive.

Pic generally holds together on strength of engaging performances and a fair amount of tension throughout, but the mixture of serious suspenseful drama (tinged with an ever-present air of impending violence) and humorous repartee between the characters doesn’t jell. [Based on Chicken by Miles Tripp.]

The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie

Production

20th Century-Fox/Cinecrest. Director Jack Starrett; Producer John Kohn; Screenplay Anthony Greville-Bell, John Kohn; Camera Ray Parslow; Editor Thom Noble; Music John Cameron; Art Director Roy Walker

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Bonnie Bedelia Ken Howard Anthony Zerbe
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