Review: ‘A Small Town in Texas’

Plot picks up Timothy Bottoms en route home from a prison stretch to reunite with girl friend Susan George and their out of wedlock son, also to contemplate revenge on Bo Hopkins, who busted him on a pot charge and is now involved with George.

Plot picks up Timothy Bottoms en route home from a prison stretch to reunite with girl friend Susan George and their out of wedlock son, also to contemplate revenge on Bo Hopkins, who busted him on a pot charge and is now involved with George.

The film jettisons believability to concentrate on stunt crashes and explosions. Bottoms’ character is overly obtuse even for an embittered ex-con and pointlessly risks the lives of George and their son.

Bo Hopkins acts rings around Bottoms. He does an excellent job of conveying the sheriff’s unsettling mixture of boyish charm and viciousness. George is okay in another over-wrought part. Buck Fowler is a standout in the supporting cast as a grizzled old moonshiner who gleefully joins the chase.

A Small Town in Texas

Production

CoCaCo. Director Jack Starrett; Producer Joe Solomon; Screenplay William Norton; Camera Bob Jessup; Editor John C. Horger, Larry L. Mills, Jodie Copelan; Music Charles Bernstein; Art Director Elayne Ceder

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Timothy Bottoms Susan George Bo Hopkins Art Hindle John Karlen Morgan Woodward
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