What might have looked like a great idea on paper has been tackled by filmmakers who haven't expanded it much beyond the one joke inherent in the premise.

What might have looked like a great idea on paper has been tackled by filmmakers who haven’t expanded it much beyond the one joke inherent in the premise.

Plot has fat cat car dealer Jack Warden desperate to knock out competition provided by a brother also portrayed by Warden.

Latter dies early on but operator Kurt Russell and partners Gerrit Graham and Frank McRae disguise the fact to prevent their slimey neighbor from inheriting the property.

Scripters have provided very little context or societal texture for their unmodulated tale, which disagreeably seeks to find humor in characters’ humiliation, embarrassment and even death.

Nonetheless Robert Zemeckis directs with undeniable vigor, if insufficient control and discipline.

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Production

Columbia. Director Robert Zemeckis; Producer Bob Gale; Screenplay Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale; Camera Donald M. Morgan; Editor Michael Kahn; Music Patrick Williams; Art Director Peter M. Jamison

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 113 MIN.

With

Kurt Russell Jack Warden Frank McRae Gerrit Graham Deborah Harmon Joseph P. Flaherty
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