The audience appeal of loners-against-corruption is here refashioned with the hero inside a marauding Sherman tank, taking on a maniacal southern sheriff in defense of integrity and family.
The audience appeal of loners-against-corruption is here refashioned with the hero inside a marauding Sherman tank, taking on a maniacal southern sheriff in defense of integrity and family.James Garner’s persona gives the events a soft, human, and at times bemused edge. First 10 minutes, showing Garner’s arrival on an army base are terribly slow; relationship is ploddingly established with wife Shirley Jones and teenage son C. Thomas Howell. Pace finally picks up when Garner gets in trouble for bashing a deputy who had slapped around a prostitute in a bar. The action triggers outrage by the local sheriff, another signature role by G.D. Spradlin, who gets even with Garner by framing his son and sending the boy to a despicable work farm.
Lorimar. Director Marvin Chomsky; Producer Irwin Yablans; Screenplay Dan Gordon; Camera Don Brinkrant; Editor Donald R. Rede; Music Lalo Schifrin; Art Director Bill Kenney
(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 113 MIN.
James Garner G.D. Spradlin Shirley Jones C. Thomas Howell James Cramwell Jenilee Harrison
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