Bad Company is an excellent film which combines wry humor and gritty action with in-depth characterizations of two youths on the lam in the Civil War west. The production is generally sensitive in its treatment, though pockmarked with some incongruous 'fun-and-poetic' type violence unworthy of the otherwise quality story-telling. Robert Benton, who co-wrote the fine original script, makes a noteworthy directorial debut.
Bad Company is an excellent film which combines wry humor and gritty action with in-depth characterizations of two youths on the lam in the Civil War west. The production is generally sensitive in its treatment, though pockmarked with some incongruous ‘fun-and-poetic’ type violence unworthy of the otherwise quality story-telling. Robert Benton, who co-wrote the fine original script, makes a noteworthy directorial debut.
It’s an intriguing story of the maturing-under-fire of Barry Brown, a midwest draft dodger but otherwise of ‘good’ stock, who gradually develops the educated, pragmatic survival instinct necessary in the old west. In this he is influenced primarily by Jeff Bridges, a more primitive con-artist character who knows the ropes of street-fighting and finagling.
Among the many highlights of the film is an outstanding performance by Brown.
Jaffilms/Paramount. Director Robert Benton; Producer Stanley R. Jaffe; Screenplay David Newman, Robert Benton; Camera Gordon Willis; Editor Ralph Rosenblum, Ron Kalish; Music Harvey Schmidt; Art Director Paul Sylbert
(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 91 MIN.
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