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Breezy

Clint Eastwood's third directorial effort is an okay contemporary drama about middle-aged William Holden falling for teenage Kay Lenz. Associate producer Jo Heims' script works the problem over with perhaps too much ironic, wry or broad humor for solid impact.

With:
William Holden Kay Lenz Roger C. Carmel Marj Dusay Joan Hotchkis Jamie Smith Jackson

Clint Eastwood’s third directorial effort is an okay contemporary drama about middle-aged William Holden falling for teenage Kay Lenz. Associate producer Jo Heims’ script works the problem over with perhaps too much ironic, wry or broad humor for solid impact.

Story has divorced Holden, embittered at women (sequence with Joan Hotchkis is a dramatic highlight), falling for Lenz, a persistent overly precocious teenage drifter in the Hollywood Hills. Roger C. Carmel and wife Shelley Morrison provide sounding boards for Holden’s misgivings, before and after Holden begins having sex with Lenz.

The script doesn’t help Eastwood out: too much laugh/smile/chuckle sitcom patter and situation make the film more like a TV feature than a gripping and certainly relevant sudser.

Breezy

Production: Malpaso/Universal. Director Clint Eastwood; Producer Robert Daley; Screenplay Jo Heims; Camera Frank Stanley; Editor Ferris Webster; Music Michel Legrand; Art Director Alexander Golitzen

Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 106 MIN.

With: William Holden Kay Lenz Roger C. Carmel Marj Dusay Joan Hotchkis Jamie Smith Jackson

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