You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Warren Oates: Across the Border

Peckinpah icon Warren Oates (1928-82) is warmly saluted in "Warren Oates: Across the Border," a technically modest but well-meaning bio-tribute to the flavorsome character actor by fellow Kentuckian Tom Thurman. As befits Oates' career as a supporting player, the film is as interesting for its luminary interviewees as for insights into its subject and should find a welcome among buffs, especially in Europe where Oates has a solid following.

With:
With: Peter Fonda, Ned Beatty, Stacy Keach, Harry Dean Stanton, Ben Johnson, Millie Perkins, Monte Hellman, Thomas McGuane, Robert Culp and others.

Peckinpah icon Warren Oates (1928-82) is warmly saluted in “Warren Oates: Across the Border,” a technically modest but well-meaning bio-tribute to the flavorsome character actor by fellow Kentuckian Tom Thurman. As befits Oates’ career as a supporting player, the film is as interesting for its luminary interviewees as for insights into its subject and should find a welcome among buffs, especially in Europe where Oates has a solid following.

Ned Beatty, who also narrates, gets closest to Oates’ appeal when he says he played “negative” guys (i.e., losers) but in a way that allowed audiences to identify with them. Born in western Kentucky during the Depression, Oates made it to movies in the late 1950s via the Marines, stage work, N.Y. and TV.

Writer David Thomson succinctly notes that Oates was maybe “the common element” in the great period of U.S. cinema from 1965 to 1977, when challenging movies were made that would never get studio support today. Fellow free spirits Monte Hellman, Peter Fonda and Harry Dean Stanton (latter only briefly) touchingly recall an age that’s forever gone. Robert Culp describes Oates as “a glorious failure that demands our love and respect.”

Made with the Oates’ family cooperation, but with little industry clout, pic uses vid extracts from the actor’s work that are often not of best quality. Disappointingly, clips from “The Wild Bunch” were not available.

Though Oates himself emerges as an essentially simple character, the film wisely makes the point that he was never a star actor who could shape a pic. Peckinpah’s “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia” was the only vehicle he led, and the jury is still out on that one.

Warren Oates: Across the Border

Production: A Tom Thurman/Fly by Noir production. (International sales: FBN Films, Danville, Kentucky.) Produced, directed by Thurman. Executive producer, Chris Iovenko. Screenplay, Tom Marksbury. Additional script material, David Thomson.

Crew: Camera (color) Walter Brock; editors, Thurman, Bruce R. Ogden; music, Frank Schaap; sound, Arthur Rouse; associate producer, Rouse; narrator, Ned Beatty. Reviewed at London Film Festival, Nov. 10, 1993. Running time: 52 min.

With: With: Peter Fonda, Ned Beatty, Stacy Keach, Harry Dean Stanton, Ben Johnson, Millie Perkins, Monte Hellman, Thomas McGuane, Robert Culp and others.

More Film

  • Taraji P. Henson What Men Want

    Film News Roundup: Taraji P. Henson Comedy 'What Men Want' Moves to February

    Peckinpah icon Warren Oates (1928-82) is warmly saluted in “Warren Oates: Across the Border,” a technically modest but well-meaning bio-tribute to the flavorsome character actor by fellow Kentuckian Tom Thurman. As befits Oates’ career as a supporting player, the film is as interesting for its luminary interviewees as for insights into its subject and should […]

  • steve dayan Teamsters Local 399

    Hollywood Teamsters, Basic Crafts Unions Launch Contract Negotiations

    Peckinpah icon Warren Oates (1928-82) is warmly saluted in “Warren Oates: Across the Border,” a technically modest but well-meaning bio-tribute to the flavorsome character actor by fellow Kentuckian Tom Thurman. As befits Oates’ career as a supporting player, the film is as interesting for its luminary interviewees as for insights into its subject and should […]

  • Miriam Nelson Dead: Hollywood Choreographer Was

    Hollywood Choreographer Miriam Nelson Dies at 98

    Peckinpah icon Warren Oates (1928-82) is warmly saluted in “Warren Oates: Across the Border,” a technically modest but well-meaning bio-tribute to the flavorsome character actor by fellow Kentuckian Tom Thurman. As befits Oates’ career as a supporting player, the film is as interesting for its luminary interviewees as for insights into its subject and should […]

  • Boots Riley, Director/Writer/Composer'Sorry to Bother You'

    'Sorry to Bother You' Director Boots Riley Criticizes Spike Lee's 'Fabricated' 'BlacKkKlansman'

    Peckinpah icon Warren Oates (1928-82) is warmly saluted in “Warren Oates: Across the Border,” a technically modest but well-meaning bio-tribute to the flavorsome character actor by fellow Kentuckian Tom Thurman. As befits Oates’ career as a supporting player, the film is as interesting for its luminary interviewees as for insights into its subject and should […]

  • Julianne Moore

    Toronto: A24 Nabs Julianne Moore Film 'Gloria Bell' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Peckinpah icon Warren Oates (1928-82) is warmly saluted in “Warren Oates: Across the Border,” a technically modest but well-meaning bio-tribute to the flavorsome character actor by fellow Kentuckian Tom Thurman. As befits Oates’ career as a supporting player, the film is as interesting for its luminary interviewees as for insights into its subject and should […]

  • Eva LongoriaHollywood Film Awards Arrivals, Beverly

    Eva Longoria Joins 'Dora the Explorer' Movie as Dora's Mother

    Peckinpah icon Warren Oates (1928-82) is warmly saluted in “Warren Oates: Across the Border,” a technically modest but well-meaning bio-tribute to the flavorsome character actor by fellow Kentuckian Tom Thurman. As befits Oates’ career as a supporting player, the film is as interesting for its luminary interviewees as for insights into its subject and should […]

  • Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek'Papillon' film

    'Papillon': Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek's New Drama Is 'Somewhat of a Love Story'

    Peckinpah icon Warren Oates (1928-82) is warmly saluted in “Warren Oates: Across the Border,” a technically modest but well-meaning bio-tribute to the flavorsome character actor by fellow Kentuckian Tom Thurman. As befits Oates’ career as a supporting player, the film is as interesting for its luminary interviewees as for insights into its subject and should […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content