Starring: Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Robert Joy (his film debut), Kate Reid, Hollis McLaren
Director: Louis Malle
Summary: An aging gangster’s love for a gambling house waitress puts him in the middle of a heist gone bad
Other Nominations: Director, Actor (Lancaster), Actress (Sarandon), Original Screenplay
It’s a movie that hinges tremendously on its co-stars performances and chemistry, and in this it mostly succeeds. I liked Sarandon (surprisingly, in her only BP nominated film) a lot and she really did a great job as a working woman who can’t seem to catch a break either professionally or in her personal life; her and Lancaster both manage to stay likeable despite a couple of extremely awkward scenes I’ll get to later, which is a testament to their abilities. As a story between these two characters (especially Lancaster who is fairly well-layered), it works well.
As for what I didn’t like: 1) I’ve never seen a creepier way to introduce us to our main characters when it wasn’t meant to be, and Sarandon’s reaction to the reveal about this later is ridiculous to say the least. The ending was certainly not what I was expecting at all, and I have mixed feelings about it, although I will give them credit for surprising me.
Random note: One of the characters mentions that she has always wanted to be able to buy clear plastic high heels with goldfish swimming in them. I never thought this movie would make me instantly think of Disco Stu at any point (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B873ZRbCMAAmIWI.png)
Overall: A pretty good movie about two very different characters whose lives kind of crash into each other, although some of the script elements I could have one without.