Friday, April 25, 2014

Flick Pick: The Electric Horseman

The Electric Horseman
(Columbia, 1979)

Modern day western adventure starring Robert Redford, and in one of her few personally  tolerable performances, Jane Fonda. The last for not least of which because she spends most of the movie as exactly the journalistic rabble-rousing airhead she was in real life for most of her life, and she self-parodies well. The film is consistenly engaging, marking the fifth of seven times veteran director Sydney Pollack teamed to direct Redford, almost invariably to excellence, and also marks a debut for Willie Nelson, who provides five songs to Dave Grusin's score, and the second film appearance of an older newcomer named Wilford Brimley. It's beautifully shot across  the wilderness areas of Nevada and Utah, as well as on the Vegas Strip, all biographically familiar to Redford.

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