|DIRTY MARY, CRAZY LARRY (director: John Hough; screenwriters: Leigh Chapman/Antonio Santean/from the novel "The Chase" Richard Unekis; cinematographer: Mike Margulies; editor: Christopher Holmes ; music: Jimmie Haskell; cast: Peter Fonda (Larry Rayder), Susan George (Mary), Vic Morrow (Franklin), Adam Rourke (Deke Sommers), Kenneth Tobey (Donahue), Eugene Daniels (Hank), Lynn Borden (Evelyn), Janear Hines (Millie), Roddy McDowall (George Stanton); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Norman T. Herman; Anchor Bay; 1970)|
|"I'd write this one off as a film
by Dennis Schwartz
wretched B road movie helmed without any particular
skill by John Hough ("Sudden
Terror"/"Treasure Island"/"Escape From Witch
Mountain"). Writers Leigh Chapman
and Antonio Santean
adapt it from the novel "The
Chase" by Richard Unekis.
of under-achieving partners on the NASCAR circuit, the
race driver Larry Rayder (Peter Fonda)
and his mechanic Adam Rourke (Deke
Sommers, rob $150,000 from a supermarket
store manager, Stanton (Rodney McDowall), and use it
to buy a top-line race car. On the California
highways, the speeders draw the attention of a cop in
a helicopter (Vic Morrow). On the road they pick up
the slutty groupie Mary (Susan George) and in the
slight story try to elude the police.
Filled with banal dialogue, great stunt riding sequences, beautiful shots of California scenery and Fonda still exploiting his Easy Rider image. I'd write this one off as a film wreck. It lacks plot or character development.
REVIEWED ON 2/18/2016 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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