|ROAD TO SALINA (director/writer: George Lautner; screenwriter: Pascal Jardin/Jack Miller/from the novel "Sur la Route de Salina" by Maurice Cury; cinematographer: Maurice Fellous; editor: Michèle David ; music: Bernard Gerard; cast: Rita Hayworth (Mara), Robert Walker Jr. (Jonas), Mimsy Farmer (Billie), Ed Begley (Warren), Sophie Hardy (Linda), David Sachs (Sheriff), Ivano Staccioli (Linda's husband); Runtime: 97; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Robert Dorfmann/Yvon Guézel; Charter(Avco Embassy); 1970-France/Italy-in English)|
|"Well-made but trashy emotional
by Dennis Schwartz
Lautner ("The Monocle"/"Stranger in the
House"/"Room Service") directs this well-made but
trashy emotional psychological thriller. The film is
told in flashback. It's based upon Maurice
Cury’s novel Sur la Route de Salina.
The French-Italian co-production was shot in English
in the Canary Islands. In this pic, one of ailing star
Rita Hayworth's last, she was suffering
from the Alzheimer's that eventually killed her.
The misunderstood thriller is more complex than given
credit for by some critics. The highlights include
Rita smoking a joint, a few murders and explicit sex.
It's written by Pascal Jardin and Jack
Curious about what happened to the real Rocky, Jonas treks to Salina to meet Rocky's restaurant owner girlfriend Linda (Sophie Hardy). Jonas returns home when Linda fails to recognize him. After re-connecting with Billie the mystery soon becomes clear, and the kid will have to make a few tough life choice decisions when he discovers the truth.
Ed Begley, in his last film role, bows out doing the frug with his neighbor Rita.
REVIEWED ON 4/16/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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