|R.P.M. (REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE) (director: Stanley Kramer; screenwriter: Erich Segal; cinematographer: Michel Hugo; editor: William A. Lyon; music: Perry Botkin Jr.; cast: Anthony Quinn ("Paco" Perez), Ann-Margret (Rhoda), Gary Lockwood (Rossiter), Paul Winfield (Dempsey), Ramon Bieri (Brown), Graham Jarvis (Police Chief Henry J. Thatcher), Alan Hewitt (Hewlett), Norman Burton (Coach McCurdy); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Stanley Kramer; Columbia Pictures; 1970)|
Kramer' dated and unperceptive old-fashioned
unintentionally laughable camp liberal pic."
by Dennis Schwartz
woefully inept 1960's student rad pic that even makes
The Strawberry Statement seem hip. Its veteran liberal
filmmaker Stanley Kramer ("Ship of Fools"/"The
Defiant Ones"/"On The Beach") is at his self-righteous
worst, directing a film he's not capable of at this
stage of his career that's filled with empty
statements about the generation gap and the aims of
the student protestors. The film is worsened by Erich
Segal's useless script, the ham-fisted acting and the
risible direction. This embarrassingly pitiful pic is
Hollywood's answer to the student revolution of the
late 1960s, as it foists on the public Stanley Kramer'
dated and unperceptive old-fashioned unintentionally
laughable camp liberal pic.
53-year-old Puerto Rican, Spanish Harlem raised,
liberal, anti-Establishment, popular sociology
professor and author of several social science theory
Perez (Anthony Quinn), is appointed by the board of
trustees of a fictional NYC university, obviously
meant to be Columbia University, as the new acting
president because they believe he can handle student
demonstrations spurred on by a coalition of white and
black students. They are led by its white radical
leader Rossiter (Gary Lockwood) and black leader
Winfield). Though Perez accepts nine of the demands,
there are three that call for the students co-running
the university with the administrators that are not
accepted. The radicals are shown to be irresponsible,
foul-mouthed and intractable, as they refuse to
compromise and take over the administration building
housing a valued computer. Perez's ego is hurt that
the rads ridicule the once popular professor as out of
touch with the youths and that his hottie much younger
grad school wife, Rhoda (Ann-Margaret), says he's a
lousy lay and throws her lot in with the protestors.
When informed that Rossiter threatens to destroy the
school's new two million dollar computer, Perez
reluctantly calls in the police and their
insensitivity provokes a bloody riot. The trustees
congratulate Perez for ending the take-over and the
students boo him.
The result is an unconvincing radical pic that's filled with babble and is simplistically played out with stereotyped solutions, that is made all the more unenjoyable because it's plodding, miscast, dim and improbable.
REVIEWED ON 10/12/2013 GRADE: D
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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