Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1968. The Mirisch Corporation, Simkoe, Solar Productions. Screenplay by Alan Trustman. Cinematography by Haskell Wexler. Produced by Norman Jewison. Music by Michel Legrand. Production Design by Robert F. Boyle. Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle. Film Editing by Hal Ashby, Byron ‘Buzz’ Brandt, Ralph E. Winters. Academy Awards 1968. Golden Globe Awards 1968.
Steve McQueen plays a business tycoon who is so filthy rich that it has bored him silly. To alleviate himself he decides to go in for a bank robbery, stealing wads of cash from a bank through the use of hired goons who have never seen his face. Faye Dunaway is magnificent as the vivacious insurance investigator who arrives on the scene and immediately suspects him of the crime. This film is totally of its time, featuring cheesy split-screen effects and endless montage sequences of riding in dune buggies in the sand, but there’s very little substance to it. What could be fun character work between the two leads succumbs to endless sexual innuendo, particularly a very famous chess scene that is rife with symbolic gestures. Dunaway’s work and the wonderful music score featuring the excellent ‘The Windmills of Your Wind’ make for good reasons to watch it, but other than that I say the Rene Russo remake is easily the far superior of the two.