Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB
Canada/France, 1980. International Cinema Corporation, Canadian Film Development Corporation, Cine-Neighbor, Selta Films, Famous Players Limited. Screenplay by John Guare. Cinematography by Richard Ciupka. Produced by Denis Heroux, John Kemeny. Music by Michel Legrand. Production Design by Anne Pritchard. Costume Design by Francois Barbeau. Film Editing by Suzanne Baron.
Excellent drama directed by Louis Malle, in which Burt Lancaster plays a petty criminal who gets caught up with Susan Sarandon in a crooked drug deal orchestrated by her husband (Robert Joy). Great photography, thirties-style gangster characters and an excellent script by playwright John Guare make for fantastic entertainment, and one of the best films of its year.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Burt Lancaster); Best Actress (Susan Sarandon); Best Director (Louis Malle); Best Original Screenplay
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Actor-Drama (Burt Lancaster); Best Director; Best Foreign Film
Venice Film Festival Award: Golden Lion (tie)