An affair between a cabana boy and the young wife of a sinister politician triggers a 16-year vendetta between the two men.
Patton, that my friend was a well written review! My only beef is the spoilerific nature of some of your alliterations, but those are mild at best( we could prolly figure that out anyway). Though you never really let us know how you felt about the film, but your recollections and assimilation of the storyline was riveting. Kudo's to you my friend, Kudos!
The last thing he was in was Witless Protection with Larry the Cable Guy.
It was an insightful review. And Pryor was the man.
The three main actors didn't get along and were constantly fighting throughout the shoot. The tension became so great that at one point Richard Pryor (supposedly in a drug-fueled rage) pointed a gun at Schrader and told him that there was "no way" he was ever going to do more than three takes for a scene, an incident which may have caused Schrader's nervous breakdown.
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Was that a dopey review or does the AICN font just make everything written in it seem slightly pointless?
A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict, he has never gotten over the wife that left him, and the couple that use ... See full summary »
If the whole standup thing doesn't pan out (unlikely), you definitely have a fallback as a film critic. Excellent stuff.
Blue Collar was universally praised by critics. The film holds a rare 100% "Fresh" rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes. Both Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel especially lauded the film. Ebert awarded the film 4 stars and Siskel placed the film 4th on his list of the ten best of 1978.
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A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits.
Schrader goes for a nice, raunchy humor in the scenes involving the three guys: The movie is relaxed and comfortable with itself, and we get the precise textures and tones of the society they live in. We understand their friendship, too, because it defies one of the things the movie passionately charges: That unions and management tacitly collaborate on trying to set the rich against the poor, the black against the white, the old against the young, to divide and conquer.
Yaphet Kotto totally channels his character from this in Alien
Detroit. Dawn. The next shift arrives for work. On the sound track, music of pounding urgency, suggesting the power of the machines that stamp out car doors from sheets of sheel. The camera takes us into the insides of an automobile factory, takes us close enough to almost smell the sweat and shield our eyes against the sparks thrown off by welding torches.
Schrader tells the story of three workers, buddies on and off the job, who are all more or less in the same boat. They work, they drink after work in the bar across the street, they go home to mortgages or bills or kids who need braces on their teeth. One day they get fed up enough to decide to rob the safe in the office of their own union. What they find there is only a few hundred bucks—and a ledger that seems to contain the details of illegal loans of union funds.
Blu ray would do this flick a world of good. This movie is the best thing these Union types need to see.I loathe them,and this movie shows all the reasons why. Great review,... This movie and Greased Lightning are two Richard films that are so great,the studios think they need no real "treatments" on any disc.
Earl Macklin robs a bank owned by the mob, serves his prison time and is released, only to start a private war against the crime outfit that owned the bank.
And grammatically correct and everything was spelled right and everything. I wish Patton would regularly write reviews for this site. Or some site. I'd go see 'em. I loved this review. <Br><Br>And actually the thing about the shirtless dildo fight was funny. I laughed.<br><Br>Patton rocks. I'd love to see more Patton on this site. More Patton, please!
Could be interesting, but I see this more as a project for The Zone.<br> (BTW, why is The Zone pretty much abandoned by the AICN crew? I mean, I'm not really complaining, because I like what The Zone became over the years (Seriously. Talkbacks are for fun and bitching, The zone is for fun, bitching and real discussions and conversations.), I just think it's weird.
it sounds great<P>as for Yaphet Kotto a quick check shows he was in the movie Witless Protection with god Eric Roberts, Peter Stormare, Joe Mantagna and umm...Larry the Cable Guy
and i will say that Good Bad Ugly is INDEED THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!
he died of pneumonia I think, a few years back.
Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...
Don't forget "I could care less," "I should of known better," and "this is where we're at." <BR><BR>People who say/write those are all loosers. ;)
A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintergrate.
because I think the world needs to hear my take on "The Last Of Sheila" or "Hickey and Boggs" or "F For Fake" or "The Lady From Shanghai" or "The Liquidator" or "Two For The Road" or "Charade" or "Night Moves" or "Choose Me" or "The Hit" or Champagne For Caesar" or "His Kind Of Woman" or "Hail The Conquering Hero" or... I watch a lot of movies.
Patton Oswalt, king of comedy. You know, he's got my family quoting his stuff. And 'failure pile in a sadness bowl' has entered the common parlance of my break room at work. I force Werewolves and Lollipops on people at parties, the way my folks used to force George Carlin and Richard Pryor on people during their parties...by putting it on, and letting the laughter happen.
Blue Collar (1978)
and believe Schrader had to go outside of Detroit to film the factory scenes, and found a shop that assembled cabs. Given the content of the scipt is it a suprise the Big 3 turned him down.<p>A very strong film, even moreso considering it was Schrader's first directing job.
...is available in R2 land on DVD. Amazon UK has it for about four pounds.
Not only wouldn't studios make a movie like this today, no indie would either, because what trust fund kid going to film school would even bother to try to imagine what this kind of life is like? Much better to make a movie about attractive twentysomethings with romantic complications. Or hitmen! Attractive hitmen with romantic complications!
This special treat has soothed the pain of AMAD ending.
The film is both a critique of union practices and an examination of life in a working-class Rust Belt enclave. Although it has minimal comic elements provided by Pryor, it is mostly dramatic.
In his autobiography Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen names Blue Collar and Taxi Driver as two of his favourite films from the seventies.
A federal agent attempts to coerce Jerry into informing on the union's corruption, which could make him enemies with his co-workers as well as the union bosses. At the same time, corrupt union bosses try to get Zeke to work for them. By the end, once close friends, Jerry and Zeke turn against each another.
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It's intense, well-acted, gives one a good idea about everyday factory life and offers a clear-sighted muckraking take on blue collar types ...