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Palm Beach Daily News, Friday, October 2, 1987 Page 3 'Big Shots' Is Better Than You Might Think 7 Ebert and violent? Why does some of the action, including a couple of car crashes, seem to belong in a different movie? Why couldn't a consistent tone be found for the whole movie? It's like they invented original characters in an original plot, and then kept slipping back onto the assembly line with the action scenes. I liked the two leads. Darius McCrary makes a chunky, utterly self-confident black street kid, who knows all the ropes but has a good heart. Ricky Busker at first 'comes on a little tentative, but that's the character; after he makes partners with his new friend, they turn into an acting team so smooth and assured that I'd like to see them again. And somehow I think I will in a sitcom, probably.

Universal Press Syndicate 'BIG SHOTS' "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." Ernest Hemingway And a lot of American movies, too. Big Shots is a modern urban retread of Huckleberry Finn, except that the black character plays both Huck and Jim, the white kid is Tom Sawyer, and the Mississippi River has been turned into an interstate highway. The result is more entertaining than you might think. The movie begins with a father going fishing with his young teenage son (Ricky Busker), and telling him some of the facts of life. Within a few days, the father is dead, and in grief his son gets on his bicycle and pedals off blindly from the Chicago suburb where family, with the two con-men in pursuit.

Big Shots is a strange film because it is so relentlessly conventional some of the time, and so original at other times. It doesn't want to tell the real story of real kids; the heroes are obviously fictional, and there are all sorts of logical errors in what they do. But the friendship between them does come across as the real thing, and the supporting performances by the adults in their life are offbeat and generally entertaining. The problem is that the writer, Joe Eszterhas, and the director, Robert Mandel, have seen too many TV cop dramas and movie chase scenes. If this movie is essentially a comedy, and I think it is, then why is Skolimowski's gangster allowed to be so mean crime, cops, criminals and car chases.

What's fresh is the idea of the two friends in the middle of everything. They need to raise some money, and they run afoul of a crooked pawnbroker (Robert Prosky). They need some help from an adult, and they enlist a hard-drinking fence (Paul Win-field). They steal an expensive car, and it belongs to a mysterious criminal (Jerzy Skolimowski) and his lamebrain sidekick. The centerpiece of the movie is a long chase down the continent, from Chicago to the Deep South.

The two friends have embarked on a plan to find Seam's father, who has been absent for years. All they have is an old address on a driver's license. And chasing them, in a rented car, are the two hoods. This is a little like the trip down the Mississippi to find Jim's he lives. He eventually ends up on Chicago's South Side, where he is mugged by some tough teenagers.

Then he makes a friend. The friend is named Scam (Darius McCrary), and he is also without a father. He's the Huck Finn type. He lives in a motel by conning the owner that his father is arriving any day to pay the bills. He knows all the characters on the street, and lives by his wits.

He's tough and smart, but inside he's still a vulnerable little boy. The two kids from such completely different backgrounds become friends, and then they get involved in a series of capers. The action in this movie is mostly recycled out of the same stockpile as all the other movie and TV entertainments involving Entertainment News Laser Lights And Music The Aldrin Planetarium at the South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach is presenting a special kind of entertainment every Friday night at 8 and 9 p.m. Normally, the planetarium is a place to sit back and learn about the stars, but director Gary Bogner has used a laser beam to create a "First Lights" show that turns the starry projections into dancing twinkles. The music of Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel and others is joined by the swirling, concentric designs of a laser beam on the planetarium's dome.

With strobe flashes, colored streams of light and the backdrop of a star filled night, Bogner has created a special bit of entertainment. Tickets are available at BASS outlets or through the Comedy Corner. Call 833-1812 for information. Art Classes At The Armory First semester classes at the Armory School and Visual Arts Center will commence October 12, as the renovations for Phase One near completion. Housed in the old National Guard Armory in West Palm Beach's Howard Park, the art school will offer instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, art appreciation, children's classes, workshops and tours of area artists' studios.

The school, formerly under the direction of the Norton Art Gallery, envisions becoming a landmark visual arts center in South Florida, with new sponsorship, leadership and location. Its faculty is comprised of 24 professional artists. The Armory School members receive a 50 percent discount on registration fees, noted Sylvia Chayat, the center's executive director. Additional information about the school and its class schedule can be obtained by writing the Armory School and Visual Arts Center, 1703 Lake Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 or calling 832-1776. A Brand New 'Harolds' Palm Beach stockbroker Harold Vizethann has resigned from his position at Merrill Lynch to pursue full time his plans for an exclusive new club in town.

He has also decided on a name for his planned dining and dance club in the Royal Poinciana Plaza, scheduled to open between Christmas and New Year's Day. He's calling it "Harolds," without using an thought it looked better without the apostrophe," Vizethann said. Some of the names that were in the running were "The Pecky Cypress Club," "The Domino Club," "Club Flamingo" and "Le Club Du Soir." Vizethann finally decided on using his own moniker for the club, keeping it in line with such famed night spots as "Anabel's" in London and "Castel's" in Paris. Those clubs do use the grammatical apostrophe indicating the possessive. "More importantly," said Vizethann, "it has a nice ring to it." Admission is $1, plus the regular museum admission price.

For more information, call 832-1988. Matt 'Guitar' Murphy Matt "Guitar" Murphy will be performing at the Comedy Corner in West Palm Beach on Monday, October 5. Murphy is one of the most respected figures in the music world. For the past two decades, Matt has performed with virtually every great blues artist and has been heralded as one of the best guitarists of our time. In 1979, he joined John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the hit movie The Blues Brothers, bringing back Soul Man and Gimme Some Lovin' to a new audience.

He played the owner of the diner where Aretha Franklin and the Blues Brothers meet up and sing. Angels Of The World Names Burt Spokesman One of Hollywood's top all-time box-office attractions, Burt Reynolds, has been named the 1987 National Honorary Spokesman for the Angels of the World Fund Raiser, which benefits many programs for the mentally disabled as well as other non-profit organizations. Reynolds, one of Palm Beach County's most famous residents, took time out from his busy schedule of filming to have a picture taken with Congressional Award winner Amy Taylor. The actordirector worked on four movies in a row this year. He has also set aside time to direct productions at the Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre, which he opened in 1979.

This year's ceramic sculpture is called "Amy of England" and was created by Laszlo Ispanky and made by disabled adults at the Ranch in Indiantown, Fla. Locally, the sales of the ceramic sculptures benefit the Palm Beach County Association for Retarded Citizens and Hope Rural School for Migrant Children in Martin County. The 1987 edition sells for $7. For information on where to purchase the angels, contact the ARC at 842-3213 or Hope Rural School at 597-3839. '-ts I -f-y, ''Ul- Burt Reynolds and Amy Taylor PALM BEACH DAILY NEWS "The Shiny Sheer "We Make Thing Happen PRIVATE HOME Lovely Palm Beach address Red Brick construction 2BR, 2BA pool Lush landscaping Call Robert Montgomery Eves.

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