The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on July 28, 1978 · 76
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 76

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Friday, July 28, 1978
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'Driver': Violence in First Gear BY KEVIN THOMAS Timet Stiff Writer "The Driver" (city wide) is ultra violent trash that wipes out Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern and Isabelle Adjani, the exquisite star of Truffaufs "The Story of Adele H." In the title role O'Neal is a hotshot, high-priced driver of getaway cars who, after a formula spectacular chase, gets tagged by Dern, an implacable cop. Dern can't pin a thing on O'Neal but intends to nail him any way he can. Thus commences a series of crosses and double-crosses multiplying as rapidly as our interest in them diminishes. Along with Miss Adjani, a professional gambler, others ensnared in O'Neal and Dern's lethal maneuvers are Ronee Blakely, who sets up O'Neal jobs, a particularly vicious gang of petty crooks (Joseph Walsh, Rudy Ramos and Denny Macko) and Dern's hapless partners (Matt Clark, Felice Orlandi). Written and directed by Walter Hill, "The Driver" plays like a bad imitation of a French gangster picture, which in THE DRIVER A 20th Century-FoxEMI Fllmt presentation. Producer Lawrence Gordon. Writer-director Walter Hill. Associate producer Frank Marshall. Camera Philip Lathrop. Production designer Harry Horner. Music Michael Small. Stunt coordinator Everett Creech. Art director David Haber. Film editors Tina Hirsch, Robert K. Lambert. Featuring Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adlanl, Ronee Blakely, Matt Clark, Felice Orlandi, Joseph Walsh, Rudy Ramos, Denny Macko, Frank Bruno. Running time: I hr. 31 mln. MPAA-rated: R (persons under 17 must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian). turn is a bad imitation of an American gangster picture. (Indeed, they just might love it in Paris and it probably would seem better in French with English subtitles.) So derivative is "The Driver," which has undeservedly beautifully gritty cinematography by Philip Lathrop of bleak downtown L.A. settings, that it verges on parody. Worse yet, it's afflicted with overweaning pretentiousness as its one-dimensional, relentlessly glum people talk tough in monosyllables. The more "The Driver" strives for significance, reaching at last a predictable finish of heavy-handed irony, the emptier it seems. What is left is merely a sleekly assembled, utterly mindless destruction derby. "The Driver" opens with a lengthy chase through dark downtown L.A. streets that are conveniently empty of traffic. A decade after "Bullitt" and more than half that time since "The French Connection," such chases have lost their visceral impact, which tells us how easily and dangerously we can become inured to violence. For that matter, "The Driver" is but another in a seemingly endless series of pictures that take an amoral view toward the wanton destruction of property. For O'Neal, an actor whose natural wit is so rarely allowed to surface, "The Driver" represents yet another loser, and for Dern it's simply a replay of his obnoxious cop in "The Laughing Policeman." For Miss Adjani it's a singularly inauspicious American film debut. At one point O'Neal repeatedly orders a young punk to go home. That's exactly what the viewer of "The Driver" feels like doing. COSTA MESA Soulhcoalt J, 714649-3352 HUNTINGTON BEACH EdwaraY Huntiaataa Ciltama 714141 0311 LONG BEACH RaiimaraJ, 430-0419 TEMPLE CITY Timpto 216-3179 EAGLE ROCK Elgll Rock Malt 4, 264-9101 ORANGE Stadium Orin-ln 714639-9770 GRANADA HILLS Grinida M9-0949 ORANGE Clnfdom 10, 714632553 INGLEW000 Fo (712323 SANTA MONICA trt.twaod 629-3366 Call Theatres lor Showtimn TJ Mystery loves comedy "A swift and sparkling blend of romantic comedy and murder mystery. 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ASoMIe HawiChevy Chan FOW P1AY (PO) 1:30-3:45-6:00-6:15-1036 (Sorry, No Pasaes) UA CINEMA ASaryE THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY(PO) 1:16-3:30-5:45-0:00-10:18 606 Fwy-So. SL 024-56)4 UA TWIN AMAjOR 8TU0K) PREVIEW 8:45 Lea Carrrloa NARPHI VA1UT r.l.a. wm ram nLL o nn CAST In Nan Simon's THE CHEAP rXTKTtVl(PO) 1:30-3:20-6: 10-7:00-10:20 UA TWIN AJohn Travolta Olivia Nawton-Jonn OKASE(PO) 1:10-3: 15-5:26-7.30-9:45 (Sorry, No Passasl) U A CINEMA "A Comedy Thrllwrr LoaCarrltoaMal ta""'(.c,h"! 024-7728 FOU PLAY POJ 11:15-1:45-4: 15-6:45-0: IS (Sorry, No Passes) UACINEMA "Comedy Hit of thaYearl" AWarran ButtyJune Matte HEAVEN CAN WAn(PO) 10:30-12:45-3:00-5: 15-7:30-0:45 (Sorry, No Passes) UACINEMA AWHHam HoHenLH Grant DAMKN OMEN BIRI IPSO- 1O5-3:20-5:35-7:50-10:06 UACINEMA "NothinU Set m Thek Way!" 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(Sorry, No Passes) i CITY CINEMA AWaH Disney's Newastl CAT FROM OUTER SPACi(G) 1:00-4:35-8:10 THE SHAGGY D.A. 2:50-6:25-10:00 CITY CINEMA ABurt Reynolds ADom DeLulieTHE END(R) 2:30-6:15-0:55 THE LATE SHOW 12:45-4:26-6:10 MUMMM I U A TWIN Adorm Travolta Fdwita st (Vitikta AttMa Nawton-John Wmruaa GREASilPGI SOrBoliir 1:15-3:30-5:45-7:55-10:10 7M0W-13O5 (Sorry, No Passeal) UATWIN AGary Busev THE BUDDY HOUY STORY 3:05-7:40 ASylester SUHoneRod Stekjer IXS.T. 12:30-6:10-0:45 UACINEMA AWanOitney'sClissIc! WltmratrkUl THE JUNOU SOOKIOI W3-0644 12:40-3:45-6:56-10:06 HUGO TNI HTTP 2: 15-5:20-8:25 UACINEMA AJohn Travolta SATURDAY MGRT FEVERIR)12:45-4:55-9:05 "WlldCraiyHHarlousI" I.G1F. 2:55-7:05 UACINEMA AWalt Disney's Newastl CAT FROM OUTER SPACi(G) 12:46-4:26-6:05 THE SHAGGY 042:40-6:20-W OO UACINEMA ARyan O'NaalBruca Dern THE DRIVER! R)' 12:40-2:40-4:40-6:40-8:40-10:40 (Sorry, No Passes!) UA LINtMA "A Comedy Thriller!" S CaLPIaza AGoMen HawnChevy Chase S40-0694 FOUL PlAY(PG) 10-3:15-5:20-7:40-teOU (Sorry, No Passes!) UACINEMA AJohn Travolta A Omna Newton-John GtEASE(PG) 12:45-2:50-4:55-700-9:10 (Sorry No Passes!) Grease Is the Word!" OREASE(PG) 1:00-3: 15-5:20-7:30-46 (Sorry, No Passes!) UACINEMA mU WAIT IS WONDERFULLY inCOSENT- Fu:::iY, lyrically mmm mn ePTicisTic. it is A FAIiTASY THAT UOtS BEAUTIFULLY. IT IS A GEtl." Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times "OMEN BEATTY, WITH HELPERS BUCK HENRY AND ELAINE MAY, HAS BROUGHT THIS CHARMING FANTASY SO VIVIDLY TO LIFE IT'S AN IRRESISTIBLE MOVIE . THAT APPEALS TO THE CHILD IN ALL OF US. IT IS SO WELL DONE THAT THERE IS REAL MAGIC ON THE SCREEN." David Sheehan, CBS-TV "AN ALTOGETHER CHARMING FILM. BEATTY IS PERFECT. 'HEAVEN CAN WAIT' IS LIGHT AND FUN-AFFECT TONIC FOR A WARM SUMMER NIGHT." -Regis Philbin, ABC-TV "IT GLOWS WITH CHARM AND GAIETY. WHEN YOU LEAVE 'HEAVEN CAN Van", YOU'LL BE FEELING SKY-HIGH." -GeneShallt. NBC-TV "WHATEVER YOU DO THIS SUMMER, PLEASE RUN, DON'T WALK, TO WARREN BEATTY' S SUPERB HEAVEN CAN WAIT.'" Rona Barrett, ABC-TV "WARREN BEATTY 'S 'HEAVEN CAN WAIT' IS THE MOST DELIGHTFUL MOVIE THE YEAR HAS OFFERED!" David Arisen, Newsweek vP.A WARREN JULIE JAMES BEATTY CHRISTIE MASON CHARLES DYAN BUCK VINCENT - JACK GRODIN CANNON HENRY GARDENIA WARDEN as Max SCREENPLAY BY ELAINE MAY AND WARREN BEATTY PRODUCED BY WARREN BEATTY DIRECTED BY WARREN BEATTY AND BUCK HENRY MUSIC SCORED BY DAVE CRUSIN Read the Ballantine Paperback A PARAMOUNT PICTURE 1978 PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PG PAKNTAl CUIIMMX SUGGESTED 4 Itow MATram wi not at mjnmjtm emprnij IS! 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