Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 23, 1976 · Page 117
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May 23, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 117

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'Missouri Breaks 9 mixes comedy, violence By Junei F. Dent "THE MISSOURI BREAKS," Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson. Plmia Eait. * * * The Missouri Breaks, a fairly conventional, if terribly gory, Western stars Jack Nicholson as your friendly, neighborhood horse thief and a monstrously fat Marlon Brando as the weird and very bloodthirsty bounty hunter who is chasing him. Nicholson and his gang (Randy Quaid, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton and John Ryan) are depicted as a bunch of Good Old Boys who happily rustle cattle and steal horses but shy away from the more violent crimes. "You rob a bank," Nicholson points out, "and you've got detectives after you and after that, boys, it's all down hill." The gang is reduced to train robbery at one point and they prove almost as inept at it as were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. *· Tii e Missouri Breaks is a Strange mixture of slapstick comedy and bloody violence with some large dollops of overwrought (and overwritten) dialogue by Thomas McGuane. There is a commendable attempt at versimilitude in showing Film Review the raw, dirty life of the western frontier at the close of the last century -- a raunchy house of ill fame, a muddy mining town, ragged, filthy cowboys -- but someone involved in the making of the film has a strange interest in outdoor toilets. These conveniences, popularized by Chic Sale, show up time and time again on the screen and one member of Nicholson's gang is blown away while using one. Nicholson appears more subdued in this movie than in any of his other recent films. It may be that he was awed by the strange performance of his co-star. As I said, Brando appears to weigh almost as much as the horse he rides in the film and he plays the greater part of his role in an Irish accent. This, however, totally disappears at times. And at one point, while preparing to kill another member of the Nicholson bunch in a particu- larly nasty manner, for no good reason at all Brando dresses up like a woman. Brando's character is supposed to be a whacko. He makes his first appearance hiding behind his horse and, shortly after that jerks a corpse out of its ice-packed coffin while raving against the coddling of criminals. He douses himself in lilac smelling toilet water and is an amateur bird watcher. Other members of a very good cast include John McLiam as the self righteous rancher who starts the action when he hangs one of Nicholson's boys without a trial. There's a Freudian relationship hinted at between McLiam and his daughter (Kathleen Lloyd) who surrenders her virginity and everything else to Nicholson. The mountainous Montana scenery in The Missouri Breaki is breathtaking beautiful when the camera pauses long enough to linger on it. The movie is, at times, hilariously funny although it finally ends in near sickening gore. But it is difficult, really, to see what attracted such million dollar stars as Nicholson and Brando to what is really not much more than a John Wayne oater. By the way, if you're thinking about taking the kids with you to see this one, be advised that (1) while there's no nudity, the sex scenes are fairly specific; (2) the language is earthy,.to say the least; and (3) it is very, very violent -Sam Peckinpah violent. OPEN SUNDAY Ml P.M. NEW LONGER HOURS SMMY1PJLT011ML ADAM EVE ADULT ENTERTAINMENT CENTER FEATURING ADULT BOOKS-MAGAZINES FILMS-NOVELTIES AIR CONDITIONED UUTED-MS'/i KNUNMBIVD.,L 4 ton E«l t» CifM Shift ENlAM.LTD. xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx-xx Alllll T BISCMINT ft AUUL I IOOKSTOK 5 IOOKSTOK ADULT FUNS-PEEP SHOWS BOOKS-MAGS-MARITAL M)S Question Box KIP'S DISCOUNT g 184 SUMMERS ST., PH. 342-42(2 » £ »j«lii,M.lM;Ti.lM,nn.U.lMM. Sxx-xxxx-xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx- xxx- xxx- x THE ONLY AREA APPEARANCE OF JON ANDERSON. STEVE HCWE. PATRICK MOSAZ. CHRIS SQUIRE, ALAN WHITE IN ASSOCIATION WITH WKAZ SUNDAY MAY 30,8 P.M. TICKETS ON SALE NOW SPECIAL GUESTS POUSETTE-DART BAND . NEWEST LARGEST PRODUCTION EVER. WITH STEREO SOUND AND . REVOLUTIONARY NEW LIGHTING SHOW FESTIVAL SEATING $4.00 LIMITED ADVANCE PLU5OUILETERVICECHARGE CIVIC CENTER BOX OFFICE AND ALL ENTAM TICKET OUTLETS Q.--The best actress on TV is Mary Tyler Moore, but who told her she could sing and dance? Her TV special was from hunger. I had *to tight my husband all the way in order to see it to the end; but in the final analysis, I agreed with him - . . . it stunk.-Mrs. T. H;, New Haven, Conn. , . A.--Yours is one of the first letters our mailbox has received about the recent "Mary Tyler Moore Special" so we can't judge how others,felt about it. I, personally, thought the show was overproduced and didn't showcase Mary Tyler Moore in a very flattering light. She seems best suited to the situation comedy format in which her special comedic talents can be best used. VIRGINIAN Q.--Was Pat Boone ever married to Shirley Jones, who starred as the mother in "The Partridge Family?"-Mrs. 0. B., Pittsburgh, Pa. A.^Pat Boone has been married only to his own Shirley and not Ms. Jones. Shirley Jones and Pat Boone co-starred in a movie some years back titled April Love, the 1957 musical romance is shown on TV. YES C/0 6NTAM. UD.' BEYNOLDS STREET CHARLESTON W. VA. 2 J30I CALL 348-SOTO fOK INFOHMAflON 15THWEEK! WORLD PREMIERE! ONE STEALS. ONE KILLS. ONEDIES. HOLLYWOOD CINEMA 1001 Qmrrifr St. ML 346.0041 Eicbtne Uniting XXX RATED Lifts Vi Met 2:30,4:50,7:30,10:00 70S Lea Street/343-1125 HELD OVER! SEE AT ROJfORD HOFFMAN mM PRESCENTS IPf CINEMA I ''THE MISSOURI BREAKS" 2:OO 4:30 7:10 $:35 CINEMA II "ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST" 2:OO 4:30 7:10 9:35 BetwemMormetiCheiQpeake I^THE MISSOURI LASTLY! 882** 2nTfs! EARS Friday'-- Sat. Midnite Movie "Freehand the Bean" Alan Arhin and James Caan GATES OPEN «TS:N "* SEE "HOT MTUTO" JT.WS, HWLQNtRAfiWr* ..,AfnnjRf£NNn,'"rHEMtSSOURI'IREAKS~iuMi,ARnVR'PEliN CHARLESTON. W.VA. .

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