Courtesy of IMDB:
You know that misleading studio publicity that Tatia mentions above? This reviewer is struggling mightily to make it fit -- Hickey & Boggs
as Scotty and Kelly redux. And of course that would be fun, lighthearted, pop-culture icon Scotty and Kelly, not the darker sometimes disturbing version the Kit MacFarlane conjures in his excellent essay (and thanks Tatia for linking to that again -- I always enjoy reading it, it's so spot-on). But, hey, he overall does seem to like the movie (like many others he blames its shortfalls -- the stuff he expected to see but didn't -- on the story), he says it's a good transfer (hooray!) and it's one more place for word about the DVD to get out there. I too would love a Bill Cosby audio commentary; I think the reviewer severely underrates the sharpness of Cosby's memory. Of course I would rather a Bill and Bob commentary, but, alas... I do kind of wonder what Bill thinks about it, beyond his comment in Cushman (and I'm trying to remember if it was Bill or Bob who reported that).
Jonathan, thanks for the great retro-review, by the way. I can readily understand how the sometimes obscure twists and turns of the plot posed absolutely no problem to you and your friends' enjoyment of the film. Plus all those bullet holes and the one big blood splat in a nearly bloodless film clearly achieved their intended effect! The horse's head is still the only thing I remember from The Godfather
; my brothers wouldn't shut up about (or stop re-enacting) Sonny getting shot up at the toll booth. We find our own pleasures in movies (or not -- I've never rewatched The Godfather
and never intend to, ever. I don't care if it's a classic). Sometimes that plot and characterization stuff is way overrated.
As to what is missing from Hickey & Boggs
? Cool song. I finally watched Shaft
on DVD last year and they had me at the first note. The movie itself isn't so good, but I could watch the opening sequence every day for the rest of my life. The theme from Shaft
was on heavy rotation on the Top 40 station I listened to the whole summer that the film came out. Not that that actually made much difference for me -- Dad was still picking the films and he preferred comedies, historical films and WWII action pics (which I guess were supposed to be historical, sort of). I remember seeing the poster for Hickey & Boggs
as a coming attraction at our local theater -- someone said "It's the I Spy guys" but that didn't mean anything to me at the time -- and there were some commercials on the Top 40 station at some point and then they stopped an the world moved on. It needed a cool song. Cool songs are forever.