The Art of Cinema #62


Hatari!
(Howard Hawks; 1962)

3 comments:

swac said...

Speaking of The Duke, did anyone notice that box set that Warner Bros. snuck out on the sly? I hadn't heard anything about it, until I spotted it in a store on the weekend...Blood Alley, McQ, The Train Robbers, The Sea Chase and Tall in the Saddle...all for under $50 CDN (Hell, it's just over $40 at Amazon.ca)! I haven't seen any of these flicks (I've always been curious about McQ) and I figure it's worth it for the watch. Any thoughts?

Tom Sutpen said...

Sorry I didn't see this till now, Stephen. I generally like all of those films (especially "The Train Robbers", which I think is one of Wayne's best later films), and it's a box-set I'd plump down for certainly (though I think I could program a better one).

As for "McQ", so long as you realize that it's an instance of Wayne trying to force that old, brawling, James Edward Grant model into what is essentially a "Dirty Harry" knock-off (with a scene where Duke socks some Peace creeps in the puss, just to show that he hasn't left his old convictions behind, I'm guessing), it's a pretty entertaining film all in all. "Brannigan" was better, but this one is perfectly benign.

swac said...

I'd heard good things about The Train Robbers, and McQ always seemed like a Dirty Harry pastiche, but what's wrong with that?

Too bad they didn't include a special edition of The Green Berets...