Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cinema Cycle - The Chase

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


DATE: 01/08/2015

TITLE: The Chase

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 18 minutes



SYNOPSIS: A delinquent inmate escapes from prison and returns to the small southern town where he grew up, igniting long simmering issues and exposing new ones among the towns folk.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: When a whole town lives a lie and covers it up with bravado, bigotry and alcohol, the end result is not pretty.

PROS AND CONS: Based on the credits alone, this should be a good film.  Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Angie Dickinson, Lillian Hellman (screenwriter), Sam Spiegel (producer), E.G. Marshall, Janice Rule, the list goes on and on.  While the film is not great, it is interesting to watch for the acting and dialogue alone.

Back in the day when Hollywood was trying to confront racism and bigotry of all kinds, films like this were the norm.  It shows the southern United States of the 1960s as a segregated, and bigoted society that was run by strong men that had money who bought and sold favors and political office.  

The escape of a favorite nar-do-well son from prison forces all of these issues out into the open with tragic results.  Brando shows his acting ability as do Fonda and Dickinson.  Redford, as the escapee only has a minor role in the overall scope of the film.  The climatic ending scene had me scratching my head regarding motive but it did not really matter.  The towns secrets had all been exposed by this point in time.  

This is a hidden treasure of the a film that surprisingly isn’t mentioned or seen much anymore.

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on

The summary of the project and a glimpse of what is coming up next can be found on my public LaserDisc spreadsheet.