To tell the truth, I didn’t expect this film to be a good one, I thought it’s the same cowboy-dirtyharry-macho kind that was his mainstream at the time; and I’m glad I was wrong about it (of course, first suspicions occurred at the stage of reading the summary). This film doesn’t include Eastwood as an actor (probably his first of that kind), and doesn’t tell a usual Eastwood story, but a story about love instead.
I think there were certain longueurs, moments that could have been a little shorter, although I’m not sure 100% that it wasn’t a splash of my mood (I’m in a pretty dark place right now, and sometimes it shows itself). Rather, these were merely the elements of the 1970s cinema style – I would probably have to see it once more to brush the doubts aside. Either way, this is a minor thing, not exactly important – the film is wonderful in spite of it. The story is very simple (which not at all is a drawback), and the characters – the thing that actually lights up the whole movie – are amazing, and particularly Breezy is adorable. I have a friend that is very much like Breezy. She just lives in different circumstances. Anyway, if you’re in the mood for good, dense, rich drama, this movie is a way to go.
First released: 1973
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Written by: Jo Heims
Filmed by: Frank Stanley
Actors: William Holden, Kay Lenz, Roger C. Carmel, Marj Dusay, Joan Hotchkis, Jamie Smith-Jackson, Norman Bartold, Lynn Borden, Shelley Morrison, Dennis Olivieri, Eugene Peterson
Personal rating: 5- out of 5