After recently watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Verdict, SHR and I decided to get this film from Netflix. She hadn't ever seen the whole thing and I don't recall seeing it since I first watched it with my dad sometime in the 80's.
I liked it as much as I remembered. SHR was a bit disappointed. I also talked to Mitch about this film recently and he isn't the biggest fan either.
Yes, it is a bit slow and yes it feels a bit dated, but Newman is great. As is George Kennedy. I also had forgotten that Harry Dean Stanton was in this. The eggs scene is as funny as I remembered and the classic "What we have here is a failure to communicate" stills packs a punch. The warden is awesome as is the evil overseer with the sunglasses.
Plus, I think I'm just a sucker for prison movies.
Just don't ever forget that the Man will get you in the end. People were so darn cynical in the late 60's.
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
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