BEFORE: I'm up in Massachusetts for my annual trip to the Newport Chowderfest, an event which unfortunately suffered a dip in quality (or was it quantity?) last year. This year they moved it to a new location, at Fort Adams State Park, however our fears were founded, as once again the number of participating restaurants was less than the year before - so my interest in next year's event is now in question.
Jeff Bridges carries over from "Starman", for the last time. Any guesses who'll be carrying over into tomorrow's film?
THE PLOT: With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.
AFTER: A good follow-up to "Starman", because they're both road films in a way - Starman had to get from Wisconsin to Arizona, and here the two title characters have to drive up to Montana to find the money stolen from a robbery years ago. Only one problem - the place where the money is hidden, well, it ain't there no more.
Lightfoot (the "new kid" in the gang) has a simple solution - just repeat the original heist, only this time, don't hide the money. Like the characters in this film, I can't decide if that's the best idea ever, or the stupidest. Because the company that got ripped off before will never see it coming again - or will they?
While planning the 2nd robbery, to raise funds for supplies, the gang members need to take on various odd jobs - which raises a bit of a question, namely if they could raise money that way, why not just keep doing that? Because nothing's faster than bank robbery, I guess.
This is sort of a riff on "Bonnie and Clyde", only without a woman in the gang, it's more like "Clyde and Clyde" - it took a while for the pieces to come together, but in the end, I'll allow it. There were still some questionable items, like why did that guy have a raccoon in his car? And even more weird things in the trunk...
Also starring Clint Eastwood (last seen in "Play Misty For Me"), George Kennedy (last seen in "Charade"), Geoffrey Lewis (last seen in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"), Catherine Bach, with cameos from Gary Busey, Vic Tayback, Dub Taylor.
RATING: 4 out of 10 ice cream trucks