This has been one s’wonderful weekend. One final close to this Saturday involves two flicks, one of which I got out of the library (I know, you aren’t surprised).
Tony Rome is a private detective, played by Frank Sinatra. Rome is called on to take a drunken/passed-out girl back home. He doesn’t think much of it until two men appear on his boat that night requesting a pin. Fresh out of pins and clueless, he has two choices – take a bullet or be chloroformed. You guessed it, Rome went with the latter. What follows is a bewildering search for a phantom diamond pin. To complicate matters, Rome has three family members wishing to hire him, his boat ransacked, several people try to kill him, and his ex-partner’s murder (in Rome’s office no less) ‘pinned’ on him. How does he sort out all the puzzle pieces whilst not spilling his gin or getting killed? You’ll just have to watch it to find out.** (1967, Color, 110 minutes)
**A word of caution: This film is not for children. It lives up to the 60s police dramas. There is violence and the people who kick the bucket are shown. There is profanity throughout and drinking is in almost every scene. Also, Rome isn’t exactly detecting in the most wholesome parts of town, thus there are
several scenes, dialogue, and characters that would def. need to be passed by/edited.
*Major spoilers contained in description*
Lt. Bullitt (played by Steve McQueen) and his partner, Sgt. Delgetti (played by Don Gordon) are given orders to keep a witness alive so he can testify at an upcoming hearing. But when the man unlocks the door and lets hit men in his room, things get stressful. When the witness later dies at the hospital, McQueen and Gordon have their work cut out for them. After McQueen’s captain (played brilliantly by Simon Oakland), gives him free reign in the case, McQueen starts a search for the witness’s killers as well as buying time by making the dead witness disappear. Along the way he has to deal with low life politician Chalmers (played by Robert Vaughn), two professional hit men, and one memorable car chase that put his Mustang out of commission. Can Bullitt and his team find out who was behind the murder and fit the suspicious clues together? But look out, if you don’t keep up with the plot, your head just might be spinning when the closing credits roll.** (1968, Color)
**A word of caution: This film is not for children. There is significant violence throughout the film’s plot and when people are killed it’s pretty graphic. There are a few expletives (h*** and bs) and a few gratuitous scenes/props in the film (topless poster in background when Bullitt is getting info from an informant; Also Bullitt and girlfriend shown in bed together). It’s sad that things like that are included in films like this b/c they weren’t needed and could be easily edited out.
Film Fun Thoughts
Which actor played in both Tony Rome and Bullitt? *jepordy music begins in the background.* Give up? The actor who played in both of these films would be none other than *drum roll* Simon Oakland. He played the part of construction tycoon Rudy Kosterman in Tony Rome AND the part of Captain Bennet in Bullitt. He was great in both. You might have recognized him too because he played in a boat load of popular T.V. shows.
I do have to say that the car chase scene in Bullitt is best seen on a projector blown up on the wall. The first time I watched it, I was able to see it this way. At the place I watched it you could see the film from the person’s stairs. Let’s just say when it’s that big and you’re level with the picture, it feels like you are in that car right along with ’em!
Not to lessen the chase scene in Bullitt, but to just add interest, lol, if you watch carefully, several cars that are parked on the sides of the road are the same….and how many times did both Bullitt and the hit men pass that VW? Check it out next time you watch the film.
And as one final word of caution – watching these two films back to back could cause you to dream really stupid stuff. 😉
Until next time,