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People Top 5
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- October 03, 1977
- Vol. 8
- No. 14
Picks and Pans Main: Screen
Reach into your Southern California cliché bag and what do you get? This schmaltzy, overorchestrated concoction of freeways, aspiring starlets, recording studios and one-night stands. Writer/ producer/director Joe Brooks is best known for his slick advertising jingles (Pepsi-Cola, Dr. Pepper) and perhaps should be content with his residuals. But newcomer Didi Conn (Raggedy Ann's voice in the recent animated version) gives a delightfully unrestrained performance as a third-rate comedienne trying to make it as a singer-songwriter. A catchy title tune but the rest of this low-budget musical comedy is pure corn. If it's any indication, the winningest character is a clam. (PG)
Dennis (Easy Rider) Hopper may well be the worst American actor on the screen today—and this turkey more than matches his lack of talent. Bruno Ganz is persuaded to murder a total stranger in a Paris Metro station, but the reasons (and Hopper's presence) are as murky as the plot. Blame for this fiasco must rest with Wim Wenders, a fine German director who slips badly here, but why belabor the point: take a friend to lunch instead. (Unrated)
In this low-budget, oddly endearing attempt to cash in on the popularity of The Van, a trio of innocent-faced, foul-mouthed kids take off from California's San Fernando Valley for Alaska in a converted Pontiac hearse. What salvages the flick, produced by Bruce Cohn Curtis, great-nephew of Columbia mogul Harry Cohn, are finely tuned performances by four second-generation actors: Desi Arnaz Jr., Robert Carradine (another Carradine!), Tippi Hedren's daughter, Melanie Griffith, and Anne Lockhart, daughter of June. (R)
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