Picks and Pans Review: Sitting Ducks

updated 05/05/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/05/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Contributions are hereby solicited for the National Fund to Prevent Henry Jaglom from Making Another Movie. Since he won praise for helping edit Easy Rider, Jaglom has been struggling to make it as a director—no, make that auteur. His surrealistic A Safe Place (with Tuesday Weld and Orson Welles) and Tracks (with Dennis Hopper) sold very few tickets here, but did sell a few gullible critics and European moviegoers on his talent. With this quacker, however, he proves only one thing: A movie does not have to be expensive, flashy and filled with stars to be pretentious and boring. Jaglom's cast of second-line actors meanders through a listless, silly plot about two men who abscond with some Mob money. The single delight is Jaglom's wife, Patrice Townsend, charming and sexy in a well-scrubbed, wide-eyed way. She could be a substantial actress if she ever appears in a real movie. (R)

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