Picks and Pans Review: Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend

updated 11/06/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/06/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

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Yup. Gary Cooper was a man of few words but also one of the most talented actors ever, as evidenced by such movies as High Noon, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and Pride of the Yankees. This nicely directed (by TIME movie critic Richard Schickel) documentary examines what made Cooper such a strong screen presence throughout his 102-film career. Some of Schickel's writing borders on the a-bit-much ("We saw in his face, the face of all America"), but the lines are delivered with appropriate style by host Clint Eastwood, Cooper's equal when it comes to making every word count.

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