Picks and Pans Review: Biography: the Hustons
John Huston led a mighty full life. He directed The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen and nearly 40 more movies. He wrote or acted in numerous others. He had five wives and five children, and he called three countries home. It's hard to keep it all straight in this two-hour Biography, particularly because John Huston, who died in 1987, is only part of the story. The Hustons: Hollywood's Maverick Dynasty also tries to cover the careers of John's father, actor Walter Huston, and his actress daughter Anjelica. The documentary is packed with clips and colorful anecdotes (from big-name interviewees such as Paul Newman and Michael Caine, as well as Huston's sons Tony and Danny), but the producers should have narrowed its focus and confined Walter and Anjelica to supporting roles.
Bottom Line: A family album that's too much for one sitting