release year: 1975
viewing setting: home DVD, 4/5/10 and 1/10/04
synopsis: An innocent man is thrown in a Mexican prison for 28 years, so his wife hires a carefree pilot to break him out.
impressions: This was a pretty laid-back Bronson action film. He never picked up or used a gun, and he was constantly cracking jokes and conning people. As is typical with movies from the 1970s, the mechanics behind the plot weren't always explained in a clear way, but this didn't slow the movie much.
things to watch for: At 1:32:24 a man meets a large propeller.
something this movie has that no other movie has: Randy Quaid disguised as a woman.
acting: This is a humorous, devil-may-care, half-con-man role for Bronson, and he pulls it off well. Robert Duvall shows very little as the innocent prisoner. Jill Ireland does a good job as the distraught wife. A young Randy Quaid, at perhaps his skinniest weight ever, is Bronson's sidekick. Sheree North (who came up in the 1950s as a potential successor to Marilyn Monroe) is eye candy as a slinky friend recruited to help with the jailbreak.
final word: Good humorous Bronson action movie.
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