(aka 'An Exile')

Directed by John Frankenheimer
USA 1970

 

A married backwoods Tennessee sheriff (Peck) falls in love with a teenager (Weld) whose father is a moonshiner. The sheriff keeps quiet of the illegal whiskey production, making sure his men and federal agents stay clear of the still. When a deputy stumbles upon the liquor production and is killed, the sheriff is too smitten not to aid and become an accomplice. With a few of the earmarks of Frankenheimer the film follows a gentle, yet subtly building, pace. I fear there was a little too much production intrusion with Johnny Cash tunes popping up frequently - assuming, I suppose, his popularity might help ticket sales. Peck is his usual fabulous self, this time as a brooding, uncomfortable adulterer but overall the film doesn't seem to fill all the pieces of the puzzle quite adeptly. Luckily the performances carry the us through and Frankenheimer's still has a few tricks up his sleeve with a unsuspecting finale.

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: November 18th, 1970

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Distribution Sony Pictures - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:36:36 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.61 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None
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Studio: Sony Pictures

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Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

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DVD Release Date: March 7th, 2006

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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

Wow... can Sony get any more bare-bones than this? Not only devoid of their usual subtitles - I couldn't even bring up any menus of this DVD?!? The anamorphic image is progressive and relatively consistent but I would have thought a Peck and/or Frankenhemier film would have deserved a little more attention (maybe even just a trailer?). Best I can say is that the film kept my attention and the price sure is right. I assume there is some logic behind this release and the unrelated Joaquin Phoenix film with the similar name (Walk the Line) being released a week apart. Anyway, Peck and Frankenhemier fans should be content with the value/dollar ratio of this package.  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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