Baggs Jr.: "Would you call yourself a "Champagne cocktail-sippin', cock-teasin',
downtown barroom whore"?
Maggie Paul: [bursting into tears] "Second generation!"
Deftly directed by Mark
Rydell, this poignant romantic drama features a stunning all-star cast that
includes James Caan, Marsha Mason, Eli Wallach, Burt Young, Sally Kirkland
and Dabney Coleman.
His ship docked in Seattle, Navy man John Baggs Jr. (Caan) has a "Cinderella Liberty" pass, meaning he can be out until midnight – so he intends to make the most of his evening. And things are clearly going his way when he "wins" call girl Maggie Paul (Mason) in a pool game. But once Baggs finds out that Maggie has an 11 year-old son and another baby on the way, he backs off – anxious to rid himself of complications he just can’t contend with. That is – until he falls in love.
Theatrical Release: December 18th, 1973
DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 6.92 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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|Audio||English (Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: Spanish (Mono)|
|Subtitles||English, French, Spanish, None|
by director Mark Rydell
The Fox transfer looks very true - extremely dark at times and no visible signs of digital manipulation. It is progressive and anamorphic in the original 2.35:1 ratio. There are no visible damage marks and the film's gritty appearance is very intentional. It offers well-rendered subtitles in English, French or Spanish and a Spanish DUB additional to the original English mono and stereo tracks supplied.
Rydell gives us a good commentary and details the lack of cooperation that the US Defense department gave and the methods that they utilized to circumvent it to procure naval equipment (like the ship in the first scene). His recollections of the film after, what he claims is, 25 years are quite good and he occasionally narrates but gives valuable details that only a director/producer could supply. He talks with genuine affection for the cast and crew. There is an un-restored vintage 10 minute featurette with Rydell on the locational shooting. An unusual addition is the optional isolated score and FX tracks which is kind of nice as some of the film's music is quite beautiful and touching. There are also photo galleries, a 50 second TV spot and a trailer.
I realize that critical reaction to this film was rather indifferent and I suppose you can't control the things that move you emotionally, but for me this film hit hard 30-odd years ago when I saw it as a boy... and hits hard today. Perhaps director Rydell just knows how to put a lump in my throat as I am also such a huge fan of his film 'The Cowboys'. Anyway, be aware that I recommend the film but many do not. The DVD is stacked and a great deal as far as I am concerned.