Kazan's overwrought account of one mans midlife crisis stars Kirk Douglas as the advertising executive who drives his car under a truck, frustrated at the shallowness of the life he is living. He survives and sees the opportunity to readdress his situation, to confront his loveless marriage, to do something with the money he earns from conning people and to reclaim the moments he has missed while building his conventionally successful life. Kazan's direction is surprisingly uncomfortable, and the satire seems forced. Douglas is a great exponent of bruised machismo, though, and Dunaway is ravishing as the object of his affection.
Theatrical Release: November 18th, 1969
DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
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featurette "A New Lifestyle" (6:15)
Excellent dual-layered transfer by Warner - the image quality is at near perfection levels. Sharp, bright, decent colors, progressive and anamorphic in an impressive 2.35:1 ratio. Audio is clear and consistent - subtitles are only offered in English (Warner's new policy).
There is a kind of 'Making of' featurette - a scant 6 minutes showing some of the behind the scenes shot creation. There is also a trailer.
The film is a bit of a conundrum - I enjoyed it although I always felt something was lacking somewhere. Performances are interesting and it plays a bit like surrealism at times. The mid-life crisis angle shows a drastic turn and those keen on its psychological aspects may be intrigued - especially the realization of the folly of living a shallow existence. Anyway, I was entertained through the whole film and I recommend. It's not Kazan's best but it is surely worth a viewing.