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AL PACINO SPEEDING UP TO SLOW DOWN IN 'BOBBY DEERFIELD'

Year of Release: 1977 Rating: ***1/2
Not a race car movie, but one that centers on a famous driver... The man, BOBBY DEERFIELD, especially after a fatal accident by another driver in his car, simply doesn't care much for humanity or even his own family, and only gets a personality after meeting, and then traveling aimlessly with, a beautiful woman in a hospital...

In fact, his real turnaround occurs after discovering this mystery woman's deep, dark secret...

Thus the free-spirited confidence of Marthe Keller's personality makes sense after this revelation, as does the film: Which still meanders quite a bit, seeming more like a collection of lovely European snapshots than a flowing motion picture; this is Pacino's reposeful and torturous, romantic and melancholy, English-speaking Foreign Film. And you've heard of pretty boy actors having to prove their acting talents? Well for Pacino, this is the polar opposite. Though he does have some good dramatic moments... after all, he is Al Pacino. But it's Marthe Keller's movie. And doesn't she know it!
A film that seems full of hot air until it grows on you; "Who is BOBBY DEERFIELD?"
 "Oh yes, we have them there. They're all over the streets. We build them there. We have homo factories."
Meaningless Trivia: In Misery with Pacino's Godfather bro, James Caan, a Bobby Deerfield VHS can be seen in a store
"You spend your whole life trying not to die." Martha Keller as Lillian to Al Pacino as BOBBY DEERFIELD
"I don't want to look at myself when I talk to you." Marthe Keller to Al Pacino on his Bobby Deerfield shades
Bobby Deerfield costarring Marthe Keller could be a romantic melodramatic underrated motion picture, or...
Or an answer to sleeping pills... it's up to the viewer, and when they view it... But wake up, he's about to do a Mae West impression
This shot doesn't sum up Bobby Deerfield directed by Sydney Pollock, instead...
Al Pacino in BOBBY DEERFIELD from the limited edition Twilight Time Blu Ray
Anny Duperey and Al  Pacino in BOBBY DEERFIELD
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