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'Impasse'
(Burt Reynolds, Anne Francis, Miko Mayama, Lyle Bettger, et al / DVD / NR / (1969) 2011 / Warner Bros. Archive Collection)

Overview: Burt Reynolds plays an American who seeks the aid of four vets to find $3 million in gold hidden by the Japanese in the Philippines.

DVD Verdict: Burt Reynolds leads a group of vets, trying to find gold hidden on the island of Corregidor before WW II. Simple enough, Hollywood and Europe have made scores of these movies before 1968. So why did they screw up so badly on this one?!

First off Reynolds' girlfriend is the wife of his good friend who is essential to his plan. Another essential character gives racists and ugly Americans a bad name. And then there's the guy who has a bad heart. His daughter thinks he's dead so he has to sneak in to see her pro tennis game and he has a heart attack during the game. His daughter has a hippie fan who is stalking her.

The daughter takes in this really annoying cliché hippie and mothers her. A disreputable reporter convinces her her father is alive but he wants money and sex before he will give her the details. She karates him out the door and this all happened in act one.

In act two Reynolds learns the guy had a heart attack and disappeared. He falls for the daughter, Ann Francis and a lot of other character stuff happens and the young Burt Reynolds is the best actor in the group. In the entire 96 minute movie there's maybe 20 minutes of looking for the gold. AND ... yes, they get caught! Who thought this would sell?! (FYI - This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.) This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

Warner Archive Collection





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