The Bank Shot Film Details
Overview: A motley crew of criminals plans to rob a Los Angeles bank that’s temporarily located in a mobile home during renovations.
Review: Can you imagine if some brilliant producer in 1971 decided ‘Deliverance’ would be ‘better’ if they changed Ned Beatty’s character ‘Bobby’ to ‘Bobbi’ and cast Shelly Winters instead? And instead of going down a river in canoes they are going down the highway on motorcycles. And Bobbi’s big squeeee-eeel takes place in a canyon off the highway thru Monument Valley! Or Could you imagine some Hollywood suit in 1972 coming up with the brilliant changes for ‘The Exorcist’: They make Father Karras struggling with his sexual repression and sexual identity having to face his demons before he acts upon them! Change Regan’s character from a girl to a Scottish terrier, oh and, of course, get this: Change The Devil to Jesus Christ. ‘Bank Shot’ is a perfect example of what happens when novels are adapted to the screen…some ‘writer’ thinks they can improve a tried a true novel! Oh, here’s a brilliant Idea for ‘Good Fellas’! All the males are gay and they would substitute their acts of violence for acts of sex which is expressed rage at their fathers seed and for their fathers lack of affection and Love. The club they go to they attend in drag. Of course, all guns would be replaced with latex replicas of their manhood! The ‘Clown Scene’ would make it NC 17. ‘Bank Shot’ the novel has those lovable guys from ‘The Hot Rock’; Dortmunder, Kelp, Greenberg, Stan Murch and his ma! But, they turned it into a campy, I don’t know what. All the characters were so animated they didn’t resemble anything Donald E. Westlake wrote. As far as a movie goes They pretty much kept the plot of (going by the book) Dortmunder and Co. stealing the WHOLE bank! This is screwball enough because the bank is under construction and the temp bank is a trailer as in a Trailer Home. They put it on wheels and drive off with it. They paint it in a football stadium, then move it to a trailer park, where the neighbor’s sprinklers wash the wet the paint off…as the police are looking for the Bank! Having to move the trailer while (Kelp-the Locksmith) is trying to rack the safe with little success! They end up parking on the side of a desolate road on a hill and quickly making it look like a roadside café to provide coffee and donuts for the cops who are looking for the bank. George C.Scott does comedy very well, don’t get me wrong. And I am sure his character was funny…but I was expecting John Dortmunder, not this Ballentine guy who who rips off Donald E. Westlake’s immortal character John Dortmunder! Not my fav. Joanna Cassidy…how can ya NOT like the twinkle in her eyes right before she laughs! She jiggles when she laughs, ya know?! I just can n to help but laugh with her! She is contagious in this way! I believed her, at least that she was having fun! and now, 30 years later…be still my heart! She still twinkles and jiggles! and has become an accomplished actress! She does have a great body…of work! In closing, my final but philosophical pitch: 1972 Walter Hill and Sam Peckinpah adapted Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’. Sam Peckinpah would direct; Mr. Hill-AD. I would pick Dustin Hoffman to play ‘Duke’. I think George C. would have done a great job as ‘Dr. GonZo’ if ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ was made in 1974, instead of this corny camp. 1 star because of Joanne Cassidy! She is the ONLY reason worth watching this one.
Country: United States
Duration: 83 min
Genre: Comedy, Crime
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