Rabbit, Run Film Details
Overview: A crude man is stuck in a loveless marriage. One day he decides to run away from his life and family. First he finds a mistress, but just because a man runs away from one disappointment, doesn’t mean he won’t run into another one.
Tagline: 3 months ago Rabbit Angstrom ran out to buy his wife cigarettes. He hasn’t come home yet.
Review: After I read Rabbit Run and Rabbit Redux, I wanted to see how many Updike novels had been made into movies. His writing does not seem cinematic. I was surprised to find that, in addition to The Witches of Eastwick, Rabbit Run had, in fact, been made into a movie. And starring one of the leading actors of the late 60’s, early 70s, James Caan, as well as Carrie Snodgrass, best known for Diary of a Mad Housewife. Also, in a major role, Jack Albertson, later renowned for Chico and the Man. Rabbit Run, the movie, is unfairly neglected. The central role of Harry Angstrom is fully realized by James Caan as a guy you sympathize with and despise. The events of Harry’s life are played out to suitably tacky late-60’s pop music, and filmed in John Updike’s hometown of Reading, Pa. Reading looks even sadder than Updike described it, but the gritty streets work well for the story. They are unpleasant and dangerous and claustrophobic, and if you were to live there, in this small industrial city walled in by high hills, you might feel like you’re trapped, like Rabbit was. James Caan was somewhat unique among actors of that time: I think of Dustin Hoffman and Elliot Gould as being the icons of the era, the not-really-handsome lovable Jewish schmos. James Caan is a Jewish schmo, but he’s also a hunk, with broad shoulders and a big chest and a seductive face. He’s conventionally sexy, and women fall for him easily, but he still is an outsider, he’s got issues, lots of issues, just like Dustin and Elliot. A super-schmo. There was one scene in the book, which I will NOT reveal here, that was harrowing and an amazing display of the author’s power with his pen. That scene translates frighteningly to the screen, although I thought the filmmakers could have gone much further in depicting the horror. If ever a remake is made, THAT scene should be full-out Grand-Guignol. It’s a satisfying flick, and it makes you long for the sequel that was never made. I read elsewhere that this film never even opened in New York, the studio thought so little of it. If the éminences grises of the Film Forum or Anthology Film Archives or Film Society of Lincoln Center are reading this, please consider reviving this film, and giving it a proper New York opening.
Duration: 94 min
Also known as: Uciekaj, króliku,Rabbit, Run,Nichts wie weg, Rabbit,Coniglio, non scappare,Кролик, беги,Fuss nyuszi, fuss,Um Homem em Fuga