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Pink Cadillac
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by Jack Sommersby

"Neither a Porsche Nor an Edsel"
3 stars

Released the same weekend as "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", it flopped big time at the box office, but it's the more enjoyable film considerably.

In the good-natured action-comedy Pink Cadillac, Clint Eastwood is an unbridled joy as Tommy Nowak, a Sacramento "skip tracer" (aka bounty hunter) who reluctantly becomes involved with his latest quarry: Lou Ann McGuinn (Bernadette Peters), the unhappy wife of a two-time-loser member of a white supremacist gang who unwittingly makes off with over two-hundred-thousand of their money. Nowak is determined at first to return her to jail (she was arrested in her trailer, where her husband, who wasn't home at the time, kept some counterfeit money ), but she appeals to his better nature to let her see her baby daughter whom she's dropped off at a friend's; the baby is then kidnapped by the gang, and Nowak finds himself determined to get her back. The main appeal of the film is Nowak's penchant for disguises (not a little bit borrowed from Chevy Chase's marvelous Fletch), which he employs to sneak up on bail jumpers: from a country-and-western DJ to a rodeo clown to a tobacco-chewing hick, Eastwood acts with a previously-untapped ingratiating looseness, and he throws himself into the assorted identities with aplomb. (I dare anyone not to bust a gut when Eastwood, decked out as a Reno lounge lizard with sunglasses, pencil-line mustache, and a horrifically glittering gold suit jacket, says into a mirror: "If my life were a movie, there'd be a sign on it saying, 'Caution: Some scenes too intense for younger viewers.'") And Peters, always an underrated comic actress, is the perfect counterpart. Nagging him, getting right up to his face and making long obnoxious kissing noises, she's the spunkiest co-star of Eastwood's since Genevieve Bujold in Tightrope. They get an agreeable Punch-and-Judy rhythm going, and whenever they're doing their thing the film is good fun. Unfortunately, it's overlong (two minutes over two hours) and switches back and forth between them and the white-supremacist subplot. Not only is the very existence of it innately unpleasant for what's supposed to be a lightweight comedy, but the lead villain is a wash (he's unremarkably played by an actor whose ponytail gives the better performance) and the scenes lack definition and tact (we keep hearing the gang telling each other -- or, more to the point, us -- what they're going to do before they do it). Enjoying Pink Cadillac is easy, though, just as long as one is inclined to disregard the non-Nowak/Lou Ann scenes and not expect any noteworthy touches from the mediocre Buddy Van Horn, a sometimes-stuntman, Eastwood-company lackey who's to directing what Paris Hilton is to tasteful fashion style; but for his willingness to get out of the way and let Eastwood and Peters do their thing, we're grateful.

Perfect entertainment for a rainy Saturday afternoon.

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9/27/07 mr.mike found it tolerable at the time 3 stars
6/07/06 Carolyn Rathburn not their best, but it was ok 4 stars
6/07/06 Ashley Hinz I thought it was funny, although it frightened me when I was little. 4 stars
6/07/06 btvs2678 One of Clint's best. I love, love, love this movie. 5 stars
4/15/06 R.W.Welch A mixed bag. Has an unfocused quality but gets by. 3 stars
1/16/06 Michael Weak ... nothing there 2 stars
9/09/04 Feliciano funny and very well done 5 stars
1/03/03 Jack Sommersby Overlong and underwhelming, but Eastwood is ingratiating. 3 stars
9/27/02 Tom Fleeman This is not Clint's style and it shows and he could do better than a Bernadette Peters. 2 stars
9/01/02 y2mckay Clint's alter-ego, Dirty Harry, should step out of the mirror and smack him around for this 1 stars
4/27/02 Butterbean A piece of shit. And it's frequently on local TV stations as "Today's Feature" 2 stars
5/19/00 tank Strictly for die hard Clint fans. 3 stars
4/23/99 mkitterman Just like Hang 'Em High, except in a cadillac.LAGO IS HELL> 1 stars
3/12/99 Ah Dooey Whatever happened to Clint Beastwood? (snicker) 1 stars
12/03/98 Lord Of The Dunce Clint and a cast of never-was no-names manage to make a completely boring flick. 1 stars
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