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Jack Nicholson won Best Actor at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of Billy "Bad-Ass" Buddusky, a Navy lifer with both an anti-authoritarian streak and a need for structure — a sardonic, sarcastic walking contradiction. Tasked with transporting court-martialed sailor Meadows (Randy Quaid) from Virginia to the brig in New Hampshire, Nicholson and his partner "Mule" Mulhall (Otis Young) opt to take the scenic route, careening through a succession of misadventures at bars, brothels, hotels and motels along the way. Hal Ashby provided understated, sensitive direction; Robert Towne earned an Oscar® nomination for his foul-mouthed and salaciously funny screenplay. DIR Hal Ashby; SCR Robert Towne, from the novel by Darryl Ponicsan; PROD Gerald Ayres. U.S., 1973, color, 104 min. RATED R

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104 Minutes
Comedy-drama
Saturday, August 24, 2019