In 1977 Burt Reynolds
was on top of the Hollywood world, a bankable star whose popularity knew no bounds. In between his payday Smokey and the Bandit
vehicles, he tried working with directors Peter Bogdanovich
, Robert Aldrich
, Stanley Donen
… and with this film, the highly entertaining, somewhat unpredictable Michael Ritchie
. The adaptation of Dan Jenkins’ NFL
football book takes a left turn into social satire (or honest reportage), and centers on a romantic triangle with Jill Clayburgh
and Kris Kristofferson
. You might not remember all of its non- PC rough edges … which were already Sop for comedies of the ’70s.
Kl Studio Classics
1977 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date January 21, 2020 / available through Kino Lorber
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Preston
, Brian Dennehy
, Bert Convy
, Roger E. Mosley
, Lotte Lenya
, Richard Masur
, Carl Weathers
, Mary Jo Catlett
, Ron Silver
Cinematography: Charles Rosher Jr.
Film Editor: Richard A.