A Few Words About A few words about...™ Cattle Annie & Little Britches - in Blu-ray

Robert Harris

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Based upon the novel by Robert Ward, who used actual characters toward "my personal interpretation of our oldest romantic legends, one which, despite all or progress, live on in the hearts of most Americans."

Occurring at the end of the era that we would consider the "old west," producers Alan King (yes, that Alan King) and Rupert Hitzik (Wolfen) gathered a band of noble thespians, and created a fun, and extremely colorful western comedy.

New to the cinema, but certainly not to acting, Amanda Plummer is Annie, and Diane Lane is Little Britches.

With a bit of support from Burt Lancaster and Rod Steiger.

Two teenage girls with fantasies of the west, a group of over the hill outlaws...

A fun film, that possibly could have been far better.

Released in April of 1981, but filed almost two years previous, it was not a film without problems.

John Wayne, who was originally set for the Lancaster role, passed away while the company was shooting on his ranch in Mexico. Mr. Lancaster was also ill during filming. It would be his final western.

Cattle Annie is an interesting film, and definitely an oddity, arriving after westerns were no longer "in" entertainment, and especially in light of films such as Wild Bunch.

The new Blu-ray from Kino is lovely, with nary a problem in sight.

Image - 5

Audio - 5

Pass / Fail - Pass

Upgrade from DVD - I'm unaware of a domestic DVD release

RAH
 

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