The setting is one anonyomous city block during a sweltering summer, where the residents - Italian and Jew, Swede and German and Irish - serve as representatives of the not-very-idealized American melting pot. There is idle chitchat...idle gossip...jealousy...racism...adultery...and, suddenly but not unexpectedly, a murder.
- Stars:Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr., Estelle Taylor, Beulah Bondi, David Landau, Matt McHugh, Russell Hopton, Greta Granstedt, Eleanor Wesselhoeft, Allen Fox, Nora Cecil, Margaret Robertson, Walter James, Max Montor, Walter Miller,
- Director:King Vidor,
Twenty-four hours elapse on the stoop of a Hell's Kitchen tenement as a microcosm of the American melting pot interacts with each other during a summer heatwave. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
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(it) wrote: Really good love story - way better than I expected
(jp) wrote: Peaceful family drama that draws you into the lives of pre and post civil rights family relations.
(fr) wrote: Very funny movie. Great acting. Funny scenes.
(de) wrote: This is definitely a movie that carries a weird "vibe" as Vaughn's character would describe it. The story is very real-world, and I enjoyed the soundtrack immensely. There was some stuff that I definitely wonder about its need, but overall it was enjoyable. Most likely not a film I would give a second viewing. From an artistic standpoint, it's an interesting piece. I kind of felt that it brought a certain amount of depression in places that I wasn't a fan of (I'm fully aware that it means they were really communicating Mike's feelings very well), and there was some stuff that was perfectly placed. An intriguing movie carrying an atmosphere that is pretty unique.
(de) wrote: Two hours of nothing. This film is about a family and some of them want to move and some don't and it is all told from the perspective of a character who doesn't exist.
(fr) wrote: Hailed as one of Jackie Chan's most notable films, Police Story sounded like a grand experience.Police Story is a combination of what fans have come to love about his films and also a step in a different direction for him. Rather than being your typical martial arts fare, Police Story shows Jackie Chan stepping into more conventional action film territory while bringing his distinctive flair along with him. It takes a while for the film to get into the swing of things because it takes a while for the story to wade through its serious material and establish the sense of humour it desires. Once it gets there audiences can sit back and enjoy the typical Jackie Chan fare in a different genre.Unlike many Jackie Chan films, Police Story actually has a plot to it. It's a conventional one nonetheless, but there is still the presence of an actual story and characters this time around. However, it isn't always that entertaining. The good thing about this is it allows Jackie Chan to play a character with greater dimension this time around, but this doesn't become relevant until the end of the film. Up until then it's the same comedic formula which means it's difficult to take him seriously at any other point. But this doesn't prevent the story from fretting over extensive periods of police procedural dialogue and subplots the entire time. There is obviously a greater narrative ambition in Police Story, but it all centres around one character and never goes anywhere. Police Story aims to have more dimensions than its narrative grasp will allow, and as a result the half-assed development ends up just complicating things a lot of the time. Part of the humour in Police Story seems to be the fact that the film takes an over-the-top satirical angle with the police procedural aspect of the story, as if to parody a television soap opera with its comedic melodrama. As a result, the film is ultimately weighed down by an excess of dialogue and slapstick. Jackie Chan's sense of humour and physical dedication to his performance is certainly rich in comical pacing, but the gimmicks can get tiring since they go on for so long. Police Story puts top priority on trying to tell a somewhat tedious story and cramming in as much humour as it can, ultimately forgetting that Jackie Chan's greatest skill lies in his roots as a martial artist. Police Story is a comedy first and a police drama second, but the action element of the film ends up being an afterthought.Even when the action does rear its head in Police Story, there aren't all that many fight scenes. Many of the action scenes just prove to be another front for the slapstick humour of the film. When everything in the film is so silly it becomes tiring and the action scenes prove to be among the few moments of relief from it all. But even then, Jackie Chan seems to insist on making them all into a joke. Police Story has a decent variety of action sequences and a director of photography who knows how to capture the action with a sense of visual grace, but Jackie Chan doesn't implement all that much into the film or ensure that it is taken to the full extent of its entertaining potential. Nevertheless, they still remain the most entertaining scenes in the film. The production values are high and Jackie Chan's choreography is rich and long-lasting, meaning that all the fight scenes end up being cool to look at. Of course, it's the director efforts of Jackie Chan on screen that really carry the film.Everything in Police Story falls upon the efforts of Jackie Chan. As the writer, director and star of the film, the man puts a lot of weight upon his own shoulders and makes the story heavily reliant on just how far he is willing to go. He really gives the role his all, but the success of it all depends largely upon how much audience members can end up tolerating all his silly antics at feature length. As a strong fan of his I appreciated all his ambitions and seemingly endless energy, but I also found a limit to how much I was able to enjoy his ridiculously silly antics. Police Story really pushes the limits on Jackie Chan's charms because it pushes him into delivering some of the most ridiculously slapstick he can come up with. Unfortunately, it doesn't always compensate for the shortage of action or the thin nature of the story. The highlight of his performance ultimately comes from towards the end of the film when "Kevin" Chan Ka-Kui ends up confronting his superintendent with the fact that he has never had experience the same threat as Kevin since earning promotion to a desk job. Jackie Chan lets all his emotions loose in this scene and delivers a sheer force of raw anger to his role. The comic tone of the film isn't completely absent, but it is heavily toned down at this moment so that audiences can appreciate the full extent of Jackie Chan's serious performance. The actor clearly has a lot more talent to him than just slapstick comedy and martial arts skills, and though most of Police Story fails to capitalize on this it is nevertheless worthy of appreciation during the moment in the end of the film. So in essence, Jackie Chan finds strong grounding with his dramatic talents at times just as he goes into overdrive with an excess of cheap slapstick humour at others. And he never forgets to kick plenty of ass when called upon to fight, so his performance is certainly memorable both for better and for worse.Police Story's success rests entirely on the shoulders of Jackie Chan's large ambitions; he maintains a strong eye for imagery and fight choreography and delivers a dedicated energetic performance to match it all, but the story ambitions exceed his narrative grasp and the abundance of slapstick comedy fails to compensate for the shortage of action.
(kr) wrote: This film takes Gene Roddenberry's Utopian vision and dashes it with cracks in self-interest of Federation personnel expertly. Heavy-handed Garden of Eden and Michael vs. Satan imagery work well. Christopher Lloyd defines Klingon treachery for a generation.
(ca) wrote: I've never seen such beautiful music interspersed with awesome cinematography, such as this. This film contains some of the most intense editing I've seen, especially in the first scene, I loved the actions and the development, it worked utterly well and the sequencing was perfect, the whole film felt epic more than scary.
(au) wrote: this is a half and half review of the movieit depends on how you want to look at it from a historical point of view in terms of how the 1970's saw African Americans in cinemaamong 'Shaft', 'Black Dynamite', and many others 'Claudine' had the right intentionsit wasn't well-received by the public when it came out but it did trythe movie itself I didn't find that bad to watch but I did pay attention to certain thingsthe film mainly deals with feminism and masculinity with both Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones in NYCit's a fascinating role reversal to have Claudine as the mother take up more of the responsibility since she has 6 kids and hoping for a husband to come along the way to make it easiershe appears to be more of the 'man' of the house taking care of her family, working to make ends meet and being concernedJones as Roop, the garbage man who takes a liking to her is dealing with a lot; he's much less of a man being insecure, "castrated" in a manner of speaking by having to deal with the fact of being a father, not making any money, having his employment terminatedit raises a lot of questions of who's more manly the black woman or black man, what makes a man truly a man, is one more masculine than the other, is stuff like money enough to consider manhood?the movie goes back and forth between the racial stereotypes trying to clearly define it allthe kids even get a lot of development in the midst of the Black Power Movement going onone feels invisible, one has shed his manhood and another has accepted the fact that black men have contributed a lot to societythe social commentary is there focusing on issues such as race, welfare, equal rights, masculinity, femininity which I admiredthe themes like family, marriage and the community is also addressedbut the focus is more on the two leads, their romance and deciding who's fit to say what they're identity isso you see it is a mixed bag because it's not a realistic portrayal of blacks in the time period but at the same time isn't Blaxploitation it's up to you to choose whether or not the film succeeds what it's doing
(it) wrote: Offbeat, worthy sequel in a desert of sequels . . .
(ag) wrote: Not bad for a mostly serious Elvis movie.
(br) wrote: I really enjoyed watching this movie at the UPP as I hat to for my Silver Arts Award and it was better than I expected it to be.