Monday, August 16, 2010

1956 - RUN FOR THE SUN, remake of a story that has been remade about 30 times

The basic situation of the big game hunter tired with hunting animals and now trapping humans as game has been remade a lot starting with The Most Dangerous Game and currently the 2010 release of  Predators.  Even an episode of Gilligan's Island used this plot line. 

This version was shot on location in Mexico and features every one's favorite movie villains, the Nazis. 

This is a very good thoughtful remake.  The screenplay is by Dudley Nichols, who was an old Hollywood professional when it came to putting together something with entertainment and substance.

Richard Widmark was always Mr Intense in his films and he doesn't disappoint here basically playing Ernest Hemingway if Hemingway were to get stuck in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of Nazis trying to kill him.  Jane Greer who played femme fatales when she was a teenager in the 1940's is the love interest.  Trevor Howard is cleverly cast as a traitorous Englishman hiding out in Mexico.  The film is directed by Roy Boulting who was usually known for directing comedies.  Everyone's on top of their game for this film. 

The film comes in at a tight 90 minutes with strong emphasis on characters and story situations along with the action scenes.

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