Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Mark Rydell. 1973. 117 mins. 35mm. With James Caan, Marsha Mason, Kirk Calloway, Eli Wallach, Burt Young, Bruno Kirby, Dabney Coleman. An overlooked gem from Hollywood’s 1970s heyday, James Caan plays Baggs, a sailor marooned in Seattle on extended shore leave when his records are lost amid a ship transfer. After hustling each other in a pool hall, he falls for Maggie (Marsha Mason), a brassy part-time working girl who lives with her precious young son. Seemingly by compulsion, Baggs begins to play surrogate father and overprotective partner, even as Maggie’s life and psyche start to unravel. Mason received an Academy Award nomination for her performance, but no less impressive is Caan as a man too long at sea suddenly determined to drop anchor and manufacture some measure of permanence. Shot by the great Vilmos Zsigmond and featuring an Oscar-nominated early score by John Williams.
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