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Review of Boxcar Bertha
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An average movie

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Since it was the last movie made by Martin Scorsese which I hadn't see it yet, I was definitely eager to check this flick. It is really unfortunate that it ended up being one of his weakest movies. Indeed, after making his directing debut, 'I call first', Scorsese did struggle to make something else and, after 5 years, he finally manage to make this flick. Basically, it is a typical exploitation feature from the 70's produced by Roger Corman, and as a result, the story was pretty weak but it is definitely inherent to the genre. I mean, it is not that it was really bad but you can feel that Scorsese was still searching himself. Still, there were here and there some very nice scenes and Barbara Hershey gave a very refreshing performance with her contagious smile. It is said that after watching this, John Cassavetes told Scorsese that he was way too talented to waste his talent with this kind of movies. A year later, Scorsese would make 'Mean Streets' and the rest is just history. To conclude, it is obviously a minor Scorsese but it is far from being a bad movie and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Scorsese's work.

Added by johanlefourbe 2 years ago
on 15 September 2012 17:46

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