George Roy Hill John Coleman - Essay

John Coleman

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

He may never make the auteur circuit (something devoutly to be wished), but George Roy Hill is a director to be reckoned with, a clever fellow capable of fluffing up the thinnest stuff into a plausible tangle, a kind of cinematic back-combing, for amusement—Period of Adjustment (1963), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)—and, better yet, totally alert to the potential of a really useful script. His Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid latched on to the mostly excellent words of William Goldman: his The Sting neatly repays its debt to a script of unusual brevity, wit and purpose by David S. Ward. You could say that Mr Hill has gone Butch again, engaging the same charmers—Paul...

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