George Roy Hill Tom Milne - Essay

Tom Milne

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

When The Great Waldo Pepper opens with the now obligatory nostalgia of an evocative montage of period photographs, it looks as though one is in for another no-holds-barred assault on the box-office. As it turns out, George Roy Hill keeps his penchant for whimsy well under control, only once, and quite acceptably—the winning smile near the beginning which tells us that Waldo won't really be so mean-spirited as to fail to keep his promise of a free ride to the boy who has laboured all afternoon on his behalf—fringing the cuteness which marred Butch Cassidy and The Sting. [Roger] Corman's The Red Baron, of course, dug much deeper into the mystique of daredevilry and deathwish associated...

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