Cinema: Punched Out


Directed by BUZZ KULIK Screenplay by BARRY BECKERMAN

Burt Reynolds must be the first actor ever to have been influenced by a television star. In Shamus he often seems to be doing Johnny Carson impressions, as if too many appearances on the Tonight show have left him with a chronic case of mimesis. "Healthy devil, aren't you?" he murmurs to a top-heavy ingenue, who promptly melts at his wit. 'Thought we might do a little skindiving," he suggests to a hat-check girl, who replies, "Bring your snorkel."

Reynolds not only sometimes sounds like Carson, with his voice full of curdled cuteness, but acts...

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