Cinema: Oil Slick

OKLAHOMA CRUDE

Directed by STANLEY KRAMER Screenplay by MARC NORMAN

Oklahoma Crude is a dry hole. Handsomely shot, with a textbookish attention to period details, it is the story of a foulmouthed female wildcatter (Faye Dunaway). Against the depredations of the big oil interests, she defends a well that she is convinced is worth a fortune. In this she is aided by a tough drifter (George C. Scott) and her gentle father (John Mills), and besieged by the senior tough on the gang trying to overrun her claim (Jack Palance).

Neither suspenseful nor novel enough in its action sequences to make it as an...

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