Cinema: Brown and Beige


Directed by FRANK PERRY

Screenplay by THOMAS McGUANE

Rancho Deluxe is the sort of movie that aspires to being shocking and dangerous in a portrayal of contemporary life. It achieves some interesting images and some strong dramatic moments, but its good impulses are blunted by creative caution.

The anti-heroes are a kid on the run from middle-class respectability (Jeff Bridges) and his faithful half-breed companion (Sam Waterston), who seems, in his inarticulate way, to aspire to the free life enjoyed by his Indian ancestors. They begin the film as prankish, thoughtless one-cow-at-a-time...

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