Cinema: Sunstroke


Directed and Written by THOMAS McGUANE

Right at the outset, a veteran charter fisherman, Nichol Dance (Warren Gates), threatens to kill his upstart competitor Tom Skelton (Peter Fonda). The remainder of 92 in the Shade is spent waiting for this inauspicious event to occur. Neither Dance nor Skelton pays any mind to fate or fortune, an attitude that makes for short suspense. This did not matter quite so much in Thomas McGuane's novel, which went heavy on atmosphere, but it pretty thoroughly confounds any movie adaptation, including, sad to say,...

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