THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE (1970)










#49 is the (finally out on DVD) extremely obscure and existential Figures in a Landscape. Robert Shaw and Malcolm McDowell are two seemingly escaped prisoners on the run from a helicopter with their hands tied in the middle of nowhere. We never find out what they did, why they are running or even what country they are in (it seems to be an undisclosed Latin American country). They just run and steal guns and food and flee from the ever present copter and, eventually, troop...s on foot. It reminds one of the early Spielberg film Duel, with Dennis Weaver being chased by the truck whose driver we never see. Except these guys take a LOT more action against their mysterious pursuer. Shaw also wrote the screenplay and reminds one of his Quint in Jaws that he would play much later. McDowell plays the wimpish one who won't split up and go his own way because he's lonely (!). This is tough to recommend because while the action is good when it occurs, there are a lot of moments where they are just the aforementioned figures in a landscape. Interesting, with some amazing camera shots from the copter. It's clear both stars put themselves in harm's way making this film.

TLA one-word review: minimalist