DIRTY MARY, CRAZY LARRY (director: John Hough; screenwriters: Leigh Chapman/Antonio Santean/from the novel “The Chase” Richard Unekis; cinematographer: Mike Margulies; editor: Christopher Holmes ; music: Jimmie Haskell; cast: Peter Fonda (Larry Rayder), Susan George (Mary), Vic Morrow (Franklin), Adam Rourke (Deke Sommers), Kenneth Tobey (Donahue), Eugene Daniels (Hank), Lynn Borden (Evelyn), Janear Hines (Millie), Roddy McDowall (George Stanton); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Norman T. Herman; Anchor Bay; 1970)
“I’d write this one off as a film wreck.”
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A wretched B road movie helmed without any particular skill by John Hough(“Sudden Terror”/”Treasure Island”/”Escape From Witch Mountain“). Writers Leigh Chapman and Antonio Santean adapt it from the novel “The Chase” by Richard Unekis.
A pair of under-achieving partners on the NASCAR circuit, the race driver Larry Rayder (Peter Fonda) and his mechanic Adam Rourke (Deke Sommers, rob $150,000 from a supermarket store manager, Stanton (Rodney McDowall), and use it to buy a top-line race car. On the California highways, the speeders draw the attention of a cop in a helicopter (Vic Morrow). On the road they pick up the slutty groupie Mary (Susan George) and in the slight story try to elude the police.
Filled with banal dialogue, great stunt riding sequences, beautiful shots of California scenery and Fonda still exploiting his Easy Rider image. I’d write this one off as a film wreck. It lacks plot or character development.
REVIEWED ON 2/18/2016 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: “Ozus’ World Movie Reviews”
© ALL RIGHTS RESERVED DENNIS SCHWARTZ