Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Meep Pic Of The Week: A beyond the bars double feature - Weeds (1987) & Fast-Walking (1982)
A De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG) Production
Original Theatrical Release Date: October 16th, 1987
Nick Nolte plays Lee, a man grasping for something beyond his life sentence in prison (the film opens with his suicide attempt) He eventually follows his passion and starts to write plays about prison life. They become so sensational it eventually leads to his release. He along with other ex-cons take their experimental theater production and tales of the slammer on the road and the film tracks their eventual hardships on the outside.
Director John D. Hancock (Let's Scare Jessica To Death) and star Nolte paint a truly vivid portrayal of the inside and outside of prison life... Weeds was sorely overlooked upon it's release and sadly a lack of a DVD release has relished the picture to mostly obscurity. A bold movie made by a daring, albeit short-lived studio (DEG) during the late 80's when other studios weren't taking as many chances. The excellent support cast includes: Lane Smith, William Forsythe, Ernie Hudson, Mark Rolston and Joe Mantegna.
A Lorimar Release
Original Theatrical Release Date: October 8th, 1982
Available: DVD (Warner Archives)
James Woods stars as a morally challenged prison guard who is offered a bunch of dough to help a black activist from getting out of prison... Unfortunately there's also a plan underway to kill the activist and Woods gets himself involved without a clear way out.
Directed with a real excess of grit by James B. Harris (The Bedford Incident, Cop) Fast-Walking is tough, sexy (Thanks to the ultra-hot and frequently naked Kay Lenz) and a real nail biter (There are some unexpected twists and turns here) A 70's minded movie released in 1982, FAST never really caught on other than getting some attention for Lenz's, ahem, body of work. Harris & Woods' 1988 effort COP is also very much worth a look.