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Actors: Val Avery, George Dickerson, Jack Elam, Benson Fong, Joan Freeman
Directors: Don Siegel, Sam Peckinpah
Hide your chips and hold onto your husbands! Bette Midler "is pure stardust" (The Village Voice) as a saucy and seductive lounge singer seeking better fortunes in this irresistible black comedy that deals in big laughs! Co... more »
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Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 9/9/2013...
I will always wonder if Ken Wahl badmouthing Bette Midler about her acting in this movie may have hurt his career? I mean who is he anyway? This is such a fun and thoroughly enjoyable movie! Bette and Rip Torn make the ideal zany couple, at least until he gets killed in the shower. Watch for a great appearance by the unforgettable Jack Elam and some fun at the Vegas blackjack tables too.
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DVD Is MISSING the films Original Dolby Stereo Track!
movie man | Queens, ny United States | 01/15/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A note to all buyers of this DVD edition from MGM.
While the picture quality is better than the Vhs version and looks good but not great, the audio has a major problem.
This film was originally filmed with a Dolby Stereo 2.0 track but on this DVD the audio is just in 2.0 MONO!
The sound is horrible and flat."
It Has Its Moments
Brian Himes | 03/22/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I had to give this film three stars just because I have such a soft spot for it. Yes, it's bad. Yes, the plot is thin. Yes, the movie can't decide what it wants to be...black comedy, romantic comedy or drama with a murder twist. Yes, there was no chemistry between Wahl and Midler. Yes, there was tons of back stage fighting between Wahl, Midler and the director.
However, the film does have its good points. Hear me out. The second half of the film (after Rip Thorn commits suicide) is laugh out loud funny. The tumble weed scene still cracks me up. The look on Midler's face after the weed hit her is priceless. The scene with Miss Nina is always a gas. And the line Midler shouts at the insurance man is still one of my all time favorite Midler lines ever. "Talk to my a**! My head's had enough!"
The film had the potential to be a really good black comedy. I've always wondered just what happened with this film. Outside of the whole in fighting between the principles. Something just didn't translate from script to screen. This film had to look better on paper. I'd love to see some of the deleted scenes to see if there was someway to piece together the rather disjointed plot. Maybe in the future some one will dig those up.
Anyway, the film is worth one viewing just for the second half. Not recmended for the average viewer, but if you're a Bette fan like me, then this movie is a must see. If just to see if what everyone says about it is true."
JInxed by who?
G. A SENDEROFF | North Miami Beach, FL | 12/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bette Midler's plays a lounge singer in Reno who plots to kill her abusive boyfriend with the help of a befriended card-dealer, leading to a fun scavenger hunt for the man's hidden loot. There are some big laughs in this comedy, mostly due to Midler's hamming and wicked throwaway lines that established her career. Ken Wahl is a tepid stud, but Rip Torn is a hoot as Midler's scummy roommate. Overall, I don't understand why the critics did not like this film and have always referred to the movie's outcome by its own title, Jinxed!