Tue 13 Jan, 2004 10:23 am
As I walked over to the library today, I started thinking of two movies in which very talented performers are utterly wasted. Unfornately, I don't remember the name of either disaster.
One starred Sean Connery and Joann Woodward as (I think) a beatnik era poet in NYC and his wife. What a waste of two very capable performers.
The other was a big budget, highly touted movie starring the recently defected Mikhail Barishnykov. The climax of the movie featured Anne Bancroft and Shirley McLaine, rolling on the pavement in a parking lot, hitting each other with their purses. Wow! Were I to make a movie with two great acresses like Bancroft and McLaine, I'd make certain they whalloped each other with handbags! It's so interesting to watch!
What movies do you think wasted talent?
The Connery/Woodward film was A Fine Madness. I never saw it, but have read about it. Sounds like I didn't miss much.
The ballet film was The Turning Point. I loved it back in college (Baryshnikov was all the rage), and don't think I've seen it since.
I think there have been lots of films that wasted the talent of the actors - and quite a few where talent was lacking too! I'll come back and post when I think of some good examples...
Good work on the titles! A Fine Madness was singularly unmemorable. My only image is of a fire escape.
A film about the Korean War that was financed by
Rev. Moon starred Sir Laurence Olivier as General MacArthur. Now, thats wasted talent!!
Ishtar, Bonfire of the Vanities, Rock My World, with a very poorly used Peter O'Toole.
I stopped flipping channels the other day because I recognized Peter O'Toole, but not the movie. It was King Ralph. Talk about a waste.