Thompson's Last Run (1986 TV Movie)
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A niece, Kathleen York, stages an escape while Brimley and Mitchum are held up on a train near Dallas. After that it's a chase with a surprise ending.
It's a good drama, but it could have used a little more tightening up in the script. The niece's character is not well defined at all. Her motives for helping her uncle do this remain unclear. At one point we think it's because of a legendary stash that Mitchum was supposed to have hidden. Turns out to be another one of those urban legend rumors. Her actions here are a bit strange.
But Mitchum and Brimley are great, especially Mitchum. This is a perfect role for him. Bob Mitchum was one of the few Hollywood greats who actually served time in jail and I'm not talking about his few months in California for the marijuana bust in 1948. In his hobo youth he did some real time and he brings that knowledge to this role.
And he's not a whiner or a complainer about the life he's chosen, though he has regrets now. Especially seeing an old friend like Brimley disgraced on his last assignment with that escape.
Mitchum fans all over the world will like this as one of his better latter day roles.
It seems like everybody in every department on the film is trying to do the worst job possible - at one point the always inappropriate music sounds right for a quiet, suspenseful scene - in the middle of a gunfight / car chase!! Then, when information is being slowly typed up on a computer, the whole orchestra goes into full melodramatic swing! The camera-work is also appalling, surely they could have afforded steadicam!
The plot of the film must have looked good on paper - two old friends caught on opposing sides of the law, facing up to old age - but it is handled at a pedestrian pace. Now I am a big fan of Mitchum's - that's why I got this bargain bin DVD - but he looks as bored playing in this as you will watching it, although he still manages to be the only actor who creates a believable character. Wilford Brimley wouldn't even have convinced if he wasn't sharing most of his scenes with that damned overhead microphone! He has a serious charisma deficit and any emoting he may have been capable of is hidden behind the most ridiculous walrus moustache I've ever seen.
With slow pacing and ridiculous suspension of disbelief (they keep robbing safes and shouting and banging around and don't arouse suspicion? The entire crew missed the twenty minutes of screen time Mr. Microphone has?) this is one to stay well clear of. Listen to me. That's 94 minutes of mortality lost forever, and now all I have is this novelty state of the art frisbee!