Boxcar Bertha

Boxcar Bertha

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus

     
 

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Boxcar Bertha was director Martin Scorsese's second feature-length film, and though it doesn't carry the emotional power or weight of Mean Streets (the film he would make the following year and which would set the artistic tone for many of his subsequent productions), there is still plenty to enjoy here, mainly Barbara Hershey's performance as the titleSee more details below

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Boxcar Bertha was director Martin Scorsese's second feature-length film, and though it doesn't carry the emotional power or weight of Mean Streets (the film he would make the following year and which would set the artistic tone for many of his subsequent productions), there is still plenty to enjoy here, mainly Barbara Hershey's performance as the title character. MGM Home Entertainment's disc is likewise worthwhile, offering up the low budget Roger Corman production with a very nice remastered transfer. The picture is consistently sharp and balanced and has been appropriately letterboxed (1.85:1 enhanced). The English mono soundtrack is unfortunately another matter -- there are frequent pops and poorly mixed scenes contained on it. But overall, it's nothing too bothersome. The disc also contains the film's original theatrical trailer, giving one a look at how the film looked before being cleaned up. Multiple subtitle options and a French language mono soundtrack are also available. A must for all Scorsese fans.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Hooking up with legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman as an avenue into the movie business, Martin Scorsese directed his second feature, and earned his Director's Guild card, with Boxcar Bertha (1972). One of a slew of late-'60s-early-'70s Bonnie and Clyde (1967) rip-offs, complete with a car chase and bloody climax, Boxcar Bertha manages to be a bit better than the usual exploitation movie while following the Corman edict to include nudity and violence at regular intervals without that much regard for story coherence. Though the central players were still finding their way as actors, Boxcar Bertha contains flashes of Scorsese's burgeoning directorial talent, from the jump-cut final shootout and expressive dolly shots, to the disturbing close-ups that signal a crucifixion. Though Boxcar Bertha did not exactly advance Scorsese's career at the box office, it did provoke John Cassavetes to admonish the young filmmaker to make movies that meant something; Scorsese responded by making his superb, highly personal Little Italy chronicle Mean Streets (1973).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
UPC:
0027616873972
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Hershey Bertha
David Carradine Bill Shelley
Barry Primus Rake Brown
Bernie Casey Von Morton
John Carradine H. Buckram Sartoris
Victor Argo McIver Brother
David R. Osterhout Mclver Brother
Harry Northrup Harvey Hall
Ann Morell Tillie
Marianne Dole Mrs. Mailer
Joe Reynolds Joe Dreft
"Chicken" Holleman Michael Powell
Grahame Pratt Emeric Pressburger
Gayne Rescher Brothel Client [uncredited]
Martin Scorsese Brothel Client

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
Julie Corman Producer
Roger Corman Producer
John William Corrington Screenwriter
Joyce Hooper Corrington Screenwriter
Buzz Feitshans Editor
Gib Guilbeau Score Composer
Don F. Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Thad Maxwell Score Composer
Bob Modes Costumes/Costume Designer
David Nichols Production Designer
Barbara Pokras Editor
Paul Rapp Asst. Director
Ryder Sound Services Inc. Sound/Sound Designer
John M. Stephens Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Daddy/Main Title [6:18]
2. The Union Man [5:44]
3. The Gambling Man [8:41]
4. Busting the Union [5:58]
5. Chain Gang [10:50]
6. Great Train Robbery [3:24]
7. Union Dues [6:14]
8. Holdup & Down [5:18]
9. "I Ain't a Quitter" [4:22]
10. A Formal Fundraiser [4:38]
11. Bill Gets Collected [6:38]
12. "A Place to Stay" [6:31]
13. Blues Club [2:44]
14. Reunion [4:38]
15. "Don't Take Him" [5:31]
16. End Credits [:31]

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