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Duffy

Duffy

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Director: Robert Parrish

Cast: James Coburn, James Mason, James Fox

     
 
In this caper comedy, Duffy (James Coburn) is a shaggy bohemian living in Tangiers who is approached for a less-than-legal business proposition by two half-brothers, carefree Stephane Calvert (James Fox) and stuffy businessman Antony Calvert (John Alderton). Though Stephane and Antony had different mothers, they share the same father, and they both hate him; Charles

Overview

In this caper comedy, Duffy (James Coburn) is a shaggy bohemian living in Tangiers who is approached for a less-than-legal business proposition by two half-brothers, carefree Stephane Calvert (James Fox) and stuffy businessman Antony Calvert (John Alderton). Though Stephane and Antony had different mothers, they share the same father, and they both hate him; Charles Calvert (James Mason) is a mean-spirited multi-millionaire who shows his sons little affection and isn't very interested in cutting them in for the family fortune. Charles plans to transport several million dollars in banknotes by ship from Tangiers to Marseilles, and the brothers want Duffy to help them liberate the money from the ship. While the Calvert Brothers are persuasive, Stephane's beautiful girlfriend Segolene (Suzannah York) is even more so, and Duffy finds that he not only wants to steal the cash from Charles, but the girl away from Stephane. Duffy was scripted by Donald Cammell, who gained a cult reputation for his first directorial effort, the Mick Jagger vehicle Performance.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Duffy is a disastrous little would-be-hip would-be comedy of the familiar caper mode. It certainly should be a much better film than it is, if for no other reason than because a good cast has been assembled to go through the paces. But the actors can't save a screenplay that is this annoying, and there's only so much they can do when under the direction (or, in this case at least, misdirection) of Robert Parrish. Duffy has a few things going for it. The locations, for example, are colorful and are well captured by Otto Heller's camera. There's also some entertainment value in observing how self-consciously Hollywood tried to be "hip" in this era, and how the results could be amusing, though not in an intentional manner. But Duffy is so dull at its best and so actively irritating at its worst that its small pleasures fade quickly. The screenplay is poor all the way through, but the biggest problem is Parrish's direction. It's self-conscious, pretentious and tedious and makes Duffy a real slog. The cast is good, but there's little that they can do. James Coburn has style, when Parrish gives him half a chance, but his innate flair is buried under the rubble of the film. James Mason and James Fox manage to find a few good moments, as does a luscious Susannah York, but none are able to make a real performance. Only John Alderton comes close -- which, under the circumstances, is quite an accomplishment.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2010
UPC:
0043396354869
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
37,752

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Coburn Duffy
James Mason Charles Calvert
James Fox Stefane
John Alderton Antony
Susannah York Segolene
Guy Deghy Capt. Schoeller
Carl Duering Bonivet
Tutte Lemkow Spaniard
Marne Maitland Abdul
Andre Maranne Inspector Garain
Steve Plytas Actor
Peter van Dissel Actor
Barry Shawzin Bakirgian
Julie Mendez Belly Dancer

Technical Credits
Robert Parrish Director
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Joe Brown Screenwriter
Donald Cammell Screenwriter
Ernie Freeman Score Composer,Songwriter
Philip Harrison Art Director
Otto Heller Cinematographer
David Kay Special Effects
Willy Kemplen Editor
Barry Mann Score Composer,Songwriter
Martin Manulis Producer
Patrick McLoughlin Set Decoration/Design
Peter Price Asst. Director
John Richardson Special Effects
Cynthia Weil Score Composer,Songwriter

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Duffy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mr_Robbo More than 1 year ago
Actually, this film is an outstanding caper film, in the old Hollywood tradition. That's why the ending  is so delicious.  All the performers are excellent. It's very hip, with a terrific jazz score. The script is outstanding, and is filled unique and exotic shenanigans in the first two thirds, and then an amazing and wholly unexpected denouement. The scenery is gorgeous, and the editing and cinematography are wonderful.  It carries off the kind of cool that Easy Rider had at times, without that film's pretensions. These characters are genuinely hip. Yes, the film was intended to be hip, and it carries if off very well. But mosyt important, it never loses sight of the fact that it is a very unique and fun Hollywood caper fun.