Heavy Traffic

Heavy Traffic

Director: Ralph Bakshi

Cast: Joseph Kaufmann, Beverly Hope Atkinson

     
 

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Heavy Traffic represents a follow-up to animator Ralph Bakshi's first feature film, Fritz the Cat (1972). The central character is Michael, the ingenuous son of an Italian father and Jewish mother. An aspiring cartoonist, Michael leaves home in a huff and outrages his family by conducting an affair with an African-American woman. Heavy Traffic wasSee more details below

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Heavy Traffic represents a follow-up to animator Ralph Bakshi's first feature film, Fritz the Cat (1972). The central character is Michael, the ingenuous son of an Italian father and Jewish mother. An aspiring cartoonist, Michael leaves home in a huff and outrages his family by conducting an affair with an African-American woman. Heavy Traffic was originally intended to be a cartoon adaptation of Hubert Selby's notorious novel Last Exit to Brooklyn, but negotiations fell through, and Bakshi was obliged to cook up a similar but not identical "mean streets" plotline. (Last Exit to Brooklyn was made as a live-action film in 1989.)

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Animator Ralph Bakshi's films tend to be somewhat frustrating. He is undeniably talented and his best work conveys a personal and idiosyncratic world view, but most of the screenplays (usually self-penned) are less than satisfying foundations upon which to base the films. Heavy Traffic is entertaining and a great time capsule back to 1973, but the story itself is no great shakes and the dialogue is at times painful. Were it a live-action rather than animated film, the screenplay would do it in, but fortunately Bakshi's bag of visual tricks serves to distract from the script's failings. There's also a genuine sense of urgency to the film, which gives it great energy and life; the scenes often come one on top of another, in a quick succession that doesn't give the viewer time to breathe. Bakshi's animation is as loose and sloppy as ever, which is a great part of its appeal. The milieu is especially sleazy and decadent, and he captures that atmosphere precisely. And even with the screenplay's drawbacks, there's an appeal to the main character that transcends his annoying qualities. Definitely not for young children, Heavy Traffic is odd and quirky and at times fascinating.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/2013
UPC:
0826663141375
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
R
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
23,962

Special Features

Audio commentary by director John Landis, writers Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and producer Robert K. Weiss; A conversation with David and Jerry Zucker: a feature-length interview with the co-creators of The Kentucky Fried Movie, Airplane! and The Naked Gun about their lives and career, from growing up and starting out in show business to their comedy influences and spoofing Midnight Cowboy; Original trailer; Original mono audio

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joseph Kaufmann Michael
Beverly Hope Atkinson Carole
Jim Bates Voice Only
Robert Easton Actor
Lillian Adams Rosa
Morton Lewis Voice Only
Jamie Farr Actor
Charles Gordone Voice Only
Michael Brandon Voice Only
John Bleifer Voice Only
Candy Candido Voice Only
Kim Hamilton Voice Only
Peter Hobbs Voice Only
Jay Lawrence Voice Only
Lee Weaver Voice Only
Helene Winston Voice Only
Frank de Kova Voice Only

Technical Credits
Ralph Bakshi Director,Screenwriter
Ted C. Bemiller Cinematographer
Ed Bogas Score Composer
Gregg Heschong Cinematographer
Steve Krantz Producer
Ray Shanklin Score Composer

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