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Grissom Gang
     

The Grissom Gang

Director: Robert Aldrich, Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante

Cast: Robert Aldrich, Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante

 

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Anchor Bay pulls out the stops for the uncomfortable The Grissom Gang. The film is presented in both 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen as well as a cropped pan-and-scan version. The widescreen version suffers from a lack of an anamorphic transfer, and often sports a washed-out look that is sometimes intrusive to the viewing. While the colors and black levels are

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Anchor Bay pulls out the stops for the uncomfortable The Grissom Gang. The film is presented in both 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen as well as a cropped pan-and-scan version. The widescreen version suffers from a lack of an anamorphic transfer, and often sports a washed-out look that is sometimes intrusive to the viewing. While the colors and black levels are generally clean and solid, overall Anchor Bay should have put a little more time and effort into this release. The soundtrack is featured in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono in English and is, not surprisingly, very flat and uninspired. Without any directional effects and a lack of fidelity or dynamic range, this sound mix is hovering at about the same level as the video transfer. However, the good news is that the mix is clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. No alternate soundtracks or subtitles are included on this disc. Fans of the film will be disappointed to find not a single solitary extra feature on this disc, making this edition of The Grissom Gang complete bare bones.The Grissom Gang is a remake of the notorious 1949 British melodrama No Orchids for Miss Blandish. Kim Darby plays a 1920s-era debutante who is kidnapped and held for ransom. Her captors are the Grissoms, a family comprised of sadists and morons, and headed by Ma Barker clone Irene Dailey. One of the Grissoms, played by Scott Wilson, takes a liking to his prisoner, which results in a bloody breakdown of the family unit. Both The Grissom Gang and the original No Orchids for Miss Blandish were inspired by the best-seller by James Hadley Chase, though neither film retains Chase's original ending.

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Of all the rural gangster films to come out in the wake of Bonnie and Clyde, this by far is the toughest and darkest. In other words, you have to have a thick skin to appreciate The Grissom Gang, but it offers plenty of rewards for the viewer tough enough to take it on. Leon Griffiths' script avoids romanticizing its subjects, instead hitting the viewer hard with a barrage of stylized brutality and dark humor. Director Robert Aldrich captures the gritty narrative in an inspired comic-book style whose visual hyperbole lives up to the wild storyline, and he also finds surprising moments of tenderness and humanity in this tale in the relationship between Barbara and Slim. The latter element adds a surprising emotional punch that other directors might have overlooked, and this aim is beautifully realized via a pair of excellent performances from Scott Wilson and Kim Darby. Wilson hits the right blend of scariness and vulnerability needed to make Slim a sympathetic villain, and Darby gives a carefully modulated, yet emotionally intense, performance in a difficult role that requires greater subtlety than any of the others. Wilson's and Darby's sterling efforts are nicely backed up by a great supporting cast who offer a variety of stylized turns. The best come from Irene Dailey as the ultimate domineering mother and Robert Lansing as a sardonic detective who turns out to be the film's moral conscience. In the end, The Grissom Gang's unusual mix of action, gallows humor, and tough-guy sentiment isn't for every viewer, but it's well worth a look for crime-movie enthusiasts and anyone interested in Robert Aldrich's finest work.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
UPC:
0013131120691
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:08:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1]; Full-frame presentation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Darby Barbara Blandish
Scott Wilson Slim Grissom
Tony Musante Eddie Hagen
Irene Dailey/Martin Donegan Ma Grissom
Robert Lansing Dave Fenner
Connie Stevens Anna Borg
Dick Miller Actor
Wesley Addy John P. Blandish
Joey Faye Doc
Raymond Guth Farmer
Don Keefer Woppy
John Steadman Old Man
Elliott Street Station Boy
Alex Wilson Jerry McGowan
Michael Baseleon Connor
Hal Baylor Chief McLaine
Alvin Hammer Sam
Dotts Johnson Johnny Hutchins
Mort Marshall Heinie
Ralph Waite Mace
Dave Willock Rocky
Matt Clark Bailey

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director,Producer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Walter Blake Associate Producer
Richard S. Church Sound/Sound Designer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Leon Griffiths Screenwriter
Malcolm Harding Asst. Director
Norma Koch Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Luciano Editor
William Morrison Asst. Director
Alex Romero Choreography
Frank J. Urioste Editor
James D. Vance Art Director

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