Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974) 2.86/5 (4)


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Rating: The Good – 73
Genre: Action, Cult
Duration: 93 mins
Director: John Hough
Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Roarke

Cult classic in which bank robbers Larry (Peter Fonda), Mary (Susan George), and Deke (Adam Roark) attempt to escape Sheriff Vic Morrow’s jurisdiction as he runs the manhunt from his helicopter above. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry doesn’t feature as many chase scenes as Gone in 60 Seconds or Vanishing Point. Instead we see a more low-key game of cat-and-mouse involving brief chases and subsequent pit-stops where Larry (the driver) and Deke (the mechanic) share the same roles as they did during their previous racing career. This makes for a very unique chase movie which is more about the relationship between the three leads than the action which is still good but nowhere near the calibre of the aforementioned films. Fonda and George are a bit wooden in the title roles but the rest of the cast hit the right notes especially Roark who excels in the role as Larry’s reluctant sidekick. Ultimately, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry is a low key slice of counter culture, the type of movie that sprung up sporadically throughout the early to mid 70’s, focused on the rebellion of the disenfranchised, and in which form followed function. For that reason alone, it’s a genuinely interesting piece of movie history which quietly documents the sentiments of its time.

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