|Jeff Bridges in Bad Company|
|Jeff Bridges as Jake Rumsey|
Bad Company is a movie that has dropped off the radar a bit, but is definitely worth revisiting, not only as a reflection on the career of Jeff Bridges, who seems to have nearly reached guru-like status over the past few years, but for some indelible scene work, beautifully shot and acted. The film was impeccably photographed by Gordon Willis, whose credits include two small films that sandwich Bad Company in his filmography, The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), perhaps another reason why Bad Company was lost in the shuffle. Of course, it may also have something to do with the writer/director of the film, Robert Benton, having previously penned the picture that nearly began the Hollywood Renaissance, Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (1967).
|Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde|
|Joshua Hill Lewis, Barry Brown, Jerry Houser, and Geoffrey Lewis|
in Bad Company
|Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo|
|Jeff Bridges and Barry Brown in Bad Company|
|David Lean's Oliver Twist|
Although I wasn't aware of it in my initial viewing, I should also throw in that the film's characters are loosely based on the characters in Oliver Twist--yet another lens through which to revisit this lost gem.
Director/writer Robert Benton would go on to write the first Superman movie, and direct Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Places in the Heart (1984), and (with Bridges, again) Nadine (1987).