The Golden Boys (2008/Lionsgate DVD)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C Film: C
In a film
drama originally intended to have Peter Boyle before his passing,
Daniel Adams brought together David Carradine, Bruce Dern, Rip Torn, Charles
During and Mariel Hemmingway in The
Golden Boys (2008) only to see cast member Carradine pass before the film
reached home video. The adaptation of a
book by Joseph C. Lincoln is a period drama/comedy.
is a woman who has a home and if one of the three veteran fishermen can seduce
and marry her, the others will not be homeless.
The cast is good, the idea amusing and locations even work, but the
resulting film is unfortunately too light and uneven despite some good
performances. It is odd to watch with
Carradine (in what is not his last work) no longer with us, but as you watch,
you see what a good actor he could really be.
Even when the film falls flat, the actors, also including Julie Harris
and John Savage, make it bearable. For
the most interested viewers only.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image can be soft, but any stylizing is
limited. The look is not bad, but does
not feel totally authentic. The Dolby
Digital 5.1 mix is better than the Dolby 2.0 Stereo, but it is still dialogue-based
and only has so much going for it dynamically as expected. Extras include a trailer and retrospective
tribute to Carradine.
- Nicholas Sheffo