Monday, January 30, 2017

The Christian Licorice Store (1971)

Director James Frawley gained my attention and interest for his involvement with two outstanding films: The Muppet Movie as well as the oddball U.S. filmed Western Kid Blue, starring Dennis Hopper, Warren Oates, and Peter Boyle. Prior to Kid Blue, Frawley directed this feature following a rising tennis star navigating life and games both on and off the court. The film's title The Christian Licorice Store is never mentioned or referenced in the film.

Beau Bridges stars as Los Angeles based budding tennis ace Franklin Cane with Maud Adams as his steady girlfriend. Allan Arbus and director Jean Renoir also appear as do many familiar faces in smaller roles. Lalo Schifrin delivers a soundtrack worthy of his storied reputation and Tim Buckley provides some songs too.

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