“I just had to get away for awhile.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that while “viewers brought up on movie heroines who stick by their men through thick and thin may point angry fingers at Knight,” “this is not Kramer vs. Kramer, where the woman is automatically guilty because her side of the story is never told.” Indeed, “Coppola is very sympathetic toward Knight, even when her actions cause others harm.” He is focused on showing “her immaturity, to show that she is correct in thinking she should have an abortion” — which becomes even more “clear when she picks up a brain-damaged hitchhiker [who is] a surrogate child.”
Peary asserts that “Knight is marvelous”, and names her Best Actress of the Year in his Alternate Oscars. He writes that “so much of what we learn about this woman comes not from the script, but from paying attention to the confidence level of her voice, the wetness of her eyes, or how strong or vulnerable her face is at a given moment;” she “properly plays her as a woman undergoing metamorphosis, hopefully for the better.”
Peary adds that “Robert Duvall also gives a standout performance as a highway cop who brings Knight back to his trailer one fateful rainy night,” and points out the “strong use of locales” and “fine [cinematography] by Bill Butler.”
Note: Be sure to look for “associate producer” George Lucas’s short film about the production of this movie, entitled “Filmmaker: A Diary By George Lucas,” which offers intriguing glimpses into the challenges of making a road film like this on a relatively small budget.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: