The Whole Shootin' Match


Comedy / Drama

IMDb Rating 7.1


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109 min
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Reviewed by oparason 9

This low budget independent film, The Whole Shootin' Match, directed by the late Eagle Pennell is a film that portrays what many Texans consider the quintessential blue-collar Texan. The film is set around Austin, TX and is shot in black and white using actors/actresses from the region. This authentic feel pierces through to the audience and as someone from Austin the characters are the type of people I could consider friends and neighbors. It stars Sonny Carl Davis as Lloyd and his best friend and business partner Frank played by Lou Perryman. The two of them start up various small-time business ventures that inevitably flounder. This causes them to often find themselves out of work and broke, but they have a resolute belief in their abilities and a determination to succeed, and are convinced that one day Frank will invent the right product or service that will make them rich. In addition to his constant lack of work Frank has many other problems in his life. He has an alcoholic and his wife is being seduced by his cousin. He is also is an adultery and does not try to hide it. These problems caused several arguments between his wife Paulette, played by Doris Hargrave. Throughout the whole film there is one constant and powerful theme to the movie and it's the friendship between Frank and Lloyd that is mutually supportive, completely trusting, enduring and ultimately touching when Lloyd hits a low point in movie. The flaws in these two characters such as their stupidity and naivety lay at the heart for their one success to ultimately become a failure like all the other schemes to get rich. Overall the film is one about the strength of friendship and the perseverance to achieve one's goal no matter how far-flung they are.

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Reviewed by Danarella 6

This is a prime example of a film that would be good, if it had higher production value. The cast is suitable for their roles, but the screenplay could have used a little bit of help before production began and the director could have used a little bit of guidance with other aspects of production.<br/><br/>Sonny Carl Davis plays the main character, Frank. Frank has a few too many problems in his life. He can&#39;t hold down a job, and has lost money on some failed business ventures on more than one occasion. His wife is being seduced by his cousin. His son gets his bike stolen, and he can&#39;t afford to buy him a new one. To escape all of these pressures to be successful, he drinks. He and his best friend, Loyd, run off to local bars and flirt with the women. Davis does a great job of creating this estranged and desperate character that is lost and completely depressed. <br/><br/>Lou Perryman and Doris Hargrave are great as the supporting cast. Perryman plays Loyd, who gets caught up in all the failed business ventures with Frank. He is a nice guy who likes to invent things, but he is always just short of finding success. Hargrave plays Paulette, Frank&#39;s wife. I&#39;m most fascinated by her high-pitched voice and thick accent, but she also does a fine job in her thankless role. Her character does not have much depth which could be because the director, Eagle Pennell, did not know how to create a good role for a woman.<br/><br/>Overall, the film is an interesting independent film, but could&#39;ve been a little bit better.

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Reviewed by weatherl-josh 8

The Whole Shootin&#39; Match, a regional film set in Texas and the inspiration for the creation of the Sundance Film Festival, is a wonderful example of the power of a simple story when told by regional actors. Truly, that is the draw of this film; the fact that a viewer from Boston or New York could enjoy it is a testament to the power that regional differences hold when it comes to cinema.<br/><br/>The film&#39;s narrative, is very simply and has almost no major events to break it up; it almost feels like art cinema in the way that the film is not plot driven, but character driven.<br/><br/>The cinematography of the film is excellent, with shots that have a documentary feel to them and do not distract from the feeling that the viewer is simply viewing what some folks in Texas during the 70&#39;s were like.<br/><br/>While some argue that the main characters in the film are evil, or 1 dimensional, the characters are just good ole boys that are trying to make their way in life, though often failing in these attempts.<br/><br/>Overall, a great film, though particularly good if you are from Texas.

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