The most underrated movie of all time
I'm sure I've written something here about this movie some time ago. Every once in a while, usually late at night I'll watch it again. I first saw it when it was new and I was young. I not only consider it the most underrated movie of all time, but the most realistic. It has won critical acclaim, (3 awards at the Mar del Plata Film Festival in 1968 and 1 in Spain in 1970) but none in the US. In addition to that, you seldom see this movie on TCM or AMC, but believe it or not you can get a clear, crisp edition on You Tube. Remember when You Tube let us see everything for free? Well this movie is still free on You Tube! That's what I mean by underated. As for realism the movie captured what Truman Capote called America's "underbelly."
I realize many here won't relate to it. You need to have grown up in the inner city to have known those random acts of mean spirited viciousness. The setting here is New York City in the middle of the night. The year was 1967. Tony Musante captured every bully that we ever knew growing up in the old neighborhood. He nailed it.
Who won the Academy Award for that year? Rod Steiger for "In the Heat of the Night." Granted it was a tough year to pick a best actor.
It was also the film debut for Martin Sheen, who played the other hoodlum.
Over the course of what is a Sunday night we get to meet a cross section of NYC residents circa the 1960's and all are put to the test on a night of terror. Anybody who ever rode a subway in the northeast in those days will quicly recognize the subway cars...the dirty littered floor, the advertising along the upper interior, the handle bars and in those particular overnight NYC cars...the sleeping derelict. Seeing this movie again, just a few nights ago, I thought of how much worse it must be today. The news reports we heard from New York over the past year highlighting all the mayhem taking place there. I think the only thing missing is the pleasure that "Joe Ferrone" & "Artie Connors" took in humiliating people. A remake would have to cut right to the violence.
The story's lone hero is just who we would expect it to be. Yup, just like in real life.
The movie is The Incident (1967)