This movie is strangely unknown and underseen. I say strangely because dig
this cast: Robert Mitchum, Bruce Dern, Stacy Keach, Martin Sheen and Paul Sorvino. Those
are some heavy hitters. And then the director: Jason Miller, best known as
Father Karras ... more in "The Exorcist," who also wrote the script, adapted it from his
own Pulitzer-winning play. Miller's son, Jason Patric (yes, the "Lost Boys,"
"Narc" and "Your Friends & Neighbors" star is the son of Jason Miller)
recently co-starred in the Broadway revival of the play (alongside Kiefer Sutherland, Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan and Chris Noth), so it's been brought up
again. The movie is a bit strangled by its adaptation from stage, but it's
filled with tremendous performances. The story has four high school friends
(Keach, Dern, Sheen and Sorvino) meet up with their old basketball coach
(Mitchum) to celebrate a major anniversary of one of their great wins. It's a
night of drinking and discussion and soul-seeking and soul-avoiding and some
nasty truths that are often very sad. A flawed but compelling movie.