THE PLOT THUS FAR
Gritty neo-noir art film about escaped convict Griffin and his friends, who ran all the way to hell… with a penny, and a broken cigarette.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
We witness Griffin (Coleman Francis) escape from prison. He meets two ex-convicts, Landis (Tony Cardoza) and Cook (Harold Saunders). Together, they decide to join a group of government sponsored mercenaries and invade Cuba for $2,000 each. Hiring pilot Cherokee Jack (George Prince) to take them from New Mexico to somewhere near Cuba, they sign up with the group, headed by Joe (John Morrison) and Bayiev Chastain (Tom Hanson), the latter of whom wants to overthrow Castro so that his grandparents can get their sugar mill back.
The invasion goes haywire and all are captured; Chastain is shot in the leg, and Griffin says that within 24 hours he will die of gangrene. Joe and several soldiers are executed. The three criminals escape, but not before learning about the tungsten and pitchblende that is located on a mountain near Chastain’s home. In Arizona, they throw restaurateur Cliff Weismeyer (Charles Harter) down a well, leaving his blind daughter (Elaine Gibford) and stealing his car. They eventually ditch it and hop the train. They get off the train. Griffin and Landis fight for possession of Landis’s ring, given to him by his father; Griffin wins and uses it to buy another car. Sounds more like a John Milius film and less like MS3TK fodder.
The DVD comes with the unMS3TK’d version of the film for people that want to watch it. Outside of that, you get a brief educational film about Posture that gets parodied. The A/V Quality is sharp enough for a film that I can only assume is approaching Public Domain status. However, I wish that the audio contrast between the robots and the film wasn’t so drastic. Match the levels, people. Oh well, it’s worth a rental.
RELEASE DATE: 08/16/2011