THE ROUNDERS REVIEWED
“The Rounders” has a reputation in Warner Brothers movie history. It was never meant to do good. It was a film meant to burn off the contracts of Henry Fonda and Glenn Ford. WB dumped the movie as a second bill feature with a teenage comedy. What happened is that older people on the Drive-In circuit discovered a comedy for them. Watching the film 53 years after the fact, I’m kinda astonished by how much it resembles “The Simpsons” episode where Ned and Homer marry Vegas showgirls.
If you’re a fan of Fonda and Ford, this film will be right up your alley. If you’re looking for a deep meditation on aging in the West, then head somewhere else. This is an old man comedy not unlike the fare that Alan Arkin can’t make work in the modern era. What I love so much about the film is its commitment to stay under 90 mins. This film is such a double feature magnet that I don’t know what rep theaters don’t program it more. Hell, I’m surprised that this hasn’t played a BNAT in the past.
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 MONO
RELEASE DATE: 4/18/17
- Video - 94%94%
- Audio - 94%94%
- Film Score - 93%93%
The Plot Thus Far
Ben and Howdy are a couple of aging cowboys who bust broncos out of Sedona for Jim Ed Love, a slick operator if ever there was one. Sisters, Meg and Agatha, have their eyes on Ben and Howdy, but the boys aren’t ready to settle down yet. They spend the winter in the high country corralling more than 100 stray cattle at $7 a head for Jim Ed. Most years, they blow their winter pay in one spring night at a Sedona bar, but this year, Ben and Howdy have a plan: to take an ornery roan that Ben has been unable to break and bet their bankroll that no cowboy at the Sedona rodeo can stay on the horse. What will they do if they win – marry the sisters or head for Tahiti?
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