With this cast it could have been much better.
Talky, stagey sausage-fest.
If you're looking for air, ground or sea battle footage, this is probably not the film for you. Most of this is officers discussing military campaigns with other officers or with politicians.
Most of the discussions occurs in the same flight-preparation room and officers office areas...made me think perhaps it was adapted from a stage play.
First time seeing this. I may have closed my eyes a few times from being movie-watching-bleary-eyed. This movie is plain weird. I need to watch it again (when I'm more attentive) to (perhaps) get a better grasp on what was going on. Then again, repeated viewings may not help.
It took me about three viewings to love Wild Strawberries, so perhaps the same thing here.
Speaking of that, there's a line in the film where a girl offers Max von Sydow's character wild strawberries and milk. When that appeared on the subtitles there was an audible sigh from the crowd.
"But still, when I hear the word 'father', it matters."
Melvyn Douglas and Gene Hackman provide powerful performances in this film about aging parents and a strained father-son relationship.
Interesting that Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons played Hackman's sister...just three years earlier she played his wife in BONNIE AND CLYDE. (Her role here is a fairly small one.)
I found the scene shopping for caskets touching and the final scene in the bedroom is quite powerful.
As someone who has lost their mother and is watching their father age, some parts of this film really hit close to home.