I guess i can see why this gets as much attention and acclaim as it does. The acting is good all around. Gable shows more range in this movie than over most of his career, and Monroe has more depth than many of her parts. Too bad it was the end for both of them. Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter all do good jobs also with what they are given. But there is too much stereotypical drunk acting…
To me, this movie was too slow and preachy for the first half to two-thirds of the movie, before finally having a rousing finish. But even then, the battle scenes, while action packed, seemed somehow too tame, as people hit by machine gun fire just fell down gracefully as if hit by a knife in the back. And the use of miniatures was too obvious some of the time as well.
But the acting was fine when it wasn't being too preachy. It some times seemed like they were breaking the fourth wall to reming you how horrible the nazis were.
This is one of my favorite spy action comedies. Tom Cruise does a good job as a spy who is efficient, but seemingly a little unbalanced. Cameron Diaz plays an auto mechanic that is trying to get back to Boston for her sister's wedding when she bumps into Cruise and gets sucked into his story.
The story involves the inventor and prototype of a perpetual battery. Cruise says another agent was going to sell the battery to an arms dealer…
I liked this more than I expected to from the trailer, though it certainly was not without its problems. Apparently, neither Monroe nor Preminger wanted to make this film, but it doesn't really show. I guess Mitchum didn't get along with Preminger or Rettig, and was drinking a lot, but it didn't show either.
First, the problems:
The reverse projection river rafting scenes are pretty laughable today.
There is an almost-rape scene that is a little troubling.
The Indians are…