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Peter Bogdanovich's early career as a film writer stood him in good stead for this comedy drama about the early days of the motion-picture industry, based in part on his interviews with pioneering directors Raoul Walsh and Allan Dwan. Leo Harrigan (Ryan O'Neal) is a lawyer and Buck Greenway (Burt Reynolds) is a cowboy and gunman. Both are sent to California to shut down a renegade group of silent-movie makers -- financed by blustery H.H. Cobb (Brian Keith) -- who are in violation of the Motion Picture Patents Co. Trust. Harrigan and Greenway somehow find themselves working with the movie crew instead of shutting them down; they join forces with cameraman Franklin Frank (John Ritter), leading lady Kathleen Cooke (Jane Hitchcock), and precocious prop girl Alice Forsyte (Tatum O'Neal). Greenway becomes a star and Harrigan a respected director, but both battle over the affections of Cooke. Incidentally, Cobb's big speech near the end is taken almost verbatim from a quote given to Bogdanovich in an interview with actor James Stewart. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 21, 1976

Crew

Peter Bogdanovich
Director
Frank Marshall
Producer
Robert Chartoff
Producer
Irwin Winkler
Producer
W.D. Richter
Screenwriter
Peter Bogdanovich
Screenwriter
Laszlo Kovacs
Cinematographer
Richard Hazard
Composer (Music Score)
William Carruth
Editor
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Norman Salling
Costume Designer
Les Fresholtz
Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Piantadosi
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Minkler
Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Frost Sanders
First Assistant Director
Hal Needham
Coordinator
Kay Rose
Sound Editor
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