In this leisurely directed, deplorably scripted folk comedy/black farce, colorful characters foist their eccentricities on the audience for what seems an eternity. The entire project is off-center from its opening sequence in which a horse is surgically vented, stuffed with emeralds, and
sewn back up so it can serve as a hiding place for stolen gems. In a movie rife with miscalculations, the scene only makes the viewers feel sorry for the animal and undermines any sympathy the film attempts to cultivate for its gang of larcenous misfits--Monte (Keith Carradine), the saturnine
leader; his girl friend Maureen (Sally Kirkland), a voracious eater and hopeless romantic;...