Pink Cadillac

1989, Movie, PG-13, 122 mins

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Although directed by longtime Clint Eastwood associate Buddy Van Horn (THE DEAD POOL), PINK CADILLAC is very much another personal project for Eastwood, and continues the exploration of the screen persona he began in his directorial debut, PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971). Here Eastwood plays "skip tracer" Tommy Nowak, a bounty hunter hired to track and capture people who have skipped out on bail. One of the best in the business, he often fools his quarry by adopting a variety of identities; however, Tommy more than meets his match when he's assigned to trace Lou Ann McGuinn (Bernadette Peters), a young mother whose bumbling, no-good husband (Timothy Carhart) has involved her with a counterfeiting ring run by a white supremacist group. Lou Ann skips town, takes her baby and her husband's beloved vintage pink Cadillac--which, she learns, has $250,000 stashed in it--and heads for her sister's home in Reno, pursued by the white supremacists. Fully intending to bring her back, Tommy instead falls for Lou Ann and ends up helping her retrieve her kidnaped baby and outfox her husband and his racist cronies. The plot isn't much (some described it as an unsuccessful combination of MIDNIGHT RUN and BETRAYED), but PINK CADILLAC is rich in character, containing some of the most heartfelt and engaging moments in an Eastwood film since his unjustly neglected BRONCO BILLY. leave a comment

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