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Aloha, Bobby & Rose


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Checking IMDb, I find there are not a few others who feel about this way low budget, almost totally tacky, kitschy flick same as I do: Pure Love. It slipped under the radar, kind of like Cinderella Liberty (Marsha Mason and James Caan) from the same era (mid-70s), and it stars Paul Le Mat (the James Dean clone from American Grafitti), Diane Hull, and a Candy-Apple Red 1968 Chevy Camaro.

 

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The performance by that Camaro should have won an Oscar for "Best Supporting--Whatever". There is one scene in this flick where you see that flaming red ride idling at the curb of (maybe) Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood; on the sound track is the fabulous rumble of its custom mufflers; the camera is making love to the very sight of it, slowly zooming in, panning over all its features, the gleaming chrome, the glorious radiation of red and then, rising above the thunder of those pipes under the bumper THIS . . .

 

 

 

Try to get closer to Movie Nirvana than that. You just try.

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At that time, producers in Hollywood felt there was a chance that Paul Le Mat might have the potential to become an A-list star, based on feedback from people who'd cited him as their favorite character from 'American Graffiti'. (He was certainly the coolest, and your 'James Dean' reference is appropriate).

 

Unfortunately for Paul, this vehicle - though heavily marketed at the time - was a critical failure, and didn't do much at the box office either (no word-of-mouth support from those who'd gone to see it).

 

And that was pretty much that - in terms of his shot at mega-stardom. But he's a decent actor and has worked steadily nonetheless.

 

I liked 'Aloha Bobby and Rose' - mostly because of the song (Bennie and the Jets) and the supporting performance turned in by Tim McIntire - a pretty cool actor best remembered for his pop-history turn as Alan Freed (who gave 'Rock and Roll' its name) in 'American Hot Wax' (1978). In a case of tragic irony, both the actor (Tim) and the DJ (Alan) would die in their early 40's.

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