Re: Recently Watched Films 2022
Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2022 3:46 am
David Berlatzky, The Farmer, 1977
Wiki, but beware spoilers: "Decorated World War II veteran Kyle Martin returns homes to Georgia to start a farm, but realizes running a one-man farm isn't profitable, and the bank needs to foreclose, despite his being a veteran. At that point a gambler named Johnny has an auto crash close to the farm, in which Kyle spares his life. Johnny offers him $1,500, which actually isn't sufficient to spare the homestead. At this time, Johnny past-posts mobster Passini on a horse race for $50,000. This angers Passini who along with his three colleagues, murders Johnny's bodyguard, and blinds Johnny's eyes with corrosive acid to "make a example out of him". Johnny asks his mistress Betty to hire Kyle so he can kill to Passini and his men individually for $50,000, which he needs to save his farm. Kyle is initially reluctant to do so. However, one of Passini's men by the name of Weasel rapes Betty at Kyle's farm. Weasel then kills the farmhand Gumshoe while trying to save Betty, then burns down the farm. After arriving in time to save Betty from the burning farm and surveying through the burnt wreckage the next day, Kyle finally accepts Johnny's offer which sets the path for revenge."
It's a bit cartoony - Gary Conway's cigar-chomping vet is, shall we say, somewhat lacking in charisma - but there's a nice twist ending and plenty of pretty nasty violence. Makes a change from watching one-sided and depressing propaganda documentaries on Ukraine (none of which I intend to "review" here).