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Brannigan

By Tom Keogh

Fortunately, John Wayne had two vastly more interesting feature films (Rooster Cogburn and The Shootist) left in him following this disposable, leaden 1975 fish-out-of-water story. Wayne phones in his performance as a Chicago cop, Jim Brannigan, whose hunt for a fugitive in London is mostly an excuse for cross-cultural conflicts and comedy. Richard Attenborough adds local color as a Scotland Yard detective who partners with the Duke, and Judy Geeson plays a lovely, liberated constable who won't brook Brannigan's ingrained sexism. The by-the-numbers script is more pacifying for diehard Wayne fans than exciting to everyone, and the film looks embarrassingly ornamental with its naked display of touristy backdrops. Still, Brannigan is a slick tribute to the staying power of an American icon.

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"After success in the Dirty Harry inspired McQ, Wayne played a Cop again in Brannigan. What a misstep! Wayne & his fans should be grateful that Wayne's career did not end with Brannigan. (Rooster Cogburn and , the incredible swansong, The Shootist came after). Why Wayne did this is beyond Me. Maybe he wanted to go to London for awhile. The only scene worth anything is the bar room brawl, a staple of many John Wayne films. Avoid this one. The Duke should have!!!!"

--Michael C.

 

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Director: Douglas Hickox

Stars: John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Vernon, Mel Ferrer, Ralph Meeker, Lesley-Anne Down

Released: March 26, 1975

Availability: DVD VHS


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