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Mitchell

By Karen Karleski

[Editor's note: This movie is soooo bad that the only version on DVD is a Mystery Science Theatre 3000 version. The following review is for that version.]

This farewell episode for Joel Hodgson is a sentimental favorite but even more worth it for the hilarity spawned by our captured Satellite of Love friends. The movie centers on the hapless, big lug cop named Mitchell (Joe Don Baker), who fights the rich and powerful drug-dealing bad guys. Along the way, Mitchell finds himself investigating murder, falling "in sex" with Linda Evans, helping an elderly woman like a good son, and telling a bothersome wisecracking kid to buzz off. Match that with clothing and music from 1975 and you've got prime fodder for the biting remarks of Joel, Crow, and Tom Servo--which, of course, they take advantage of handily and in abundance. Mitchell has a few quiet areas but these are spotty, and when Joel and his mechanical friends start wisecracking, it's all hilariously worth the wait. Mitchell: So '70s, you'd swear Kris Kristofferson was moaning the theme song in the background.

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"Brentwood Home Video puts out sets of similar themed films on DVD. (Either 4 movies on 2 Discs or 10 Movies on 5 discs. ) Mitchell is included in the set CRIME WAVE. On the Mystery Science Theatre disc they don't even resolve the John Saxon storyline. Not a great Film but a good example of a Super70s Cop Movie. Walking Tall made Joe Don Baker a star (ONLY IN THE Super70s COULD THIS HAPPEN) and he went on to do such Films as Golden Needles and Framed. Only in the Super70s can You get Martin Balsam & John Saxon as the bad guys, Merlin Olson as a henchman and Linda (Dynasty)Evans as a hooker. Forget the Mystery Science Theatre version and check out the Brentwood One. The 5 disc sets are only about $20.00. [Editor's note: Thanks for the tip. Actually, they're even less at Amazon.com.]"

--Michael C.

 

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Director: Andrew V. McLaglen

Stars: Joe Don Baker, Martin Balsam, Linda Evans, John Saxon, Merlin Olsen, Morgan Paull

Released: September 10, 1975

Availability: DVD VHS


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