Mr. Sycamore

  • 1975
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

This strange curiosity piece might have made some sense if whimsy had been injected, but it failed to make any noise because it lay there like a lump of clay. Robards is a weak-willed postman married to an all-time shrew, Dennis, who is so overbearing that Robards decides the only way to escape her is to metamorphose into a tree (hence the title). Robards...read more

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This strange curiosity piece might have made some sense if whimsy had been injected, but it failed to make any noise because it lay there like a lump of clay. Robards is a weak-willed postman married to an all-time shrew, Dennis, who is so overbearing that Robards decides the only way to

escape her is to metamorphose into a tree (hence the title). Robards goes from a sympathetic to a self-centered man, and we lose any feeling of caring for him, something we never have for the preposterous, posturing Dennis, whose acting tricks pall very quickly. When she first appeared on the

screen in SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS, her nervous and quirky mannerisms were thought to be a breakthrough in realistic acting. But she's done that same irritating thing throughout her career, and it came to a head in THE THREE SISTERS, after she had appeared in some excellent films, such as WHO'S

AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?; UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE; and THE OUT OF TOWNERS. Surely, by this film, audiences realized that's just about all she does. Easton is better known off-screen in Hollywood, where he is acknowledged as the best dialect teacher in the industry. Simmons might as well have phoned

in her role for all the impact she has, and Robards should be ashamed of himself for ever getting involved with such tripe. A story lurks here somewhere under all the embarrassing dialog, but who's going to go to all the trouble of finding it? The one song, "Time Goes By," has nothing to do with

Herman Hupfeld's classic, "As Time Goes By," which was a hit many years before Dooley Wilson faked it at the piano in CASABLANCA.

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  • Released: 1975
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This strange curiosity piece might have made some sense if whimsy had been injected, but it failed to make any noise because it lay there like a lump of clay. Robards is a weak-willed postman married to an all-time shrew, Dennis, who is so overbearing that… (more)

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