A new high in cinematic underachievement, THE BIG SWEAT manages to pack 15 minutes of story into 85 minutes of celluloid, or more precisely, videotape, the medium in which this action scam reached the public.
When ex-con Marco Donnely (Steve Molone) receives orders to rob a bank from the same mafioso who left him to rot in prison for five years, revenge is foremost in his mind. Marco and accomplice Eddie (Kevin McBride) intend to double-cross the mob and keep the money for themselves. The FBI knows
about the planned hold-up, and when the robbers jump into their getaway car both federal and local cops, headed by nonviolent maverick Trudeau (Robert Z'Dar), are in pursuit. For the next hour, please refer to a map of the Los Angeles freeway system, as motor vehicles get mashed, bashed, smashed
If for no other reason, THE BIG SWEAT merits recognition for the casting-against-type of mighty Robert Z'Dar, most often seen in thug roles. Here the big guy portrays a new breed of law enforcer. "I hate sex and drugs but I'm always high," he chortles. Trudeau uses "psychology" against
crooks--meaning he gets on a two-way radio with Donnely during the pursuit and tries to badger the thief into testifying against the mob. But the endless car chase reduces all performances to rote reaction shots. Eddie spends the entire chase trying to rape uncooperative hostage Tracey (Cheri
Caspari) in the back seat, a bit of comic relief guaranteed to offend. Even action addicts will stare in disbelief at the quasi-ending, in which a burning photograph only symbolizes the fates of the characters.
Ulli Lommel, a German actor-filmmaker relocated to American exploitation pics, has done interesting work before, but certainly not here. In fact THE BIG SWEAT's endless car-crash footage was shot by the late H.B. Halicki, a specialist in automotive movie mayhem who made millions with the
low-budget drive-in perennial GONE IN 60 SECONDS. Halicki died in 1989 while making GONE IN 60 SECONDS II, killed by a collapsible water-tower that fell prematurely. (Violence, profanity, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1991
- Rating: NR
- Review: A new high in cinematic underachievement, THE BIG SWEAT manages to pack 15 minutes of story into 85 minutes of celluloid, or more precisely, videotape, the medium in which this action scam reached the public. When ex-con Marco Donnely (Steve Molone) rece… (more)