Category Archives: Howard Zieff

RIP, James Caan.

James Edward Caan
March 26, 1940 – July 6, 2022

James Caan is without doubt one of my favorite actors. From Howard Hawks’ El Dorado (1966) to Thief (1981), he cranked out one terrific movie after another. He passed away yesterday at 82.

To me, James Caan pretty much OWNED 70s cinema. The Godfather (1972). The Gambler (1974). Freebie And The Bean (1974). Rollerball (1975, above). The Killer Elite (1975). Harry And Walter Go To New York (1976). A Bridge Too Far (1977). And the largely-forgotten Slither (1973), still one of my all-time favorite films. He was great, and so intense, in action pictures, but he had a real flair for goofy, subtle comedy stuff, too.

In more recent years, Caan had a wonderful Twitter account, often sharing a photo from, or thought about, one of his pictures. I’m gonna miss you, Mr. Caan.

10 Comments

Filed under 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, Howard Hawks, Howard Zieff, James Caan

DVR Alert: Tonight On TCM.

10418499_10152840100045396_7658266394342138349_n

Three great 70s road movies, tonight on Turner Classic Movies.

Howard Zieff’s Slither (1973, below) remains one of my favorites films. Richard B. Shull has a great couple scenes before the credits.

slither4

 

Leave a comment

Filed under 1971, 1973, Gene Hackman, Howard Zieff, James Caan, Steven Spielberg, TCM