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Fuzz (1972)

Fuzz (1972)

So this was how the police worked back in the seventies, huh? It's a crazy cop comedy farce with some unexpectedly serious moments. A bunch of random encounters all tie together, but at the end it doesn't work out quite how neither you - nor the in-movie members expect it to.

It felt refreshingly random and spontaneous, with interrogations, stake-outs and surveillance all adding to the stereotype that the Fuzz is just that - though the donuts shine with their lack of presence. Notable protagonists include Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch (1960s international sex symbol), and Yul Brynner the notable villain.

There are probably a few other names people knew better a few decades ago that I don't recognize - but they all play their part well. The fat guy, the light-eyed detective and the characters above impressed most, and especially Burt in his big stunt - tripping over a fence in a nun costume, and just somersaulting up again and running on. At least it doesn't look like a stunt double...

All in all it feels a lot less precise and planned compared to the movies of today, and it takes a while to get into it, but once you do it's an entertaining venture, and the lack of precision in part what makes it that entertaining. The mess feels fresh, and the Fuzz have guts. Good watch.

 rated 3/5: not bad


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