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Scarecrow on Seattle: 99 & 44/100% DEAD





For the past few years Scarecrow Video has been contributing reviews of movies made in the Pacific Northwest to the Seattle Office of Film + Music's e-newsletter (you may have seen some of them when we had our Scarecrow on Seattle rental section up last year). We're now proud to be able to share these reviews on our site as well.


99 & 44/100% Dead (1974)
In 1974, John Frankenheimer, Richard Harris, Edmond O'Brien, & Chuck Connors came to town to make a movie. What kind of movie they made is still up for discussion. One could call it a gangster comedy, but that would be selling the hard-edged violence short. One could call it a gang war satire, but even then it's almost played too straight for that. I like it because it's an odd little curio of a film that features a big gangster meeting at Lower Woodland Park, a showdown of sorts at Gasworks Park before it got "nice," and a spectacularly intense scene at University Heights school, just three short blocks from Scarecrow. It also features a boffo score by Henry Mancini, a title sequence that is a Roy Lichtenstein painting come to life, and the most bizarre collection of cement shoes you could ever imagine sitting right off of Pier 63. Oh, and let's not forget Chuck Connors' prosthetic arm attachments, which include a feather tickler, a cat-o-nine tails, a wine opener, and a machine gun.
--Mark Steiner


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