A young garage mechanic (Bobby) and fast food hostess (Rose) meet and quickly fall in love. While out on a date one night, Bobby “fakes” holding up a convenience store. The prank goes horribly wrong, resulting in the death of a young shop keeper. The couple are now on the run from the law and themselves.
Atmospheric born losers tale
Bad lucks seems to dog a Los Angeles auto mechanic (Paul Le Mat, hot off “American Graffiti”) and a young single mom (Dianne Hull) working at a car wash. They take to the highway towards Mexico after a prank in a liquor store inadvertently leads to the shooting death of the cashier. Writer-director Floyd Mutrux is enamored of the city at dusk–its neon lights and music billboards in the sky–and he creates a late-night jukebox feel for the film that recalls “Graffiti”‘s bracing ambiance. Unfortunately, Mutrux’s script seems cobbled together from the lyrics of the pop songs he loves so much (particularly those sung by Elton John), while shaggy-haired Le Mat seems a little too mature and seasoned for his role. This is the type of movie he might have appeared in before “Graffiti” made him a budding star.
We saw this film four or five times, always as the second film of a double program. It was one of our “film-culte”. Not a masterpiece at all, just a little film, really simple, with no stars… but it has something, don’t know what… It’s one of these films you’ll remember for the rest of your life and you don’t really know why! The songs of Elton John, “Benny and the Jets” and “Your Song” are exactly where they were made for. I saw for the last time about 20 years ago but I know I’ll see it again one day. I’m not sure this kind of film exists anymore.