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Pulp

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Pulp

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
96 minutes
performer:
Michael Caine, Mickey Rooney
director:
Mike Hodges
distributor:
United Artists (MGM)
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B+

In this droll caper, Michael Caine is a pulp hack prone to appropriately lush prose (”His face was like a crushed red pepper”) who’s hired to ghost ex-Hollywood star Rooney’s autobiography. The pleasures in Pulp are director Mike Hodges’ shaggy-dog script and Rooney’s buoyant performance. Playing a character famed for his Cagneyesque gangsters, the middle-aged actor moves with a youthful ease and crispness, turning shtick (shadowboxing and preening in front of a mirror) into comic gold. It’s almost enough to forgive his awful Mr. Yunioshi.
EXTRAS None. B+