Hammers Over the Anvil (1991) from Tuna and Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Tuna's comments in yellow
Australian made Hammers Over the Anvil (1991) is a relatively unknown coming of age film about a boy, Alan Marshall, who is crippled, probably by polio, but tries not to let it slow him down. His biggest dream is to ride horses like his hero, East, who is a loner, but hero to all the boys in town, and an object of lust for all of the young women. In the opening scene, East is bathing nude in a stream with his horses, while Alan talks about him.
|Charlotte Rampling plays the part of a
rich married woman who befriends Alan. Alan discovers
that she is having an affair with East when he catches
them together in East's stable. It is only a matter of
time until her adultery is found out.
Charlotte and Russel Crowe (East) are magic together. Her cool, sophisticated sensuality and his rugged looks and disposition create great chemistry.
Alexander Outhred won an Australian best newcomer award for his portrayal of Alan. The locations are spectacular, and the photography breathtaking. If you enjoy coming of age stories/romance/character driven drama, this is one worth seeing.
comments: Tuna and I rarely disagree on films, but I have
some reservations about this one, which I also watched
today. How's that for a coincidence? To make the
coincidence even spookier, there was a news service
article about this film today, talking about Crowe's nude
scene on horseback! That's probably the most attention
the film has had in one day since it was made
I like the film itself and Tuna described it perfectly. I agree with what he said, but rent it for the story, don't buy it for the visuals. I would caution you strongly against buying the DVD. There are no features at all, and the DVD mastering is absolutely terrible - dark and often out of focus during the frame transitions.. The original scenery must have been spectacular, indeed, but the colors aren't vivid enough on the DVD to really show it off properly.
|Also, I thought
Charlotte Rampling looked painfully old and tired, old
enough to be playing Crowe's mom, not his lover. And,
indeed, she is old enough to be his mother. She will be
56 next month, Crowe is 36. (The film is 9 years old)
Sidebar - did you know that the only other movie directed by this woman is the very quirky and obscure Sandra Bernhard movie Dallas Doll?
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