Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Baby The Rain Must Fall (1965)

Columbia Pictures
Directed by Robert Mulligan
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Sony)

Lee Remick travels by bus with her young daughter to reunite with her recently paroled husband Steve McQueen in a small Texas town. He's determined to become famous as the leader of his local rockabilly band, but the new pressures of his wife and child make that more difficult. He is also trying to satisfy a mysterious older mother-figure who lives in a nearby Victorian mansion. Tensions eventually boil over in a drunken episode in the cemetery. McQueen's lip syncing with his band is hilariously awful and almost spoils the film, which while well photographed and acted fails to explain the motivations driving his murky character.

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