A Night In Old Mexico (2014)
Critic Consensus: A Night in Old Mexico gives Robert Duvall a too-rare starring showcase -- then frustratingly wastes it on a contrived story that's often unworthy of his talents.
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as Gally Bovie
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as Inez Claypack
as Brothel Patron
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Critic Reviews for A Night In Old Mexico
Duvall can justify it all, he's just that kind of actor, but "A Night in Old Mexico" hasn't worked hard enough to give him a story worthy of his talents. In many cases, he is acting all alone up there.
The director Emilio Aragón wisely trains the camera on Mr. Duvall. "A Night in Old Mexico" is his baby, and he rocks it.
The movie doesn't have the same kind of emotional depth that Duvall and Wittliff managed to pull off decades ago. Worse, the dialogue often sounds stilted.
This poky, clichéd, slackly told picture, directed by Emilio Aragón, would've felt dated a few decades ago; now it feels like a downright relic.
Not a second of this feels real, but at least we see Duvall croon "Mexicali Rose."
Audience Reviews for A Night In Old Mexico
Robert Duvall leads the cast in the rather pointless and disappointing western A Night in Old Mexico. After losing his Texas ranch Red Bovie heads for Mexico for a wild night of debauchery and takes his estranged grandson in tow. The acting is poor, and even Duvall doesn't put forth much effort. The writing is also quite bad; as the plot is all over the place and the characters aren't very interesting. The film tries to come through with a message about family and honor, but it isn't told very well. Unfortunately, A Night in Old Mexico isn't able to find a clear focus and ends up being a jumbled mess that doesn't work.
This is very well made Spanish-American co-production directed by Emilio Aragon about a man (Robert Duvall) and his grandson (Jeremy Irvine). Written by Bill Wittliff, it will please you, or disappoint you - depends what were you expecting. I expected nothing, and I got a warm family action drama which has every possible cliché packed in it. And I had to enjoy it, because those clichés were simply adorable! The story of Red Bovie, a old guy who is forced to abandon his ranch and land in Texas, but is refusing to become complacent in his old age was something I really liked. Even when he discovers that he has a grandson, nothing stops him. He hops in his Cadillac, and hightails it to Mexico. They begin a journey with a frenzied stop in a Mexican town where they meet Patty, who sees in them the hope for a better life. Along the way, there are plenty of shady men to keep the adventure going! Robert Duvall is the centre of the movie with his amazing ability to attract with acting skills even in his old age. Every moment is simply filled with him, even when he is not on screen, and I can only thank Emilio Aragón for letting that happen! Enjoyable, entertaining, exceptional acting!
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