The Traveling Executioner (1970) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Traveling Executioner (1970)

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In 38 seconds he'll send you on your way to the Fields of Ambrosia, sizzling like a piece of Bacon. Stacy Keach electrifies in this starling black comedy about an itinerant electrocutioner. It's 1918, and Jonas Candide travels the South with a portable electric chair. Offering up his services to various authorities at a price of $100 a jolt, the ex-Carney tends to his charges with his own brand of tender loving care. Dispensing his own philosophy and consolation, he assures the prisoners that the Fields of Ambrosia await them on the other side of their ordeal. And then he throws the switch. Jonas' life of lethal loquacity becomes undone after he is contracted to bring his ministrations to a pair of siblings and he finds himself drawn to one of them. Bud Cort also excels in this too rarely seen dark jewel of a film, playing Jonas' bumbling assistant.

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Cast

Stacy Keach
as Jonas Candide
Marianna Hill
as Gundred Herzallerliebst
Bud Cort
as Jimmy Croft
Graham Jarvis
as Doc Prittle
M. Emmet Walsh
as Warden Brodski
Ford Rainey
as Stanley Mae
James Greene
as Gravey Combs
Stefan Gierasch
as Willy Herzallerliebst
Logan Ramsey
as La Follette
Claire Brennan
as Woman Passerby
Claire Brennen
as Woman Passerby
Scottie MacGregor
as Alice Thorn
Tony Fraser
as 1st Child
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In the end the picture simply collapses from the weight of its own excesses.

October 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Satisfying black comedy.

August 27, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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