DIRECTOR: ROBERT ZEMECKIS
“Has a wonderful, energetic heartlessness… an American tall-tale movie in a Pop Art form.”—Pauline Kael, The New YorkerLocked into a ten-year Disney contract before he was old enough to drive, a grown-up Russell had to prove that he wasn’t just a kid who showed up in fluff like The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)—and he did it definitively starring in Zemeckis’s ruthless, manic satire. As cut-throat salesman Rudy Russo, a guy who wouldn’t hesitate to sell his own mother a lemon for commission, Russell combines superficial, oleaginous charm and merciless, mercenary trickiness. (Unsurprisingly, Russo harbors ambitions of going into politics.) Russo’s a huckster, but you can’t help rooting for him as he ducks and weaves his way through a story that involves feuding twin brothers, strip-show promotions, and a ton of vehicular mayhem.