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  • We learn that he's not that happy being a retired private eye and thus he agrees to help out an old adversary because, basically, he has nothing better to do

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      Robert Mitchum starred in 1989’s Jake Spanner, Private Eye which had a unique opening of having Spanner dreaming and using excerpts from Mitchum’s movies as the dream. That was intriguing. Before the viewer has a chance to really chuckle and enjoy that, the credits start and, wow, Mitchum is singing the theme song. You’ve got to be kidding! I never knew he even attempted to sing. Okay, truth

      be told, I’ve heard a lot worse. Still, that was gutsy.

      Mitchum tells the story with a lot of narration as we go along. We learn that he’s not that happy being a retired private eye and thus he agrees to help out an old adversary because, basically, he has nothing better to do.

      Ernest Borgnine is an absolute hoot as the old adversary. The two make an odd alliance that has ...


      • a lot of humorous aspects to it. It’s a bit like two guys who hated each other once but are too old to hate each other anymore. Times have changed, and they have, too. In spite of themselves, they end up pals, or do they? You’ll have to watch to see how that plays out.

        Laurie Latham is totally obnoxious in the role of the bad girl. This character

        is one of the worst I’ve seen in a very long time. She’s loud and just so unpleasant in an annoying way. She makes me want to change the channel.

        This movie really lost its mojo after Borgnine’s character became absent from the plot. While it had an occasional point of interest, it was missing the only real spark that existed in it and that was the connection between Mitchum and Borgnine.




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