They don't make movies like these today...do they.
I absolutely adore the opening scene and one day....some day...I'd like my significant other to recreate the wet T shirt look. Wink!
But what I notice about this film and about films made in tha era in general is how different the feel is compared to today's films. Now every film is made out to be an event and the monthly babe of the moment is a passing fad. Remember Bissett was 33 when this film came out...prime of a woman both physically and intellectually. She seems like a great companion. Nick Nolte was 36 and looked like a mature man of substance. I don't see such leads today. Mature, realistic and full of substance.
Then we have the look of the film. I may be in the minority here but I don't like High definition 1080p or 720p crap. I love the gritty grainy look that all the films in the 70s, 80s and even till the mid 90s possessed- that sunny, yellowish film tinge! Yes, they say digital is far better and almost every director is done with film stocks but boy were they something!
Then...the pacing. I am currently watching a show from the early 90s called Northern Exposure and I love the pace with which it evolves. Notice this among movies of the past...there weren't so many cut, cut, cut scenes. They flowed from one scene to another. Today's audience cannot sit through it before taking their mobile phones out and start typing. Many of my friends refuse to watch films made before 1995!!! These films, these shows(twin peaks, northern exposure) have something very endearing. Like a storybook you read as a young boy. As if you are there inside the frame. The characters feel real. They look real.
Say what you may of the plot but I think it is entertaining. Much more than the usual crap being churned out lately.