Sunday, February 21, 2010
TOGETHER BROTHERS (1974) -
William A. Graham
I blame director Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid and Nancy) for this one. Even though he didn't direct it, he named his former production company after it, so I figured it must be good or, at the very least, possess a certain cult-movie allure. Other than a very interesting first ten minutes, such was not the case. Sometimes, slavish fandom can lead you down some very unnecessary paths.
The premise of Together Brothers has serious potential. When a black beat cop who's revered in his Galveston, Texas ghetto gets gunned downed by an unknown assailant, a group of ghetto kids take it upon themselves to turn Encyclopedia Brown after the local white cops make no headway in the case. They use their street-wise wits to track down the murderer who turns out to be...well, let's just say LGBT community gets no fair shakes in this flick. Also problematic is the after-school-special caliber direction and an over-reliance on untrained child actors in very melodramatic situations. Neither the director or the actors are really up to the task. When the lone witness to the murder (see above) gets a big gun put to his head, I wasn't so much worried for his character as the child actor himself, the years of therapy he's likely had to endure since then.