'Eddie Macon's Run' [Blu-ray]
(John Schneider, Kirk Douglas, Lee Purcell, et al / Blu-ray / PG / (1983) 2020 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: A young man, harshly sentenced for a few minor infractions, escapes from a prison in Huntsville Texas and flees to Laredo, Texas, where he hopes to cross into Mexico for a reunion with his wife and small son.
Blu-ray Verdict: For the most part, 'Eddie Macon's Run' has the look of a TV movie and as much as you yourselves may like it, trust me when I say that some producer made a monumental mistake when he decided to allow John Schneider to sing his own syrupy songs on the soundtrack!
But then, it has to be said that the music matches perfectly those early sickly scenes of domestic bliss between Macon (Schneider), his wife (Leah Ayres) and son Bobby (Matthew Meece).
Pretty soon, it's Bobby, not the scenes, that becomes sickly, which is where Eddie's plight begins. It's where Schneider's plight begins too because, every time the script asks him to emote, his TV credentials come right to the fore. The fact that the script is downright awful doesn't help either!
Macon's run takes him across a deep south populated by stereotypical rednecks, stereotypical small-town cops, stereotypical floozies, stereotypical bar-room drunks (including an impossibly young J. T. Walsh) and a stereotypical tart with a heart.
Despite this, the film manages to remain entertaining, and motors along when it's focusing on the darker aspects of the tale rather than trying to pull at your heartstrings.
Hot on Macon's heels is grizzly cop Marzack (Kirk Douglas). Douglas is too old for the part, and his judgment when it came to choosing roles was all shot to hell by the '80s, but he still shows Schneider up in their few scenes together.
For all the hardships Macon is forced to endure, you know there will be a happy ending. It turns out that Marzack, like Lee Purcell's tart-with-a-heart, simply envies Macon his picture-perfect family, something he managed to keep well-hidden from us all; for all but the last five minutes of the film.
In closing, there were parts where it kept you wondering what would happen next. It also gave me so many different feelings throughout the movie; anywhere from being scared, sad, and angered to happy and relieved. So, overall, 'Eddie Macon's Run' is a great Sunday afternoon movie to watch with your family, of not only for the well worn acting chops of the late, great Kirk Douglas. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'Eddie Macon's Run' [Blu-ray] is out April 7th, 2020 via Mill Creek Entertainment.