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Our Review of Crazy Like a Fox

As a child, I loved to visit my grandparents on their farm in Tennessee. My grandfather used to tell stories that could take legs and walk. Some of his stories had centuries of tradition behind them. Stories like “Raw Head and Bloody Bones” had been handed down generation to generation from long forgotten European ancestors. Other stories like “The Mule Hole” were crafted from real events and personal experience. The family farm in Tennessee was originally purchased in 1811 by my sixth great-grandfather, John Adcock. He had enlisted in the Sixth Virginia Regiment, Continental Line. He was with George Washington’s army when it crossed the Delaware River on December 25, 1776. This family farm is still owned and occupied by his descendants.

What does this have to do with the motion picture “Crazy Like a Fox?” The answer is “everything.” Like many who were born in the south, my roots grow deep. I related in a very personal way to the characters, culture, and clay with which this movie is made. It isn’t the story of my family, but a story that is familiar. And, like the stories my grandfather told, it is full of twists and turns, color and texture, and lessons that are more absorbed than learned. Writer and director Richard Squires rubs this reflective story of southern heritage against the contemporary story of urban sprawl and the sparks that fly illuminate us all.

The movie is consistent throughout. Roger Rees is perfectly cast as the desperate farm owner, Nat Banks. Mary McDonnell is just as convincing as his loving wife. They are comfortable with each other in a way that is only possible between two people who have loved each other for a very long time. The locations don’t just seem real. They are real. They are photographed with a clarity and confidence that comes from familiarity and understanding. Everything about the film is blended so evenly that nothing stands out except the story. Isn’t that what a movie is supposed to do?

Squires has that engaging, charming, and disarming talent for storytelling that all good story tellers have in common. “Crazy Like a Fox” is film that connects on many levels. As the movie unfolds, you are likely to infuse it with memories and feelings of your own. You don’t have to be a southerner to enjoy it. But, if you were raised in the south, you will feel the warmth of this movie like the warmth of Aunt Mary’s old quilt on a chilly night.

 

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Roger Rees as Nat Banks and Mary McDonnell
as Amy Banks; Courtesy Delphi Film


The Party Arrives at Greenwood Farm;
Courtesy Delphi Film


Roger Rees as Nat Banks;
Courtesy Delphi Film


 

 

 
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