Bobby Deerfield

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Released 1977

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Bobby Deerfield

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Director:
Sydney Pollack
Released:
1977
Rating:
PG
Bobby Deerfield is a 1977 American film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, and Anny Duperey. The film is based on the novel Heaven Has No Favorites, written by Erich Maria Remarque. Bobby Deerfield (Pacino) is a young, talented Formula One racecar driver who is steadily climbing the ranks as one of the best drivers in the sport. Bobby's arrogance threatens his both his friendships and his career, as he alienates himself from his competitors. One particular race Bobby witnesses a fiery crash that takes the life of his friend. His nerves grow as he considers his own imminent death. While visiting one of the crash's survivors, Bobby meets Lillian Morelli (Keller), a beautiful young woman who is terminally ill. Bobby's fascination with death only grows as his relationship with Lillian deepens. Al Pacino was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor for his role as Bobby Deerfield.

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A big, slick melodrama that knows exactly what it wants to accomplish and does so with great craft.

  • 70

    Variety

    Bobby Deerfield is a brilliantly unusual love story, told in a European fashion which makes the Sydney Pollack film at first irritating, then intriguing, finally most rewarding and...

  • 50

    Slant Magazine

    Bobby Deerfield is not so much a failed vanity project as it is a groping, often sensitive and rather death-obsessed character study based on Erich Maria Remarque's fatalistically ...

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