November 27, 2009

Short Cuts: "...Breakfast the Night Before..."

City Slickers (1991). Directed by Ron Underwood; written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel; starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, Jack Palance, Jake Gyllenhaal, Patricia Wettig, and Helen Slater.


  1. I don't know Dan, I was never a big fan of this one, but this scene was fine enough. But even so, I don't part ways with the majority on Jack Palance, who of course had some great lines. In the genre of western comedy though, Mel Brooks's BLAZING SADDLES is far above this.

  2. To be honest I was never a huge fan of the whole movie, either, Sam. Or rather, seeing it again in the late 90's I realized it wasn't as lasting (compared with, of course, something like Blazing Saddles). Doesn't help that a couple of sequels really cheapened the idea.

    But Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby are terrific, and this was one of the scenes that I remember fondly. There is also an extended version that features Jake Gyllenhaal in his film debut as Crystal's embarrassed son. He sounds like Mickey Mouse.

  3. I liked this movie back in the day. I enjoy seeing some dark humor like this from time to time mixed with lighter moments out on the range.

  4. Thanks for visiting, Ed - Nice to have another local in the house.

    Yeah, the humor in this scene alone (and more so the salty language in the extended version) certainly helped justify the PG-13 rating, which was much stricter by 1991 standards. Either way, nobody can deliver a speech like this with the deadpan of Billy Crystal.


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