Saturday, November 26, 2011
AMERICAN BOY: A PROFILE OF: STEVEN PRINCE (1978)
Besides all the well known, super successful, mainstream movies director Martin Scorcese has made over the years he's also made a bunch of interesting oddball short films and little documentaries on various subjects. This one is about the guy who played the speeded-up gun/drug-dealer in TAXI DRIVER. If you're as obsessed with that film as I am this is an interesting look at the actor behind that role. This guy has led some life from being a road manager for Neil Diamond to being a junkie to just getting into all kinds of general strange hi-jinks. He seems like the kind of guy you would want to hang out with and have a few beers. In the movie's most insane bit he tells a story about blowing a guy away with a 44 Magnum that's really unforgettable. It's also interesting to note that Quentin Tarantino stole the scene of Uma Thurman being shot up with adrenaline to the heart from this guy's real life. Has that guy ever had an original thought?
In 2009 there was a sequel to this by another filmmaker with something titled AMERICAN PRINCE but I've never seen that one.
This movie was considered lost for many years but apparently a bootleg was floating around because it's out there now: