Watched this last night. It's a pretty unique atmosphere - like the film exists inside the cooling, coiling smoke shot from Peter Boyle's gun. The end reminded me of Dog Day Afternoon (maybe the whole film did - it's scuzziness, the helplessness). Fwiw, I was convinced Mitchum was going to wake up.
― Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Tuesday, 26 July 2022 11:52 (six months ago) link
The other thing it made me think of quite often was S2 of the Wire. Again, something to do with the hopelessness of it all. And the interiors - everything cramped and ill-lit. Helena Carroll could easily have slotted into one of those port-side cottages.
― Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Tuesday, 26 July 2022 11:58 (six months ago) link