Boxcar Bertha
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Produced by Roger Corman and directed by Martin Scorsese, Boxcar Bertha is a Bonnie and Clyde-like yarn set during the Depression. The title character, played by Barbara Hershey, links up with union organizer David Carradine (Hershey's real-life lover at the time) after the death of her father. Running afoul of anti-union forces, Bertha and Carradine are forced into a life of crime. Whereas Bonnie and Clyde robbed banks, Boxcar Bertha's specialty is trains. A story of this nature can only end in tragedy, and wait until you see Carradine's symbolic demise! For the record, there… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"The Roger Corman production, shot on an austere budget in Arkansas area, is routinely directed by Martin Scorsese."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"'Promising juvenilia' is about the most one can say for it."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Part exploitation movie, part visionary cinema, Boxcar Bertha is caught somewhere in between both."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Although a Martin Scorsese retrospective could easily survive its absence, Boxcar Bertha is a cornerstone of the director's filmography"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"For exploitation-enthusiasts and Scorsese completists only."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"While there is a striking similarity [to Bonnie and Clyde] in general content, background, fine color photography and even the use of hillbilly music, the new, more modest film stands curiously on its own."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"Lots of violence, typical of the Corman exploitation mill, but the film still shows the budding talent of Scorsese in his use of moving-camera and period detail."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Scorsese hadn't developed a personal vision yet, but a few moments during the heat of battle reveal a lively, playful camera. Not to mention the on-target performances by Hershey and her co-stars David Carradine, Barry Primus and Bernie Casey."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Scorsese at his most droll and uninspired."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, eCinemaCenter.com
"Bertha is fundamentally just a Bonnie ripoff."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Scorsese remains one of the bright young hopes of American movies."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Scorsese's second film is one of his weakest, a violent impersonal work that feels like an extension of such rural crime-gangsters features as the exploitation flick Bloody Mama or the arty and better one Bonnie and Clyde."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...an often interminable experience."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Early Scorcese starring hippie Hershey; earthy"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Slightly better than its formulaic offering."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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