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Chatham (The Golden Boys)
Adapted from Joseph C. Lincoln's best-selling novel Can'n Eri, this gentle tale of three retired sea captains living together and looking to get their house in order features an all-star cast including David Carradine, Rip Torn, Bruce Dern, and Mariel Hemingway. The story begins in turn of the century Cape Cod, where Captain Jerry Burgess (Torn), Captain Perez (Dern), and Captain Zeb (Carradine) decide that the only way to get their house in order is for one of them to get married. When no one jumps at the prospect of taking a bride, they decide to flip a coin and Captain Jerry is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It seems particularly perverse to take actors who helped develop the '60's thesping style of hang-loose, semi-improvisational immediacy and stick them in a creaky period piece glazed with arch gentility and ersatz quaintness."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Trying to sit through The Golden Boys is like trudging across the Cape Cod sand in galoshes during a nor'easter with a mule on your back."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"The three vets are a delight to watch, even if the movie around them remains soggy."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"You don't have to be a geezer to grin at these goings-on."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"All the admirable shipyard textures and thespian marquee value can't fog the fact that while peaceful, The Golden Boys is about as thrilling as an Abe Simpson bedtime story."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"This musty yarn would have worked better as a 1940s MGM programmer."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Aside from the occasional magical shot or affecting actor moment, it's a film whose poverty betrays most every frame."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"This tale of three codgery sea captains looking for a wife is not all that romantic, or especially comic."
‑ Renie Scolaro Mora, PopMatters
"peddles safe humor that's mashed up and spoon-fed to an audience craving toothless comedy"
‑ Sean O'Connell,
"Proves the course of love is never what we think it is going to be."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The Golden Boys is an object lesson in how to squander a seasoned cast, a charming premise and a breathtaking location."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"You can feel yourself growing older in the 90 minutes it takes to watch this horrid piece of filmed dinner theater."
‑ Scott Foundas, Village Voice
"Taking place in 1905, this harmless serving of maritime malarkey may also boast the most liver spots on screen since Cocoon."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"Picturesque if plodding indie romantic comedy about three salty dogs in 1905 Cape Cod who bring in a would-be bride to keep house."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Imagine! It's an amusing, high-spirited romantic picture about senior citizens. What will they think of next?"
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
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