Forgotten Films Thanksgiving Edition: FLAP (1970)
Sir Carol Reed directs Anthony Quinn as another lusty earthy scene-devouring hero in an archetypal seriocomic 1970 cinematic obscura about Native American relations and revolution on a New Mexico reservation. With Claude Rains (as a character named Lobo!) and Tony Bill as Reel Hollywood Indians who drink a lot and a fantastic unavailable theme by Kenny Rogers and Marvin Hamlisch. This was Carol Reed’s last film, the follow-up to his Best Picture winning OLIVER! (1969) and turned out instead to be his SKIDOO minus Otto Preminger’s outrageous style, except for a quasi-hallucination in a whorehouse and a scene where Flap examines a pal’s gashed genitalia and pours firewater on the wound. Now on Warner Archive. So be grateful.