Bobby Deerfield (Widescreen) PG

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: March 11, 2008
  • Originally Released: 1977
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.39
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - English - Closed Captioned
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Behind the Scenes

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 13


User Ratings: 1,343
Rating: 1.5/5 -- Bobby Deerfield may turn out to be the year's most cynical movie made by people who know better, including Sydney Pollack, the director, and Alvin Sargent, who wrote the screenplay.
New York Times
May 9, 2005
A brilliantly unusual love story, told in a European fashion which makes the Sydney Pollack film at first irritating, then intriguing, finally most rewarding and emotionally satisfying. Full Review
May 26, 2008
A turgidly formulaic disease-of-the-week film elevated to cinematic status purely due to the presence of Pacino. Full Review
May 24, 2003
Rating: 2/4 -- Those who feel that Al Pacino did no wrong during the 1970s obviously never saw Bobby Deerfield. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Oct 29, 2016
A classic example of a Hollywood director being struck down by a lethal 'art' attack as soon as he sets foot in Europe. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Pacino is at his best: precise, internal, magnetically cute, and expert at capturing the fear in this man's turtle-like existence and his longing for change. Full Review
Slant Magazine
Mar 9, 2008
Rating: 2.5/4 -- A resonant Pacino...though ultimately a misfire, suggests that there are worse things to call a movie than 'a curiosity.' [DVD review]
Groucho Reviews
Mar 9, 2008

Product Description:

In this off-kilter drama, Al Pacino stars as jaded racecar driver BOBBY DEERFIELD. While Deerfield's stamina and adroit driving skill propel him to champion status, his lover Lillian (Marthe Keller) is dying from a fatal disease. Unable to cope with it all, Deerfield turns to Lydia (Anny Duprey), an obsessed fan, for comfort.

As with Pollack's THREE DAYS TO CONDOR, BOBBY DEERFIELD captures the fashion trends of the late 1970s and early 1980s (over-sized sunglasses, feathered hair) and uses these stylish accents to add to the film's overall visual appeal. Featuring a soundtrack by fusion jazzmaster Dave Grusin, BOBBY DEERFIELD is actually a funny film. Its over-the-top dramatic extremes become obtuse and hilarious. (A similar pattern is seen in the masterpiece FARGO.) Despite its dramatic cover, the comical undertones of BOBBY DEERFIELD may well be on cue with Pollack's intended tone.

Plot Synopsis:

Sydney Pollack directs this romantic European drama starring Al Pacino as Bobby Deerfield, a cripplingly self-absorbed champion Grand Prix race driver who is accustomed to facing death each time he drives. When Bobby falls for a terminally ill Italian aristocrat named Lillian Morelli, played wistfully by Marthe Keller, the common ground they find brings out heretofore unknown feelings in each. The two loners discover they have run headlong into a love that slowly erodes and changes both their perspectives. Pollack's gripping, intense film includes some exciting footage of actual Formula One drivers: Carlos Pace, Tom Pryce, James Hunt, Patrick Depaillier, and Mario Andretti. The film was shot entirely on location in Europe. The screenplay is based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel HEAVEN HAS NO FAVOURITES.


Production Notes:

  • Some of the Formula One cars are driven in the film by real-life drivers Carlos Pace, Tom Pryce, James Hunt, Patrick Depaillier, and Mario Andretti.
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  • UPC: 043396230118
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