Jonas Cord (George Peppard) is a young man who enjoys living a wild life while his father works. But Jonas soon finds himself changing his lifestyle when his father dies. Jonas instantly finds himself saying goodbye to his old life and switching his mind into pure corporate money-maker and businessman. Quickly, Jonas changes many things about his father’s company.
Jonas also finds himself entering other surprising business avenues. Building planes and directing films are just some of the things Jonas decides to take on. Along the way Jonas has many encounters with women, including a marriage which Jonas get annoyed and bored with rather quickly. You see, as a character Jonas is not really that likeable a person. He is quite demanding and focuses on himself consistently. He is the type of man who would rather live in hotels for the rest of his life than in a peaceful home or start a family. Jonas loves the life of others waiting on his command and he is also quite demanding and harsh when it comes to the women he romances too.
Watching this film can be a little challenging for many movie lovers. Mostly because Jonas is not a likeable character, and his dialogue is demanding and rude to many around him. But as the film progresses, we are given minor hints about a past that still haunts Jonas as a grown man. There is a mystery that surrounds Jonas, making his character interesting. Honestly, this held my investment for the duration of this film. Thankfully as the credits rolled, I was undoubtedly satisfied by the journey of this character, but it did take some patience. George Peppard (Jonas) was excellent in this role, and no doubt the performance would have been a lot of work and stress for the actor to complete as well as he did.
Thanks to the right people at Imprint Films, I am happy to state the transfer of this Blu-ray title is genuinely unique. Images are sharp, clear, and crisp, and considering this is a 1964 film I was rather impressed at the results of this release. There is also a satisfying 5.1 surround track along with the standard LPCM 2.0 Stereo. The English subtitle feature is always welcome while watching a cinematic classic too.
Overall, I found this film to be fascinating, and the film takes a significant risk by having an unlikeable lead character. Thankfully, it all works out for the best as a film. It is quite unlike anything I have seen in some time, and I enjoyed the performance by George Peppard. The faint element of a mystery that sneaks into the film was also a welcomed touch.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden