Best known for his supporting parts as foursquare military and intelligence types, such as Secret Service Agent Aaron Pierce in seven series of 24, Glenn Morshower gets to play a rare leading role – and a very different kind of character – in this indie road movie set in 1980.
In The Doo Dah Man he’s a smooth-talking con man, newly escaped from an Arizona prison, who takes Will Brittain’s prickly high-school graduate under his wing and teaches him the art of flimflamming as they travel in a stolen car towards the Florida Keys. One is fleeing from the cops; the other is on the run from his unreliable father...
Based on the teenage experiences of co-writer Jack Ballo, the pair’s backroads adventures are fairly low-key (the obligatory car chase is distinctly unexciting), but the surrogate father-son relationship that emerges from their travels proves quietly engaging.
One puzzle remains, however. What the hell is a Catholic nun – whom the pair are touching for money with a typical spot of blarney – doing in a First Lutheran church?
Director Claude Green. 2015. 95 mins.
The Doo Dah Man debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Thursday 16 November.
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.