| Sweet Talker is amiable
entertainment. It sets it sights on a modest target and hits the bull's eye. Bryan Brown
stars as con-man Harry Reynolds in this clever conceit from Down Under. Recently released
from a stint in prison with an older con, Cec, played with his usual spunk Aussie mainstay
Bill Kerr, Harry pilfers Cec's "scheme of the century" before jovially
sauntering out of prison and on to the con at the quaint but dilapidated seaside village
Harry's on the looseİPioneer
At Beachport Harry boards with divorcee
Julie and her son David. Karen Allen is charming and appealingly energetic as Julie,
providing Harry with some love to get in the way of the con. Harry's bonds quickly with
David, gets the lowdown on the village from him, and spends plenty of quality time
spinning tales and catching fish with the savvy ten year old boy.
The scheme may be lightweight, but the execution is consistently
brisk. Harry has everybody and their uncle looking to invest in the raising of a long lost
Portuguese treasre ship. With the uncovering of the ship, Harry's vision includes a
rebirth of Beachport as resort, a Disney World of the South Seas.
Bryan Brown is a cunning Harry. There's excellent chemistry
amongst all the players. Justin Rosniak is fine as David and the supporting characters of
Beachport add to the joy of the film. It looks like this was a delightful production for
Mixing with the colorfully photographed landscapes of the seaside
by Russell Boyd to present an upbeat picture of Beachport is the fine original score by
Richard Thompson. The Australian flavor is evident from the opening bars and there are
several excellent songs including the very appropriate "Put Your Trust in Me."
The DVD is presented in 1.33 format. It's quite possible that it
has been cropped from a 1.66 master but it does not looked overly cramped. The images are
reasonably sharp, though there is a tendency for the contrast to look slightly blown out.
Colors are okay. I didn't notice any enhancement artifacts. The sound is a nice Dolby 2
channel matrixed mix. The music has all the required snap. Beachport through the lens of Sweet
Talker makes for some delightful summer entertainment.
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