FAKE Criterion Of The Week: Quintet (1979)

Paul Newman was said to “thunder profanities” whenever anyone mentioned this movie in his presence. It’s a slow, moody puzzle of a movie, set in a snowy, post-apocalyptic landscape, with a plot centered around a multiple-player game of life-or-death with a rather confounding set of rules.


I’d read about the film several years before I had the chance to see it…


…so when the opportunity arose, courtesy of the Sci-Fi Channel (back in 1997, before it was SyFy), I wasn’t as put off by the movie as some folks were.

Low on dialogue, but heavy on atmosphere, it’s not for all tastes, but it’s become one of my oddball favorites over time.