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Bunny O'Hare (1971)

GP | | Comedy | 18 October 1971 (USA)
Bunny is a penniless widow who blackmails a robber into teaching her the trade. Soon the pair starts a successful crime spree, and the cops aren't turning a blind eye.

Director:

Gerd Oswald

Writers:

Stanley Z. Cherry (screenplay), Coslough Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Bunny O'Hare
Ernest Borgnine ... Bill Green (Gruenwald)
Jack Cassidy ... Lieutenant Horace Greeley
Joan Delaney ... R.J. Hart
Jay Robinson ... John C. Rupert
John Astin ... Ad O'Hare
Reva Rose Reva Rose ... Lulu
Robert Foulk ... Commissioner Dingle
Brayden Linden Brayden Linden ... Frank
Karen Mae Johnson Karen Mae Johnson ... Lola (as Karen Rae Johnson)
Francis R. Cody Francis R. Cody ... Rhett (as Francis Cody)
Darra Lyn Tobin Darra Lyn Tobin ... Elvira (as Darra Lynn Tobin)
Hank Whickham Hank Whickham ... Speed
J. Rob Jordan J. Rob Jordan ... Policeman Nerdman
Herb Marlis Herb Marlis ... Lloyd
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Storyline

Aged Bunny O'Hare has just lost everything, the Bank of New Mexico which has foreclosed on her mortgage and demolished her house. What possessions of hers that were not repossessed by creditors were destroyed in the demolition. Bunny feels she cannot ask her adult children, Ad and Lulu, for help, as they depend on her. In reality, Ad and Lulu are ungrateful and selfish, wallowing in financial holes of their own making. The one person who seems to provide her some help in at least offering to drop her off wherever she may need or want to go is the man who gutted the house of the plumbing fixtures to sell in Mexico, while she doesn't know that he's really just trying to lose her anywhere. Things change when she discovers that he is William Gruenwald, an escaped convict who was behind bars for bank robbery. She offers him a blackmail deal which he has no choice but to accept: she won't turn him into the police in return for he teaching her how to rob banks. She figures that the Bank of ... Written by Huggo

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She's a Sweet Little Mother! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bunny und Bill See more »

Filming Locations:

Belen, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

In the background of their first robbery is the former Oñate Theater at 700 Dalies Avenue in Belen, New Mexico. As of 2017 the building is still there and has been converted into a restaurant. The First National Bank of Belen building used for the robbery has been demolished and is now a parking lot for another bank and a small park. See more »

Goofs

Jack Cassidy, as Lt Horace Greeley, is being honored at a meeting. The sign for it says Honoring...Horace Greely (sic). Later on he is sitting at his desk with the nameplate of Horace Greeley on it. See more »

Quotes

Bunny O'Hare: The bank took it away.
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References Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) See more »

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Leave It All Behind
Written by Billy Strange & Keith Roberts
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Patriarchy and Parasitism
20 July 2009 | by apassSee all my reviews

This film belongs to an enigmatic category I refer to as Extinct. No VHS or DVD release. Only a TV broadcast now and then. It deserves more, as do most extinct films: they should all be available for streaming or download on the web.

After seeing it yesterday on THIS, the new CBS digital broadcast sub-channel, I found Delaney's performance to be the highlight. Her ambivalent, playful acquiescence must epitomize the fate of countless intelligent women, even to this day. I'm no feminist, but I can empathize. She's clearly the superior cop. But the best she can do is gently nudge her male boss in the right direction. And when he errs, she can't correct him, lest he lose face. Civilization would probably be a hundred years further along by now if we humans weren't so rigidly patriarchal. Too many great women have been relegated to the sidelines. Including Delaney, whose film career apparently ended here.

Davis and Borgnine, meanwhile, help us understand the unfortunate issue of exploitative adult children. They've grown up, but they don't want to be independent. They happily parasitize their aging parents, who in Bette Davis' case, actually risk life and limb to procure infusions of cash in response to concocted, irresponsible excuses. Her progeny's utter lack of conscience was bewildering to me. I shudder to think how many elderly grandparents sympathize with Bunny's futile situation. There are probably millions of real-life parent-parasites in the world, preying upon their progenitors' unconditional affections.

This is a multifaceted film. Thanks to its stars, it's engaging too.


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