James Stewart stars as a railroad man hired to secretly carry a payroll despite his suspected connections to outlaws
Pacino, winning his first Best Actor Oscar after four previous nominations, is powerful as an embittered, blind ex-Army colonel, whose capacity for wine, women and song causes much distress to his timid young charge and foil (O'Donnell).
More than Vittorio Gassman in Profumo di Donna (1974), the film on which this is based, Pacino manages to shift smoothly from comedy to pathos, making the antipathetic character seem fascinating. He is also completely convincing as a blind man.
However, the film is weakened by the rites of passage and college movie parallel plot involving the sympathetic O'Donnell.
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