Friends, I have once or twice on the site made a mention of how important it was in my household to make sure to catch Sneak Previews with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert – every Sunday night on our local PBS station. While obviously my Father and I didn’t always agree with the reviews of the two film critics, especially with genre films, we still enjoyed watching the series. Which meant of course we followed them when in 1982 Siskel and Ebert left the popular Sneak Previews over some contract rights, and began appearing in At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.
When watching the reviews of the new releases of the week by Siskel and Ebert – more often than not I would side with Roger Ebert’s verdict on the film in question. Although for what it might be worth, I can remember in particular disagreeing with his thoughts on 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Some of the fun of watching At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert every week, is it would often give me a glimpse at movies, that honestly would never be carried in my neck of the woods.
I am guessing that this full length episode of At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert aired around February 15th of 1985 as both Vision Quest and Turk 182 had just been released – with Mischief being released the previous week. Interestingly enough Blood Simple, which marked the directorial debut of Joel and Ethan Coen, had been released on January 18th – so I suppose it took a little time to make it’s way to Chicago for Siskel and Ebert to review?
So how do the films featured in this 1985 episode stack up in the eyes of the late and great Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert? Well, you just need to watch it for yourself to find out – although I will admit that I personally disagree with their views on Turk 182 as well as Mischief.