30 May 2019 | tavm
The Grasshopper was one of Jacqueline Bisset's early movies
I first knew of this film 30 years ago when it was showing on HBO and I was just keeping the TV on that channel late at night just curious about what a movie called The Grasshopper was about. Actually, at the time, as a young teen, I only stayed passed the opening credits and turned it off at the end of that segment. I later read a review that spoiled many of the scenes but that didn't make me want to watch this right away. So it's now with my looking online browsing through various movies before stumbling into this one that I finally watched this. Jacqueline Bisset is quite a beautiful young woman and the role she plays here takes quite a few advantages of that face in many close-ups. She plays someone from a broken home running away at 19 as she hopes to meet her long distance-boyfriend and start a family with him in LA. But while hitching several rides, she temporarily is shown Las Vegas. All I'll say is that she experiences quite a few tragedies along the way in just a few years and leave it at that. Screenplay by Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson and directed by Jerry Paris, all of whom had previously collaborated on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" so it's not surprising there's some humorous scenes. Also, Garry's sis, Penny, is recognizable in one scene by her now-familiar voice. I also noted one song written and sung by a Bobby Russell and later found out another one was also written by him and sung by his then-wife Vicki Lawrence who was also on "The Carol Burnett Show" at this time. In summary, The Grasshopper was quite an enjoyable drama about how a woman's choices affect her life.