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Borgnine, Blassie & Link

Three videos about media figures. In the longest, Jeff Krulik's Ernest Borgnine on the Bus (1997), the 75-year-old actor takes a cross-country trip in his new luxury vehicle, showing us its “southwest style” interior, visiting a shoe factory, and drinking a beer in a toast to “America.” Borgnine spouts lines such as “Did you ever see so much corn in all your life?” but Krulik's trademark focus on utterly ordinary people and places, which Borgnine shares, is as appealing as his rambling, antislick approach; it's hard to believe this was intended to be a TV-show pilot. In Elliot Klayman's Mr. Blassie Goes to Washington (1995), retired wrestler and “King of Men” Fred Blassie advocates replacing the Washington Monument with a statue of himself, seems ignorant of the cause behind a protest against the FBI's raid on Waco, and yells “Hey, Bill!” at the White House. His reference to congressmen as “pencil-neck geeks,” a line from a song he recorded, might work better if he seemed even marginally informed. On the same program, Krulik and Diane Bernard's I Created Lancelot Link (1999). 81 min.

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