Of Norman Mailerís few excursions into filmmaking, Maidstone (1970, 105 mins.) is his most memorable. Filmed in a mock-verite style, Mailer plays Norman T. Kingsley, an art-house director working on a production in the Hamptons. He is also being considered as a Presidential candidate, prompting reporters, delegates, and his violent brother (Rip Torn) to interrupt the already frenzied show. If youíve been longing to see Rip Torn attack a legendary American writer with a hammer, Maidstone was made for you. ďA sometimes hilarious, often boring but always adventurous ego tripĒ (Vincent Canby, The New York Times). This is joined by Wild 90 (1967, 81 mins.), in which Mailer plays alongside Buzz Farber and Mickey Knox as a trio of gangsters in hiding, and Beyond the Law (1968, 84 mins.), wherein Mailer is on the opposite side of the law playing an Irish cop over the course of one night in a Manhattan police department. With Rip Torn and George Plimpton.
Norman Mailer---USA---1967-1970---270 mins.