January 21, 1996
For a documentary film maker, director Robert M Young has a remarkable capability
for the sensuous. In his "Caught" a young drifter is taken in
by fish store owner and his wife. Taking the place of their son who has
gone to LA to make in stand up comedy, Nick works in the fish store and
is a companion for Joe, portrayed by Edward James Olmos. Very quickly it
becomes evident that Betty, the hot and spicy Maria Conchita Alonso, is
looking for more than companionship from Joe. Arie Verveen as Joe is at
the center of a powerful movie and what makes it remarkable is that in a
cast of veterans, Verveen is a complete novice. Young discovered him at
an open casting call. I'm not sure if this is a case of a director capable
of creating a screen presence or of an actor commanding the audience to
take note, but the effect is the same. At the world premiere spontaneous
applause broke out at the end, and this is a tough crowd!
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