Ernest Borgnine’s Last Film


Oscar winner Ernie Borgnine (Marty) always brought heapings of zest to his roles, even when the film involved was absurd neo-drek like the generation-gap satire Bunny O’Hare, so I usually seek out his twinkle, despite his appalling views on gays.

(How’s that for complicated feelings?)

Well, his last film–The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fernandez–is available April 30th on DVD/Blu-ray and May 14 on VOD.

Get this: “Ernest Borgnine delivers a memorable final performance as a retired radio DJ who has always dreamed of being a Western movie cowboy star. While recovering from a back injury at a Latino-staffed nursing home, he finally has an opportunity to act out his dreams of being a hero.”

I love a comedy-slash-fantasy set in a nursing home, and though I’d rather have shaken the hand of Vincente Minnelli, this could maybe possibly sort of be a hoot and a half. Besides, it’s the last chance to see Ernie in anything.

So check out the trailer and see if he still had the magic.