|HE'S A STEALTH PERFORMERloyally serving the Corleone family, then stealing Apocalypse Now from Don Brando. Lately youve mainly seen him pick up paychecks in 60 seconds, but far below the Hollywood radar, he still finds low-budget opportunities to search for actorly truth. Hes Robert Duvall, great American actor.
The Great SantiniWilliam Goldman once defined the difference between a great actor and a mere star by pointing out how in the famous basketball scene, Duvall didnt pester the writer for some lines of dialogue that would make his macho SOB of a military dad likable.
True ConfessionsAn L.A. Confidential-like twist on the old gangster/ priest movies, with Duvall as a cynical cop investigating a murder connected to the connections of his monsignor brother (Robert DeNiro).
The Man Who Captured EichmannTV movie with Duvall perfectly embodying the banality of evil as the chatty, self-justifying Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
A Family ThingOld pro performances redeem Billy Bob Thorntons sitcomish script, in which Duvall discovers he is James Earl Jones half-brother.
The ApostlePowerfully steeped in gospel culture and utterly free of caricature, Duvalls spellbinding performance as a preacher on a wayward path to redemption was just too damn real for an Oscar.