When Terence Stamp (”The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”) played a low-rent British con sent to prison in Ken Loach’s 1967 feature debut, ”Poor Cow,” he hardly thought his Caesar-haired visage would come creeping back to the big screen in 1999.
But Soderbergh and screenwriter Lem Dobbs were inspired enough by that film to incorporate footage of it into this haunting thriller. Stamp plays the same character, now in L.A., out of prison and hell-bent on avenging the death of his daughter. Every so often, ”Poor Cow” clips are used as artful flashback scenes. How did Stamp like seeing his old self again? ”It was rather like an inner vision,” he says, ”my own past incorporated into the present. It was a little spooky.”
The movie was a different sort of flashback for Fonda (”Ulee’s Gold”), who plays a sinister record executive straight out of the Age of Aquarius. ”I knew guys like that in the 1960s all too well,” says the ”Easy Rider” star. ”They liked their music loud and their women young. When I told people what role I was playing, they started calling the film ‘The Slimey.”’ BUZZ FACTOR: 3