The website DenofGeek has named two of Treat’s films as some of the most under appreciated of 1984. In the list, they name FLASHPOINT where Treat played the part of Ernie Wyatt, and the film ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA where Treat played the part of James Conway O’Donnell. Here’s what DenofGeek had to say.
Here’s a brilliantly paranoid throwback to the conspiracy thrillers of the Nixon era – most obviously Parallax View. The chance discovery of a corpse and a partly-buried jeep reveal long-hidden links back to the assassination of John F Kennedy, which spells all sorts of trouble for the Texas cops who unearth the whole affair. Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams star in a thriller told by director William Tannen in taut, terse fashion.
3. Once Upon A Time In America
Sergio Leone’s sumptuous, punishingly long drama about organized crime in New York was subjected to a brutal edit for its North American release. Chopped down from 229 minutes to 139, the edited Once Upon A Time In America was scorned by critics for its lack of coherence, and largely shunned by audiences. It was a cruel fate for a superbly acted and mounted film, with Robert De Niro and James Woods both magnificent as Jewish gangsters climbing the ranks of Prohibition-era Manhattan.
If you can’t spend the near four hours of attention the film requires, our advice is to watch it in two parts. Woods once described Once Upon A Time In America as Leone’s finest film. He may well be right.