Today sees the DVD and digital release of Squatters, a straight to video release by director Martin Weisz. The film follows a couple of homeless drifters, played by Gabriella Wilde and Thomas Dekker.
When they hear of a family who are going away on vacation, they move into their home, intent on making as much money from the property as they can before the owners return. The family, however, come home early… Squatters also stars Richard Dreyfuss as the man of the house, a welcome appearance by an actor who seems to be spending less time than ever on-screen. Dreyfuss, however, is a talented actor, with many memorable roles on his CV. Here, we take a look at six of the best.
American Graffiti (1973)
Dreyfuss’s first major movie breakthrough was in George Lucas’s love letter to his youth, and fifties American car culture, American Graffiti. The film followed three main characters, though many consider the core story to be that of Dreyfuss’s Curt, a young man about to leave town to go to college.
It is Curt’s last night town, but he’s not sure that he is actually going to leave. Dreyfuss is able to portray Curt’s conflict immediately, as he nervously tries to avoid taking his scholarship cheque. He spends the whole night chasing a mysterious blonde girl all over town after a chance encounter, gradually learning that there isn’t much left in the small town to keep him there.
Dreyfuss is fantastic in the role of Curt, a conflicted young man at a major turning point in his life. He is charismatic and likable, with a nervous energy constantly bubbling beneath the surface. A great calling card for Dreyfuss, which would lead very quickly to a couple of career defining roles.