On Aug. 8 at The Sentient Bean, the Psychotronic Film Society’s award-winning weekly series of underrated or downright obscure features from around the world continues with a real guilty pleasure of forgotten exploitation filmmaking: the gritty crime thriller “The Glove.” This rare public screening of the 1979 low-budget grindhouse flick coincides almost to the day with the 83rd birthday of its star, Golden Globe-winner John Saxon (aka Carmine Orrico), one of the hardest working leading men and character actors in film and TV from the 1950s through the present day.
Saxon plays a down-on-his-luck ex-cop who’s scraping by as a low-rent bounty hunter. In an attempt to pay his overdue child support and prevent losing shared custody of his young daughter, his character agrees to hunt down an imposing escaped convict (played by ex-pro football star Rosey Grier) who has stolen a lead-filled “riot glove” and is using it to beat to death each of the prison guards who abused him with it mercilessly in the joint.
Filled with surprisingly naturalistic performances from a cast which includes Joanna Cassidy (“Blade Runner”) and Keenan Wynn (“Dr. Strangelove”), it’s a cult film in search of a cult. The PFS presents a full, uncut widescreen print. 8 p.m. showtime, with discounts on craft beer and organic wine during the show.