The 1970 film adaptation of Rabbit, Run, starring James Caan as Rabbit Angstrom and Carrie Snodgress as Janice, is now available from the Warner Bros. Archive Collection “on demand”—meaning that the product is manufactured when ordered from Amazon.com, Critics Choice Video, or another vendor. The film wasn’t highly regarded by the public, the critics, or John Updike, which may account for why it’s so seldom reviewed or seen, and why it’s part of the enormous archive of lesser and lesser-known films. But that’s a step up from 2007, when the Reading Eagle reported that the film celebrated native son John Updike and sealed Reading in a celluloid time capsule, but was all but impossible to find. Not so anymore. What once cost hundreds or even a thousand dollars is now in the $25-27 dollar range.
“I felt sad for the actors,” Updike was quoted as saying. “James Caan and Carrie Snodgress were terrific as Rabbit and his wife, and I always had a lingering hope that some day Warner might remake some of the weak scenes and then give the movie another push.” Spoken like a true, compulsive revisionist.