Movie-A-Day #54: Ulee’s Gold (1997).
Peter Fonda, who turns 71 today, is a terrific actor and an icon of ’60s counterculture cinema. But he is also uncompromising and makes idiosyncratic career choices, which has given him a career that has been spottier than most of his contemporaries’ work. After a string a great films in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he seemingly disappeared, only find a career resurgence in the 1990s wave of indie cinema. “Ulee’s Gold” – in which he plays a timid beekeeper trying to keep his dysfunctional family together – is one of the best of his later roles.