Robert Duvall: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

The man that loves the smell of napalm in the morning.

Without any degree of hyperbole, Robert Duvall might be one of the most underrated "great" actors of all-time. That's to say, he's been around forever, has consistently delivered great, memorable performances, and yet he still has the tendency to fade into the background - you don't tend to think about him until he turns up in something and reminds you of how good he can be. Which absolutely isn't a way for us to discredit this fine actor, whose body of work pretty much speaks for itself and offers up a deft showcase of acting talent. Duvall has been part of the cinema scene for over 50 years, and has also worked as a writer, producer and director, though he is best known for his acting performances. Now, he's perhaps best remembered for notable turns in movies like Apocalypse Now (he got to deliver the film's most famous line: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning") and the first two Godfather movies, in which he played the Corleone's lawyer, Tom Hagen. But there are tons of wonderful roles scattered across the years... and a few duds, too. To celebrate the release of his latest film, The Judge, which sees the veteran actor - now 83 years old, would you believe? - starring alongside Robert Downey Jr., join us as we take a look at 5 Awesome Performances and 5 Performances That Sucked...

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.