“Robert Duvall … is strong …, but I think he’s got the part wrong. He sounds and moves like a city tough… The name, career, ethics of this man are straight military pro. I kept wondering how this reformed ghetto type got where he is and married Danner.
“Danner is a lovely woman and actress, one of the best we have just now. I’ve been a slave ever since The Miser and Twelth Night at the Vivian Beaumont, 10 or 11 years ago, right through to her performance in Pinter’s Betrayal last season on Broadway. She hasn’t yet had a screen role good enough for her. In Santini sh’es once again better than the script. In one sequence her son reads a letter that she wrote himj on his 18th birthday. We hear her voice speaking it as he reads, and it’s eye-brimming.”
The New Repbulic, August ___, 1980