Clore, you are totally right. Stewart doesn't exhibit any of his mannerisms in this picture, and it's all to the good. I like movies of attrition, if you know what I mean, ones where the members are picked off one or two at a time. The Lost Patrol for instance, which covers very similar territory, but in a more traditional way. I don't know why, but they always seem to work. This one goes much deeper than most... It's about reality and fantasy, and how they intersect, and it's about how the dreamers who actually make things happen can be the most insane individuals on the planet, something like Man in the White Suit. I love every deluded performance in the movie, especially Stewart's thorny one. He's a real guy faced with a terrible situation and he reacts as such. It ain't pretty, but it's so good.