If anything, Sydney Pollack’s legacy isn’t his roster of great character acting roles, nor his reasonable slate of directorial work. It’s his work as a producer – the most thankless of roles in the business, often unfairly dismissed as “money men” when the best producers are the most passionate hands-on creators of them all. The Talented Mr. Ripley, Sense and Sensibility, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Searching For Bobby Fischer – every one with his hands on it.
But this is probably his greatest single work: a timeless comedy.
There are worse legacies, by far.