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“Taking Chance”. Kevin Bacon as a Marine officer escorting a deceased enlisted Marine. Thought he was getting a trip back to his hometown, but it turned out the young man came from way out in the middle of nowhere.
Got a little verklempt.
Uconnfan68, I've watched this movie three or four times and just loved it. It's so simple but so real in it's portrayal of human nature and emotions. The scene on the airplane where the young lady flirts with him and then finds out the reason for his being on the plane, the interaction with the people at the VFW and Chance's parents, so simple but so loaded with emotion. Great choice.
 

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It's a movie thread folks. And this particular movie has less to do with politics and more to do with sci-fi. Stop watching whichever news stations are feeding your narratives and talk movies please. JFC people!
1984 IS a movie that fits the description of this thread.

 
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So many great movies you’ve mentioned! Here’s a few more:
1) Gattaca: Powerful Sci-Fi sans effects. Its themes linger and haunt.
2) Peter Weir: Last Wave, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Year of Living Dangerously. Here’s how he earned the moniker “Mood Meister”.
3) A Midnight Clear: A passel of future stars in one of the most moving WWII films.
4) Meet the Robinsons: Disney embraces diversity in a clever, funny, and ultimately poignant story of an orphan (Surprise, right?!), but that is directed by one. Rob Thomas’ “Little Wonders” Is the perfect end theme; keep hankies handy.
5) The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch at his best in the moving and frustrating story of Alan Turing, the man who created modern computers.
6) Loving Vincent. Van Gogh story told in animation by >65000 oil paintings by 100 artists trained in his technique, based on many of his most famous works. Stunning achievement.
 
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Assassination Tango - Robert Duvall as a hired gun sent to Argentina to do a hit and learn to do the Tango- quirky
 

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Streets of Fire. Doubt many have seen or heard of this 1984 thriller/rock musical that was one of the first movies for dozens of top actors including Diane Lane and William Dafoe. Loved the songs from Jim Steinman, who wrote most of Meatloaf's hits. Recently saw it again and liked it so much, went to Amazon and paid $4 to buy the DVD. With its comic book style, very unique - most love or hate it.
Actually, Diane Lane started at the tender age of 14 in the sweet movie, A LITTLE ROMANCE (79).

 
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I liked the comedy "Dick"- it came out in 1999, two girls meet Richard Nixon- one of them is Kirsten Dunst. Funny movie, liked it a lot.
Boy, seeing young Kirsten in that makes me think of another film I like that featured another famous actress when just starting out- this time Nicole Kidman- the Australian film "Flirting" from 1991.
 

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Here's an obscure movie that you probably will not be able to watch. From 1974, when I first watched it in the theater, I thought it was very scary. Why? Because it could easily happen. Storyline: "Three Vietnam vets have become so conditioned to violence that they have developed psychotic tendencies. They kidnap people, brutalize them, then turn them loose and hunt them like animals." An early Peter Fonda role. Unfortunately, this movie has not been released to DVD. Sad. Read the attached reviews:

 

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If you have the opportunity, watch the companion movies THE EMIGRANTS and THE NEW LAND, from the early seventies. They really capture the hardships of mid nineteenth century living. "Sweden, mid-19th century. A farming family struggle with their rocky, unyielding land, and decide to embark on the arduous journey to new hope in America. " In the second movie, the Swedish family tries to establish a homestead in Minnesota. I don't know if the movies will feel dated, but they were powerful at the time.

Here's a young Liv Ulman, talking about the Director:

 
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Breaker Morant was one of the greatest movies ever made, and easily one of the greatest movies most people never saw.

Excellent catch!!!!
Bingo!

Right up there with "Paths of Glory' and "Gallipoli" among war movies focusing on the unsung soldier doing his job despite arrogant leadership.
 
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So many great movies you’ve mentioned! Here’s a few more:
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5) The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch at his best in the moving and frustrating story of Alan Turing, the man who created modern computers.
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You beat me to it by listing "The Imitation Game". I really liked this film. It is the story of Alan Turing, a mathematical genius who invented one of the first "computers" that allowed he and his team to break the unbreakable German Nazi "Enigma" code. It is based on a true story (but criticized by some for some historical inaccuracies). This man may have quietly been the biggest hero of WWII, as some historians say his breaking the code may have shortened the war by 2 years and saved 14 million lives! Interestingly, Turing and his team (along with British Intelligence folks) had to allow Germany to win some battles even though they knew what the Nazis were going do (too many Allied wins would make the Germans suspicious that their code had been broken and they would have changed it, leaving the Allies in the dark again.) I agree that Cumberbatch is excellent as Tuning and so is Keira Knightley in a smaller supporting role. Has she ever played a role in a film where she wasn't good to great?

Side note - if the Allies knew the German code, how were the Americans so badly surprised by Germany's late counter offensive in the Battle of the Buldge???
 
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A movie I saw a long time ago but got a real hoot out of was " A Polish Vampire in Burbank". They have some couple do a spot on version of Sonny an Cher. It was just listed as available for free on Tubi so I might check it out again. I will probably hate if because that sort of film has become really popular and there are plenty of them around now. This was on of the first horror Vamp parody=ies.
 

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'The Bad Lieutenant', starring Harvey Keitel
"Get me a Bud, a high-boy"

That was a great movie, Hope. Harvey Keitel deserved an Oscar for his performance.
 
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You beat me to it by listing "The Imitation Game". I really liked this film. It is the story of Alan Turing, a mathematical genius who invented one of the first "computers" that allowed he and his team to break the unbreakable German Nazi "Enigma" code. It is based on a true story (but criticized by some for some historical inaccuracies). This man may have quietly been the biggest hero of WWII, as some historians say his breaking the code may have shortened the war by 2 years and saved 14 million lives! Interestingly, Turing and his team (along with British Intelligence folks) had to allow Germany to win some battles even though they knew what the Nazis were going do (too many Allied wins would make the Germans suspicious that their code had been broken and they would have changed it, leaving the Allies in the dark again.) I agree that Cumberbatch is excellent as Tuning and so is Keira Knightley in a smaller supporting role. Has she ever played a role in a film where she wasn't good to great?

Side note - if the Allies knew the German code, how were the Americans so badly surprised by Germany's late counter offensive in the Battle of the Buldge???
"The Imitation Game" was five-stars and Turing, in real life, was certainly a major factor in saving lives and winning the war in Europe .. just as the Navajo Code Breakers did in the Pacific.
Turing's device at Bletchley Park was not a digital computer as such but more of an electromechanical device like an IBM tab machine. In 1936, Turing developed a blueprint for a working digital computer but never had the resources to actually build one.
When I first saw Keira in "Bend It Like Beckham"[luved it], I knew she would [eventually] be a star, eh?
 

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NO POLITICS. Stop immediately. No more warnings - bans will be handed out next
 
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The Ultimate Gift
A great 2007 movie you can watch it free in YouTube.


I agree, this was a splendid movie .... it didn't hurt to have James Garner in it but it definitely stood on it's own merits.
 
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The original "Bedazzled" definitely makes my list. "Rules of the Game" is a certified classic, I would think anyone knowledgable about classic film should be aware of it.

A couple more to check out. "Brigsby Bear", with a great supporting role for Mark Hamill. In my mind, this is a natural offshoot of a role for someone who played Luke Skywalker. Also, "Cold Comfort Farm", directed by John Schlesinger, and starring Kate Beckinsale just before she hit the big time, and Ian McKellen in a very nice supporting role.
Another movie that I simply loved was "And Justice For All" with Al Pacino .... what a brilliant movie
 
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Mr. Roberts was an exceptional movie .... Henry Fonda and Jack Lemon were superb ....
I am not a Jack Lemmon fan, but he is good in this one. James Cagney and William Powell are also quite good as well. By the way, "Mr. Roberts" was the last movie that William Powell was in, a good capper to an excellent film career.
 

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