One Million Times: Movies

I grew up thinking that Cary Grant and Gregory Peck were the studly-est of studs,

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Audrey Hepburn was the most gracious person in the world,

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Hitchcock was brilliant,

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Gary Cooper really was a cowboy,

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Katherine Hepburn was the ultimate feminist,

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and that I could commit thievery way smoother than The Apple Dumpling Gang.

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So when I recently read a series of articles on NPR.com that asked a variety of people what movie they could watch a million times, I began to wonder what mine would be.

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See, I grew up without cable and in a household that was very particular about what was acceptable to watch and what wasn’t.

I’ve seen everything Bogie and Bacall ever made, but I’ve never seen The Simpsons. 

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I know more about Petticoat JunctionGreen Acres, Get Smart, and Hogans’ Heroes than your average person, but just recently watched The Goonies and I don’t know who Michael Knight is.

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(El Guapo told me to put that. I really don’t know who that person is.)

So I started think about what my movie would be, and I couldn’t decide. There are so many great movies…but a million times is a lot.

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So here are a few of my picks.

Arsenic & Old Lace

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I had forgotten about this movie until a former student reminded me, but I think that maybe I could watch this one a million times.

It’s got it all: murder, spoof, comedy, and romance, served up with a side of crazy.

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Last of the Mohicans

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Possibly my very favorite movie. For a while now, a friend and I have been planning on reenacting various scenes while humming the music.

Some of those waterfall scenes look taxing, though.

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The Princess Bride

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The most wholly quotable movie ever.

Every possible situation in life has a Princess Bride quote to go with it.

Impatient?

“You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.”

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Feeling down about your boring job? There are always other opportunities.

“I’ve hired you to help me start a war. It’s an prestigious line of work, with a long and glorious tradition.”

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Feeling cynical?

“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”

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In love?

“Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.”

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How to Steal a Million

Long before George Clooney became Danny Ocean and robbed Vegas, Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn heisted a counterfeit statue with little more than a bucket, some bendy wire, and a boomerang.

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After watching that movie, I started carrying around my own “tools.”

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You know, just in case.

The Wilderness Family 1, 2, & 3

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Growing up I watched these movies over and over, daydreaming about moving to the wilderness and living off the land just like SKip Robinson and his family.

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In my mind, these were the epoch of survival movies. That is, until the last time Earth Momma and I went to the mountains and we rewatched some of them.

Whoo boy.

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Sometimes you just need to leave your childhood memories in the past.

Steel Magnolias

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I will always cry during that cemetery scene when Sally Field loses it.

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I will always laugh every time Ouiser speaks.

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And when I see an unfortunately tight outfit, I will always think of Clairee’s classic words:

“Looks like two pigs fighting under a blanket.”

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The Sound of Music

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I’ve been singing “I am fifteen, going on sixteen” since I was ten, going on eleven.

Charade

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The first real spy movie I ever saw.

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Even now, it’s still one of the best intrigue movies I’ve ever seen.

No Deposit, No Return

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You know how none of the movies you watched in childhood are the same when you rematch them as adults? That’s why I haven’t had the courage to watch this movie since I was a kid, but because of my very fond memories, I’m adding it to this list.

It’s everything you’d think a kidnapping movie starring Don Knotts would be.

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So what are your movies you could watch a million times?

suck it, martha.

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7 Comments on “One Million Times: Movies”

  1. Roger Riddle
    November 19, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    Star Wars episode 4

  2. Alyson
    November 19, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    forrest gump, fried green tomatoes, alm

    • November 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      I still haven’t seen Forrest Gump….

  3. Alyson
    November 19, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    ahh cut me off. almost famous. definitely

  4. the tailor
    November 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I could, and probably HAVE seen Wizard of Oz a zillion times.

  5. the tailor
    November 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    But for sheer beauty and enjoyment, A Place In The Sun. Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. Both stunningly beautiful and black and white! and who among us doesn’t get a thrill out of watching Shelley Winters drown?

  6. the tailor
    November 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Oh…yeah…and anything with my favorite porn star, Dawson. is that another catagory altogether?

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