Donald White (donaldwhite1)Midwest City, OK
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This is a retelling of the Pygmalion story by Robert Shaw. Sandra Bullock plays a tough FBI agent instead of the cockney flower girl. Michael Cain plays a Beauty Queen consultant instead of Professor Higgins. It's also a spoof of the Miss America Pageant. In order to find a bomber who has threatened the Miss United State Pageant Sandra Bullock must go undercover as Miss New Jersey. William Shatner plays the Pageant host based on Bert Parks the long time host of the Miss America Pageant. It's a funny movie and Sandra Bullock is hot after the transition to Beauty Queen. I originally rented this movie on VHS. Recently bought the DVD because I wanted a Sandra Bullock movie and it was only five dollars.
This was the last of the MGM Tarzan movies. It's more of a comedy than an adventure film. All the previous Tarzan movies never had Tarzan leaving the fictional escarpment that he lived on in Africa. All the other Tarzan clichés are in this movie but they go to New York where Tarzan gets to jump from roof top to roof top until he gets to the Brooklyn Bridge where he dives into the river. That should have killed him but this is Tarzan and he survives without a scratch. I saw this movie many times on TV when I was a kid. One of the Oklahoma City TV stations used to show old Tarzan movies on Saturday afternoon right after all the Saturday morning cartoons. This one got repeated many times. When this movie was made New York was still a classy place and was the United States' front door to the world. There are a few stereotype black characters in the movie. They're there to get a comic reaction from Tarzan who thinks they are the natives from his African jungle. Most of the comedy is provided by Cheetah. I doubt that even in 1942 you could just walk around New York with an unrestrained chimpanzee much less board an airplane and walk into the country with an unregistered chimp. I'll bet this movie is so politically incorrect today that they wouldn't show as a kid's TV show.
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This is the action adventure movie all others are compared against. The story is set in an exotic Greek island location during World War II. A small group of commandos on a desperate mission to destroy a set of German coastal guns that stand between the British Navy and thousands of outnumbered British soldiers trapped on a Greek Island near Turkey about to be captured by the Germans. The movie is set in the spring or early summer of 1941 after the British had suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Germans in Greece and Crete. It is a true fact that the British barely were able to evacuate their defeated troops to Egypt before they were taken prisoners. The rest of the story is fiction. There is no Island of Navarone and the Germans never installed any big guns in Greece. Unlike many war movies, the Germans speak German to each other, not English. The violence is quick and brutal. There is no waste of ammunition for the sake of typical Hollywood action. The bullets don't explode, they just poke holes in people killing them. The special effects were good in 1960 but today it's obviously done with models. The story explores the morality of war and the duty of a soldier. When the mission commander breaks his leg his second in command must choose whether to sacrifice the life of his friend or the success of his mission. Later when a traitor is found in their mist they must decide whether she should live or die. I first saw this movie on TV when I was a kid. I have a Laserdisc version that was made with a faded copy of the film. I later bought the DVD which has a crisp cleaned up picture and is in wide screen format with much better sound. Best quote, "Are you sure it will work?" "No guarantee but the theory is perfectly feasible."
This movie is long and intense. It starts out good with an excellent battle sequence at the VC village. However, as they move upriver the historical accuracy gets lost. I don't think the American servicemen were as undisciplined as depicted in this movie. I also doubt that the Southeast Asian people were as primitive as shown in the movie. But this story was about 19th century Africa and not Vietnam. The ending on the DVD is not what I remember from the movie theater. I first saw this movie at the Cowboy Mall in Stillwater, OK. It was a strip mall north of the OSU campus that was new at the time and was the first multi-screen theater in Stillwater. This movie came out about the same time as Star Wars and is as dark and depressing as Star Wars was fun and uplifting. Redeux is Longer version of a good movie This version is longer and just as intense. Added a little sex left out of the original. The discussion about the history of Vietnam is interresting and reminds the viewer that this is a Vietnam War movie and not an African adventure film. This movie is worth watching more to remind people what was going on in the late 70's than during the real war. Oh Yea, the music is excellent.