Byron Brubaker (hypathio7)Cleveland, OH
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Miller has a way of delving into the life of a real person through a very specific event in their lives rather than by trying to cover their entire life. This movie includes a lot of high praise for Capote's book In Cold Blood. It really is more about the man's most famous work rather than the man himself. After seeing this film, I read In Cold Blood. It is an intriguing true crime novel, but I appreciated it more having seen this movie first. The fact that Harper Lee and Jack Dunphy are portrayed as two of Capote's best confidants during this period makes sense, since the book was dedicated to them. Capote often talks about being truthful, and yet, we see him being two-faced as he claims to be friends with Perry Smith and seeks to complete his book for the fame it will earn him. "It's as if Perry and I grew up in the same house. And one day he stood up and went out the back door, while I went out the front." This quote, I think, represents the key to the complicated relationship between Truman and Perry.
I have seen this multiple times. I seriously don't think there is a single thing wrong with this movie. I understand that it is not 100% accurate with every historical detail. I've read Peter Burchard's book, One Gallant Rush, about the 54th Regiment, and learned that nearly every character in this movie is a composite. I'm all for making people aware of inaccuracies in historical pictures, because I think unrealistic, unauthentic, romantic portrayals of history can lead to bad movies and damage people's education, but sometimes I also think these criticisms are given too much influence. As a movie, as a work of art, this film is perfect in its message and execution. Powerful! Broderick's character Robert Gould Shaw was a Unitarian, which makes sense and adds even more meaning to the story for me. Emotional! There are several scenes that make me tear up every time. But it also makes me feel like fighting for social justice, like standing up proudly with character and strength of heart to better the world! "We are all MEN, aren't we?!"
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I've read all the books, and even though it takes liberties with a few things, I still love it. In this most well-known adaptation, the special effects for the time, the technicolor, the quotable lines, and the simple values of brain, heart, courage, and home are what make it great. It'll always be my favorite!
This was a Disney after-school TV series, but the first few (to-be-continued) episodes were edited together to make this feature length video. It's not what you'd expect from a Disney cartoon- it's darker, more dramatic, a great mix of sci-fi and fantasy. As the series progresses more and more mythical and Shakespearian characters pop up and many Star Trek actors provide their voices. From animation voice actor regulars like Thom Adcox-Hernadez, Kath Soucie, Ed Gilbert, Bill Fagerbakke, Jeff Bennett and Frank Welker to more familiar faces like Clancy Brown, Edward Asner, Sallie Richardson, Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Frakes and Keith David the cast is stunning. I stand by my 5-star rating for the story of these heroes!