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Million Dollar Baby

Finally, I saw the film, "Million Dollar Baby."

It was well-worth the wait.

What a film. What a story.

Yeah, you know I cried.

I had no idea what the "bad" part of the film was. When it arrived, it hit hard, and to the core.

btw: where's chumducky?

He suggested "Summer of '42" as a good tear-jerker.

Finally, I saw it last night.

It took me four tries. Yes, four attempts to watch the movie all the way through. The adolescent nature of the film was too much to stomach.

Thanks to chumducky strong recommendation, I gave it a final chance. If you can get past the adolescent silliness, you find it's a sad story.

It brought some tears on, but not the gush I've been looking for.



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Dec. 8th, 2005 09:22 am (UTC)
By luck, I'm right here...
The latest client has hauled me all over the country and I've not had time to journal, let alone read journals. Only by luck did i catch your post, since the contract has not yet wound down.

I have never seen, to my addled brain's knowledge, the movie "Summer of '42". I did see the sequel "Class of 44" (just looked it up).

I have strenuously recommended the book "Summer of '42". Are you sure i recommended the movie? If so; i must have been drunk...

The book is good, although i've not read it in years, I still remember some of the hilarity and the bittersweet coming of age.

Dec. 10th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
Re: By luck, I'm right here...
Qvacks', You had me doubting my memory ... but I just looked up the movie poll and comments posted.


You may have been thinking of the book, but recommended it to my assumption as the movie.

The story does seem typical of young boys' summer experience ... and it's neat to read that the author pretty much stuck to the facts.

Glad you saw this post!

peace, Guy.
Dec. 10th, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: By luck, I'm right here...
Probably my assumption as well. I don't think I've ever seen the movie "Summer of '42", but my sister insists I did. Go figure: too many years under the bridge. I know my copy of the book has gotten passed around very much.

"Lorenzo's Oil", which looks like another of my suggestions, is a movie and only a movie - one of the few I've ever purchased. You won't see any adolescent silliness, although the science (not science-fiction) gets a little thick at times. Like "Summer of 1942", "Lorenzo's Oil" is based on actual events - very loosely based though. The people are accurate enough.

Dec. 8th, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
Also interesting is this bit of trivia...
From IMDB:

Though author Herman Raucher admits to moving the order of certain events around and interchanging some dialogue, the movie is (according to those involved) an accurate depiction of events in Raucher's life in the summer of 1942 on Nantucket Island; he didn't even change anyone's name. He began writing the screenplay as a tribute to his friend Oscy, who'd been killed in the Korean War, but midway through writing it Raucher realized that he wanted to make it a story about Dorothy, who he had in fact neither seen nor heard from since their last night together as depicted in the movie. Raucher admits that in all the time he knew her, he never bothered to ask her what her last name was.
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