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A Great American Tragedy (1972)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  18 October 1972 (USA)
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A middle-aged aerospace engineer has his whole life changed when he is suddenly laid off from his job. Unable to find work because of his age and a bad economy, he watches his bills pile up... See full summary »

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A middle-aged aerospace engineer has his whole life changed when he is suddenly laid off from his job. Unable to find work because of his age and a bad economy, he watches his bills pile up, his wife forced to go back to work and his marriage start to break up. Written by Anonymous

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Unmatched Drama of the Unemployed
6 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I fully appreciate the dissatisfaction LebowskiT1000 posted about this film (I presume by his name, he likes the Coen Brothers and Terminator 2), I think he cynically dismisses an exceptionally compassionate and well-acted film about the experience of the unemployed middle-aged American professional because it doesn't provide easy answers and an idyllic happy ending. I wonder if Lebowski would pan "No Country For Old Men" because the innocents get killed and the murderer gets away in the end! That's reality, my friend! Anyone who's been "job eliminated" after 50 will tell you there are no easy answers and that happy endings sometimes take years if they are ever achieved at all. Your life gets royally messed up and it will never be quite the same. THAT is the POINT of what Lebowski has mistaken for a non-ending. The fear of NOT KNOWING whether life will ever be good again is a feeling this film's ending accurately represents. Most people live in denial as if it could never happen to them and this film qualifies as true art by making them aware of what they already know, don't know that they know, and fearfully don't want to know. With unemployment hovering around 10%, this film should be released on DVD because it relates to millions. William Windom's supporting performance is sublime.


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