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A retrospective on the life and career of actor Gary Cooper, includes memorial scenes from his best films. Narrated by Clint Eastwood. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Clint Eastwood ... Host

Gary Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)

Ernest Hemingway ... Himself (archive footage)
Sandra Shaw ... Herself (archive footage) (as Rocky Cooper)

James Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Richard Schickel 
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(in alphabetical order)
Richard Schickel  writer

Produced by
Carol Rubinstein .... producer
Richard Schickel .... producer
Original Music by
Arthur B. Rubinstein 
Cinematography by
David Myers 
Film Editing by
Murray Jordan 
Sound Department
Paul Schremp .... audio mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jay M. Huntoon .... videotape operator
Editorial Department
Michael Kelly .... on-line editor
Other crew
Mia K. Boyle .... production assistant
Maria Cooper Janis .... consultant
Marvin Eisenman .... researcher
Howard Green .... researcher
Richard Brooks .... acknowledgment
Georgia Cooper Burton .... acknowledgment
David Douglas Duncan .... acknowledgment
Marie Rugiero .... acknowledgment
Sandra Shaw .... acknowledgment (as Mrs. Gary Cooper)
James Stewart .... acknowledgment

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47 min
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A career and life story of Gary Cooper, deeply moving through its very simplicity, 15 February 2006
Author: virlogeuxhm from France

Exclusively for Coop's lovers, though Clint Eastwood very strong though unobtrusive presence is a great asset of this very good documentary film. It is a biography of Gary Cooper, based mainly on his filmography, but also on more private archives, which show him as a child, as a young man, as a family man, with some of his friends (Picasso, Hemingway, etc.), as an older man, finally as a sick and close-to-death man. After "the end", I did not have the feeling that I knew the man any much better. But I have spent a very good moment, re-viewing many of the best moments of his movies; and my respect for the very talented actor and great professional was increased tenfold. The film shows, most interestingly, how the career of Cooper can be paralleled with the evolution of USA society before and after WW2. Two of the great moments are the time when Cooper has to answer justice about communism in the movie world; and when James Stewart (a very great one, too) received an Award for Cooper one month before his death. I'm not a weeping pot, but... that was a close one! Watch it, if you can: it is so much worth while. ... If you love Cooper, that is. Or an older America...

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