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Wonderful Interview
3 February 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine (2009)

**** (out of 4)

The latest installment in the long running TCM series has Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine sitting down with host Robert Osbourne. This is certainly one of the most entertaining interviews I've seen in quite sometime as the 92-year-old actor is certainly still very sharp and full of wonderful stories. We get to hear stories about a wide range of legends including Spencer Tracy, Lee Marvin, Gary Cooper, Bette Davis, Sam Peckinpah, Frank Sinatra and many others. The wide range of films include Bad Day at Black Rock, From Here to Eternity, Marty, Vera Cruz, The Catered Affair, The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch and of course The Poseidon Adventure. It's rather amazing and refreshing to see how much energy and passion Borgnine still has because even though he's sitting down through the entire interview you can't help but see and feel the energy jumping off of him as he discusses his career. We also get some stories on how his mother convinced him to go into acting and a few of his failed marriages. Osbourne does a very good job at keeping the interview going and asking a lot of great questions but of course there's only so much they can cover in under a hour. There are many, many great stories here but my favorite has to be the ones dealing with Spencer Tracy who Borgnine would end up beating in the Oscar category one year.

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