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That was the boastful phrase uttered by Walter Matthau to everyone else at
the gathering; he stood before them snapping his bullwhip in air, its
cracking part of an old cultural ritual where a man stands before the tribe
boasting of his might.
This movie is totally underrated--not only does Matthau give one of his best performances in a smaller role, but there is tons of folklore and history in this gem.
This film addresses the questions of faith, and the afterlife, and the
possibilities of a god. The answer is not really given in the ending.
But this is of course the ultimate thinking man/woman's film.
It confirmed my atheism.
This is an "idea" film with a plot. It is deeply existentialist, and tries
to drive home the point that we are alive and that this is beyond
miraculous, that we must each make our way in this cold universe,
dependent upon no one else. Through life is is hard, and we face death at
the end, the struggle to survive is also deeply satisfying.
Holden's character Patrick Foley passes these concepts onto the boy played by Schroeder. The photography is magnificent; the acting is good. The script is incredible. A truly underrated movie.