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A piece of Americana ! Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah!
OK, here's my story about this film. I grew up in the 60's when we got to see older movies on the TV, that had been edited for time and content. That's where I first saw "They Shoot Horses Don't They?" on late night TV. It was one of those films that my Mom let me stay up to watch with her. I remember not understanding the title back then, but I remember being amazed by the film's story, even at a very young age. I was a big fan of Michael Sarrazin who I had seen in "Frankenstein The True Story", and the eerie, "The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud". Along with Jane Fonda, Red Buttons, and yes, The Munsters Al Lewis. I hadn't seen it again until I found a used copy in a store the other day. This time I was again blown away by it!
It is the story of dancers competing in a dance marathon during the days of the depression in the United States, and what they go through for the "entertainment of the crowd" and the winning prize money. The performances are totally engaging,and director Sidney Pollack is at the top of his game on this one! It was nominated for nine academy awards, and is a stunning period piece of Americana.
The entire cast is a perfect mix for this film including, Gig Young, Susannah York, and Bonnie Bedelia. You'll be as exhausted as the competitors following this one! Don't miss it!! By the way, I understand the meaning of the title now too.
The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)
It still holds up
I loved horror movies as a kid and still do. I was taken by my parents to see this movie at the theater when it opened in the early 70's. I think I was around ten years old. I remember watching what I thought was a documentary. I was so creeped out by it that I slept on the floor next to my parents bed. I never got over it, it really creeped me out! I haven't seen it since that first time. I just bought a copy of the DVD, and although I wasn't scared anymore, all those old memories came rushing back!! I really love old 70's horror movies. They bring back a strong feeling of nostalgia. It may not be a great film, but it still holds lots of memories of what scary used to feel like, the music, and the style of film will never be duplicated. FUN!!