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My Side of the Mountain (1969)
Movie was huge Influence on me
I have to admit I have not seen this movie in 25 years, the fact I remember it from when I was about 10 years of age says something. In todays day and age this movie would frighten parents, to ride a bike you need a helmet (it's a law here now!) taking off for the day and only calling home when it's well after dark is unthinkable now. Yet I did these things and there was no controversy over it then. Yet this Movie I admit is extreme. This boy (Sam) leaves a note for his parents and makes for the mountains spends months up there in winter conditions and handles it all really well. This Story is unbelievable and unimaginable today, and probably is. Children are so sheltered today I doubt there is more then 1-500,000 kids who could pull it off now, but back then 1-200 could do just as this kid did. Survival, common sense, true bravery, self sufficient, and healthy. Today a kid would need to be a boy scout, and have been raised buy a hunter father, and i'm not talking about those guys who go out for a day, only to step out of there truck walk ten feet to bag there trophy. I respected Sam a ton, and I knew it would have been very tough to do what he did but I knew even then that it could be done. I couldn't have pulled it off at 10, but at 12 I knew I could, largely because Sam made me wanna learn to be that self sufficient.
The Warriors (1979)
One of my top ten favorite films
I wanted to see this film since I was a kid, 1979 I was still in grade school, My best friend and I would buy a ticket to see Bambi or some other Disney flick and sneak into the R films. But we couldn't get into "The Warriors". A security guard had been hired to keep locale gangs from starting trouble. So when we finally got to see it on VHS in about 1988 we ate it up! It quickly became a cult film for people my age. Plot is simple but fun, it's your basic story of a gauntlet that has to be run. Acting for this film was not a challenge, but for one exception - Deborah Van Valkenburgh plays "Mercy" tough role, and risky role, may have hurt her career even, hard to look at her in any other role and not remember this one. What makes this film is the action often very real, street fighters, bats, knives, anything at hand is used as a weapon. Also the sound track specifically Barry De Vorizon's mood setting music. You really get on the knifes edge watching this film. I own this on DVD and the sound track CD. It's worth it.