Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’93, cable. video, DVD and 29 Jun 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A prep school student spends Thanksgiving weekend watching over a disabled war veteran and gets a lot more than he expected.
My Take on it – I actually recall when and where I saw this movie. It was on the opening weekend of the first mall in Jerusalem in early 1993. My friends and I were ecstatic that we would finally have a multiplex to go see movies in. The problem was that the movie ended so late we had to walk the two miles back to our dorm because there were no buses at that hour and we couldnt find an empty taxi. 😀
I have seen this movie numerous times over the years and am always moved by the strong message about being yourself and that integrity is such an important quality in life.
Al Pacino plays his character completely over the top, but there is no way to argue against the fact that he is still amazing. His character will always be iconic especially for his famous Hoo-Ah that we all know and love.
Pacino won a best actor oscar for this role.
The most memorable scene is obviously when Pacino dances the tango with Gabrielle Anwar.
Who can forget that?
The story isn’t perfect, but still enjoyable. I have always had issues with the spontaneous idiotic cheering and applause during the climactic disciplinary committee scene.
All I can say is Philip Seymour Hoffman and Chris O’Donnell were extremely young in this movie.
Bottom Line – Interesting story about being yourself and the importance of integrity. Pacino’s over the top performance won him an Oscar. The ending is done well, but the spontaneous applause seems extraneous at best. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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