“I don’t want to hurt anyone. That’s the first thing. I could have, but I didn’t… even though there have been several attempts on my life. My name is not important; I’m just a guy. Nobody pays much attention to guys like me. I don’t mean just because I’m a vet; I mean because my whole life has been directed by other people… I guess I let them. There’s a lot of people like me in this city, who don’t feel they have any control over their lives. A few weeks ago I got fed up; I couldn’t hold a job, I couldn’t put certain things behind me… my wife and I split up and my little boy’s… whatever. And then a friend of mine killed himself – he was a vet, a good American, all those things… and when he wasn’t useful anymore it was like he didn’t exist; it was like he was made out of glass and they just looked right through him, and that boy disappeared. I am staying in this park until nine o’clock Wednesday night – that is Veteran’s Day. All I want is for all of you to think about what is going on in your lives and in this city; about how you are treated and how you treat other people. I came here to say that one ordinary man can have some power – right now I matter, right now I make a difference, and I will NOT disappear. ” – Mitch
Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 Times (cable in the 80’s and 9 Mar 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A disgruntled Vietnam veteran takes control of Central Park in order to raise awareness of the plights of veterans.
My Take on it – This is a movie that I recall seeing on HBO as a kid. I also read the book at least twice. I can’t remember if I read the book before watching the movie or vice versa, but my memory of both has probably been tainted in the 30 years since doing both.
In my mind this was a great movie with a great theme because it dealt so well with the plight and struggles of Vietnam veterans.
That was me 30 years ago.
Having rewatched it now, I must say that this movie is a mess.
Yes, it does have a great theme and message which is even more relevant today than it might have been back then, but it just doesn’t do the theme enough justice. I no longer could sympathize with the character as I recalled doing because it just seems too hollow here.
The one thing that I will always love about this movie is that it inadvertently gave away (to me at least) the plot of Die Hard 2 (1990). (If anyone wants an explanation to that line, drop me an email at email@example.com cause I don’t wanna give away spoilers for either movie).
I don’t know when and if I’ll have time or the chance to track down a copy, but I’d be very interested in -reading the book just to see if it (unlike the movie) will be able to live up to what I have in my memories.
Bottom Line – Liked it much more when I was a kid. Powerful message just not conveyed very well by the characters and actions in the movie. Book was much better as I recall.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie was filmed in Ontario. The helicopter sent into the park with the police sniper has a Canadian Registry Number, C-GLCD. A NYPD helicopter would have an US registry starting with the letter N. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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