Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 May 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A man who became crippled which attempting suicide becomes friends with a group of disabled people who frequent a local bar.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never even heard of before and only came across while researching my quest to watch all movies featuring Oscar nominated performances.
This was such a great film since it does a great job getting to the very heart of the issue of true friendship during difficult times in one’s life.
They do a great job of developing the various characters which is not an easy feat since each of them suffers from a different kind of disability.
They are able to show how deep a friendship these characters have and their camaraderie is apparent the entire time.
Each of these characters have various handicaps and it actually helps them bond as a group.
The cast of this film is great and both John Savage and David Morse do wonderful jobs in their somewhat complex and difficult roles.
As a fan of The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), I loved seeing Harold Russell in another film and he is able to add a level of poignancy to these characters.
Diana Scarwid was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance here and she was quite deserving of this kind of accolade for this role.
She is able to show the potential vulnerability that some people might feel in certain kinds of situations.
The arc that her character has is one of the best in the film and that has much to do with the fact that it is so easy to relate to this kind of character and it feels very grounded throughout.
Bottom Line – Great film that really gets to the heart of the idea of what are true friends really like. The characters are all developed quite well and the way that they are all presented shows how deep their friendship and camaraderie is. The various handicaps of each of the characters helps each of them form a bond with the group as they all become quite close while trying to help one another. The cast is great with Savage and Morse both doing splendid jobs with their somewhat difficult roles. Great seeing Russell in this film and he adds a very poignant feeling to the group of disabled friends. Scarwid was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role and we get to see how vulnerable a person can be in certain situations. Her character arc is among the best in the film and is easy to relate to because it’s so grounded. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #1- Harold Russell’s first film role since his dual Oscar-winning performance in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), a gap of about thirty-four years. Director Richard Donner persuaded the double amputee to take a sabbatical from his work as head of the US President’s “Commission for Affirmative Action on Hiring the Handicapped” to appear in the key supporting role of Wings. (From IMDB)
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #2 – Donner’s biographer James Christie relates how the director confused Cinematographer Kovács with his fellow Hungarian Vilmos Zsigmond, referring to him as “Vilmos” repeatedly. When Zsigmond dropped by the set to visit, Donner had T-shirts made up that read “MY NAME IS NOT LÁSZLÓ” and “MY NAME IS NOT VILMOS” for each of them. Later they switched shirts and confused everyone. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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