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Anyone else love this movie?


Is there anyone else out there that loves and appreciates this film as much as I do?

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Oh yes, I do. I saw this on TV in the '60s when I was 10 or 11 and although I didn't fully understand everything, it left a permanent impression on me. I've since seen it many times, and introduced its greatness to my film-buff 24-year old son. It's a masterpiece in every way.

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Yeah it is fantastic. Rod Steiger should have won best actor for his performance

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Thanks to Olive Films' new Blu-ray, I watched the film today for the first time (although I recall when it was playing a local theater when I was a youngster). Great film, I can't believe that it wasn't nominated for a boatload of awards.

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Yes, just finished watching it again tonight on TCM and it is a travesty that Rod Steiger did not win the Academy Award... Instead, Lee Marvin won for playing a drunk in Cat Ballou... go figure. What does that say about the Academy....

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Yeah I want to get the blue ray so bad!!

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Too bad there are zero extras on the Blu-ray. Very disappointing given the importance of this film. No trailer, no art work, zero. You have two choices, PLAY and CHAPTERS, that's it!

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I have just seen it on TCM, but have remembered it for the several decades since I last saw it. The scene with the pregnant girl trying to pawn her engagement ring is one of the saddest things I have ever seen.

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I agree. Very sobering and powerful

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I just saw the movie for the first time last night on TCM. Powerful movie. Excellent in so many ways. I can't believe it didn't receive more awards. It seemed like an almost perfect movie - the cinematography, the music the acting of the minor characters besides the stellar performance of Steiger. I just can't say too many good things about it.



Who is Keyser Soze?

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Steiger should of had that best actor oscar.

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One of the Top 3 of that year. Steiger should have won Best Actor. Loved Juano Hernandez, as well, as the old guy who liked to come in the pawnshop to talk.

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There are so many great things about this film, but I'd like to say that I love the editing. I really don't know much about editing, but there are so many places in the movie where I thought, "Man, that was perfect timing. It wasn't just the quick flashbacks, either - for example, there's a scene where the subway door slams shut that's really jarring because of the way it's cut.

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