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The palm reading / scar scene


I'm a big fan of this film - have the DVD and watch it every few years.

The scene where Ruth Gordon is reading Ricky's palm and sees the scar gets me every time. Something about the way she delivers her lines there - really awesome.

Great film from an era when great films were made.

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Me too -- I'd echo everything you said.

The thing I love about that scene is that until now, Grandma's just kind of been cool-wacky fun Grandma. But when she handles Linderman with such gentleness and sympathy, we see what a deep soul she is at heart, and how much she masks with humor.

I thought it was a lovely scene and beautifully acted by both Gordon and Baldwin.



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Yep. "You're among friends." great scene

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That's it! (sniffle)

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"I keep thinking I'm a grownup, but I'm not."

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I love Ruth Gordon in this film, her character is just wonderful. This scene is fantastic.

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It shows how sometimes you just need a kind word and someone to lean on, even if it's for a minute of two.

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Exactly.

Look what just a few moments of empathy do for Linderman here, with Clifford and with Grandma and his father. It's wonderful and truly touching.

The main thing that always gets me with this movie is how exhausted Linderman looks -- a kid in this adolescent/rapidly growing big body. And he looks so damn tired.

But then Clifford draws him out, gives him a friend and makes him laugh, and he blossoms visibly.

It's a wonderful movie at heart. I loved it as a (bullied) kid. I love it even more decades later.

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It was even better because it was, "Open up, Ricky, you're among friends." So it simultaneously meant to open his hand and to open up in a larger sense.

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Beautiful point -- I totally agree. Such a special little movie.

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Ruth Gordon was an amazing actress. Have you seen her in Harold and Maude? If not, you need to.



RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman 1967-2014... a tremendously great and talented actor.

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Yeah. That was a very touching scene.

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I couldn't agree more. Great scene. Beautifully acted.


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Just saw the film, it was a great film. I came to this board to talk about this scene as well, the "your among friends" line really hits, and for me I took it as it was between her and him, and Clifford being too young or naïve to even know what they were talking about. If you remember he asked him what happened, the grandma knew, I'm not sure Clifford picked up on it

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I took the scar another way - the result of either a knife fight or an attempted suicide [probably out of guilt from his brother's death]. Neither of these are explored, but the knowing look she gives him, other than acceptance, I thought was realization that the big tough guy has a wounded soul.

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A knife fight never crossed my mind. Where the scar was I felt was a clear indication that he made an attempt on his own life at some point because he couldn't live with the guilt over his brother.

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I hated the whole hotel, and grandma scenes. I guess I was expecting this to be an 80's explicit high school flick, but it felt like a Disney movie to me.

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While the hotel and grandma scenes were not my favorite, I never got that disney feeling

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Well compared to Class Of 84', Wild Life, Suburbia 83' this felt like a Disney pic, the whole cheesy soundtrack and feel good moments.

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I guess, but those are different kinds of movies.

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Ya I was always under the impression this was a radical 80's wild high-school flick

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Nope it's head n shoulders above that kind of movie.

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