Gut Rumbles

November 21, 2003

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In response to my Friday Five, Matt wrote:

4) Name a movie that made you cry (and if you say "I never cried over a movie, you should be dragged off and shot, you heartless shit!)

'October Sky' with Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Cooper. True story (based on Homer Hickam's book The Rocket Boys) of a group of kids from a coal mining town who discover model rocketry after the Russians launch Sputnik. The lead character's father is a hard-bitten old coal mine supervisor, who wants his younger son to quit playing games and accept the reality of his future. Kid perseveres, keeps building rockets and wins college scholarship (and out of the coal town) in the end.

The scene that will kill you is at the very end, when the father who had avoided all the son's rocket launches shows up for the big one, watched by the entire town.

Kid hands father the controller and says "You know, it won't fly unless somebody pushes the button. It's yours if you want it." Father presses the Launch button, and side by side they watch this beautiful rocket streak to the stratosphere.

Me and my best friend, both big, burly gun-owning he-men were both snuffling and wiping away tears at this scene. Absolutely wonderful movie that I can't recommend highly enough. Shit, I'm getting misty just thinking about it.

When I was laid up after prostate surgery, my mama gave me a copy of that movie to watch one night. "You'll like this one," she said. I LOVED it. I identified with the coal-mining scenes and I wound up with tears in my eyes and snot running out of my nose at the end of the movie. I recommend that one to ANYONE with half a heart and a faith in the human spirit.

And if you DON'T mist up at the end, you need to be dragged off and shot, you heartless shit.


I kinda forced my husband to watch it. He had tears runnin' down his face (he also had a difficult relationship with his daddy).

I got all misty over "We Were Soldiers Once, and Young".

Posted by: SwampWoman on November 21, 2003 12:09 PM

Crazy, but who cares?

Field of Dreams

A man (Costner) meets his dad when his dad was a young man, and all on a baseball diamond of dreams.

We should all be able to meet our fathers when they were as young as we were--we might understand much more in life.

James Earl Jones and his famous Fenway line "A dog and a beer" just made it that much sweeter.

The game of catch between younger father and older son was a box of kleenex all by itself.


Posted by: jb on November 21, 2003 12:25 PM

The Bridges of Madison County

I've watched that movie at least 10 times and it makes me teary-eyed every time. Meryl Streep, a married woman with two teens living in boring Iowa falls in love with Clint Eastwood while her family is away for 4 days. She thinks of leaving with Clint, but stays and does the right thing for her family. I get a big lump in my throat at the scene where she sees Clint in town, he's in front of her in his truck, and he waits at a red light hoping that she'll jump out of her truck and into his.
Great movie.

Posted by: Alaska Kim on November 21, 2003 12:56 PM

"October Sky" was the first movie I thought of for what movies made me cry. I was watching it and bursting out in sobs at points. It takes a lot for a movie to get me. It's such a quiet little excellent film.

Posted by: Donnah on November 21, 2003 01:23 PM

Bowling for Columbine

Just the mere THOUGHT of that fat fucking lying oozing tub of traitorous pussified pile of putrified vomit brings tears of rage to my eyes.


Okay, seriously ..... let's see.

Field of Dreams. *check*
October Sky *check*

But what's really moving for me was at the end of Saving Private Ryan, when was the aged Ryan, kneeling at the headstone of Tom Hank 's character, turns and asks his wife to tell him "am I good man? please tell me I was a good man...."

i cannot finish typing this, now

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Posted by: Jim on November 21, 2003 01:48 PM

Yeah, Jim. That one got me, too.

Posted by: Acidman on November 21, 2003 02:24 PM

Oh, man, "Private Ryan". I'd forgotten about that. I bought the tape the day it was released but its still in the shrinkwrap. Just can't bring myself to watch it again.

For me the surefire tearjerker of all time that I can watch repeatedly is, oddly enough, "The Black Stallion". Gets me every time. Like, what, Black's going to *lose* this time? I'm bouncing on the sofa cheering him on with tears streaming down my cheeks every damn time.

I'm sure its nothing that years of expensive psychoanalysis couldn't explain. Fukkit.

Posted by: John on November 21, 2003 03:33 PM

How could you leave out one of the all-time tear-jerkers: OLD YELLER!

If you didn't bawl like a baby at the end of that one...

Posted by: STEVE on November 21, 2003 03:59 PM

October Sky was a great movie that a lot of people missed.

Posted by: Jay Solo on November 21, 2003 04:01 PM


'Nuff said.

Posted by: Kim du Toit on November 21, 2003 04:08 PM

Lonesome Dove, two scenes:
The one where Robert Duvall's character and Tommy Lee Jone's character have a last talk as Robert Duvall lays dying. Also, the very end where Tommy Lee Jones walks through what's left of Lonesome Dove after he returns to keep his promise to bury Robert Duvall in his favorite spot. Powerful stuff.

Posted by: Lobowalk on November 21, 2003 04:19 PM

October Sky is excellent. It's been in my DVD collection for some time.

One of those films you take out on a rainy sunday afternoon and watch over a bowl of chowder.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on November 21, 2003 05:15 PM

Millenium Actress.

A recent Japanese anime movie with an admittedly weird title, but still one of the best movies I have ever seen.

If you don't sniffle at the ending, which was as beautiful and thought provoking as the rest of the movie, you are fortunate never to experienced a loved one passing away.

Posted by: Biased Observer on November 21, 2003 08:00 PM

Brian's Song anyone??

My big oaf of a father ran into the kitchen to "get a drink" and came back with red, swollen eyes at the end of that movie.

To this day he won't admit that cried.

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