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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by blowtorch, Aug 6, 2019.
What, y’all didn’t like Thin Red Line? Seriously???
Badlands AND The Thin Red Line are two of my favourite 'pictures'.
I love the Badlands soundtrack. Martin Sheen is the epitome of cool in that film, sorry picture.
And of course, he went on to star in the best film/ best war film/ best Vietnam war film ever...Apocalypse Now!
“Hey, I found a toaster.”
Filming commenced with Harvey Keitel playing Willard. It wasn't working out, so Coppola sent him packing and hired Sheen. Hard to imagine what it would have been like with Keitel as the captain. Weird. In "Hearts of Darkness" there is some footage of Keitel in the role, and it just does not look right.
This thing is outstanding. I never get sick of it.
I gotta catch it again. It's been a long time since I saw it. I grew up in a lot of small towns, they are different.
I had a couple super long conversations with a guy whose whole finished basement (which is supposed to look like some Bavarian gift shop/beer hall) is filled with some of the coolest pawnshop guitars of all time - all neatly arranged.
He also happens to have been in-country in early 1966.
I asked him about the most spot-on Vietnam movie he’d seen.
He said he had seen all of them and for him it was Platoon by a long shot.
He said he felt Apocalypse Now could have been a movie set most anywhere , at any time, with virtually the same plot.
Very nice guy and didn’t mind me asking questions.
Interestingly, I've talked to guys that have said just the opposite; that Platoon was somewhat over-the-top and borderline unrealistic in that it was sort of an "everything-bad-that-could-happen-to-you-in-Vietnam" jammed into two hours.
It's important to remember that the war was a constantly evolving thing/experience over the years that the US was actively involved there. Platoon does not really reflect what the American experience was like there in '66. It is more from the realm of '68/'69. Stone was there in the first half of '68.
As for the Apocalypse Now plot, I agree with your friend, especially seeing as how it's based on a novel set in the 1890's Belgian Congo. The war, itself, is really not the centerpiece of the film, but the setting. Good call on his part.
Anyway, back to Badlands with some related trivia: JD McPherson's old band from OK was called the Starkweather Boys.
beautiful look to this film too, loved the camera work.
I see his point exactly. It was based on Heart of Darkness that was set in Africa.
I was in a bar once & I asked my friend Bill if he'd seen Apocalypse Now. He replied that he didn't like war films.
And two of us said, in stereo, 'It's not a war film!'. Which was strange, but I said it's more of a psychological drama that's set on a boat...in Vietnam.
It's still my favourite film of all time & probably always will be.
Also love Platoon.
I love Badlands! Loads of great films in this era all with that distinctive pacing and minimalism you just don't get anymore (well, rarely...Drive did it).
I really loved Americana as well, if anyone remembers that one.
I remember when TTRL was being filmed. It seems that every actor in HW lined up to be in it. I have a DVD copy of BL. Need to watch it.
I went to Amarillo for work this winter and we passed through the area where this was filmed. It took me right back to watching the movie. All the little towns out there have a Main Street like this poster
Badlands is a picture I've watched a few times, every time it's on tv. It's one of my top ten for the '70s. The story is fascinating and the acting is so good. And then it's just beautifully shot.
I've watched the movie yesterday as i said, i really liked a lot, i haven't seen all Malick films but this one could easily be without doubt my favourite by him.