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John Wayne on the Big Screen...Updated Info

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Hostile, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    There's a great old theater here in Tucson called the Fox Theater. Next Saturday night they are showing John Wayne in Hondo and 3-d just like when it originally premiered in 1953.

    I could not be more jazzed about seeing a movie.
  2. Big Dakota

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    Hos, only man to kill John in a movie?
  3. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    Bruce Dern in The Cowboys.

    However he also died in Sands of Iwo Jima (killed by a sniper), Wake of the Red Witch (dies underwater in a diving accident), The Shootist (killed by a bartender after killing 3 gunmen), Reap the Wild Wind (I forget how he dies), and The Alamo (killed by Santa Ana's soliders).

    He also dies in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, but he is dead as the movie starts and his role is a flashback.

    Still, your answer is Bruce Dern.
  4. Big Dakota

    Big Dakota New Member

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    I saw a deal on Dern and he talked about how he was disturbed to kill JW.
  5. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Bruce said that it effected his career. He beleives that he lost rolls in movies because they did not want to put the guy who killed John Wayne in their movie. By the time that passed, he was no longer in demand. He said he did several comedies, etc trying to get past it. He is a good actor= Silent Running to me is a true classic.
  6. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    Bruce Dern was a great villain.

    His performance in The Cowboys was outstanding, IMO.
  7. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    Wow. The tickets are 55 bucks apiece. My wife says she's not going now. More popcorn for me.
  8. heavyg

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    I love John Wayne. Thats one thing me and my father in law have in common. Once on a Saturday we sat and watched just about every John Wayne movie made (he has them on VHS). But $55 to go see a movie? I would have to think 2-3 times about that. :bow:
  9. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    I have a source at the radio station that I may be able to pull a favor for free tickets.
  10. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    In Reap the Wild Wind, he was killed by a giant squid.

    Don't forget,
    The Fighting Seabees
    The Sea Chase
    Central Airport
  11. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt °¤~Cold Eternal~¤° Staff Member

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    Agreed.

    He recently did a pretty good job playing in the HBO series Big Love.
  12. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    What is Central Airport? I don't think I've ever seen it.

    I forgot about Seabees. Good call.

    I didn't remember him dying in The Sea Chase, but I haven't seen it in 10 years.
  13. DallasCowpoke

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    He had an unbilled, non-speaking part, as a co-pilot in this film (released 1933). It features his first on-screen death in a plane crash.
  14. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    Thanks. I appreciate it. If they ever do the Searchers at the Fox I'm going to PM you an invite.
  15. Kangaroo

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    Now that was a movie with 2 great actors that did well together
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart hard to get much bigger Icons in film making.
  16. Big Dakota

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    Good series and a good role for him. He's really getting up there in age.
  17. Big Dakota

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    I loved his character in "The Burbs".
  18. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 RAWR

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    All right men, saddle up...:draw:
  19. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    Got my tickets. Can't wait to go see this.
  20. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    Oh man, was this ever fun. The Fox Theater is the oldest theater in Tucson. A few years ago they completely restored it. It looks amazing inside.

    So we get there and they have displays of stuff from John Wayne's estate. Including his hat and boots from this movie. He also wore this hat in Rio Bravo and that's when he "retired it."

    The whole shindig was catered. They had BBQ on biscuits and nachos and all kinds of stuff that I can't eat. Smelled great though.

    Then before the movie was aired 5 people were introduced and they sat on chairs on the stage and talked about the restoration of this movie. Leading the discussion was John Landis whose most famous films are "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers." Also present was Ron Shelton who is most famous for "Bull Durham" and "Tin Cup." Also present was Mick Garris who is most famous for the TV movie of Stephen King's "The Stand." A guy named Mark Sennet who produced HBO series "K Street" and Stephen King's "Desperation." Finally Gretchen Wayne. She is the widow of John Wayne's oldest son, Michael.

    Also present in the audience were two of John Wayne's children, Aissa and Christopher.

    This is the first of 20 John Wayne movies that they are bringing to the Fox Theater in 2008. Patrick Wayne, a Cowboys fan who is being invited to join this site, is coming for one of the future films. I'm not sure which yet. They are also doing this around the country so you might want to watch for them near you.

    Also coming in 2008 will be...

    "The Big Trail" (1930) John Wayne's first starring role.
    "Stagecoach" (1939)
    "The Fighting Seabees" (1944)
    "Fort Apache" (1948)
    "The Sands of Iwo Jima" (1949)
    "Rio Grande" (1950)
    "The Quiet Man" (1952) The next in the series, showing March 16th, the day before St. Patrick's day.
    "The Searchers" (1956) Shout out to DallasCowpoke, you are invited if you want to come.
    "Rio Bravo" (1959) The movie that revived Old Tucson as a film location.
    "The Alamo" (1960)
    "McLintock" (1963) Shout out to Chief, you are invited. I know it's your favorite.
    "El Dorado" (1966)
    "The Green Berets" (1968)
    "True Grit" (1969), His only Oscar winning performance though he was nominated 3 times.
    "The Cowboys" (1972) My absolute favorite. Great title isn't it?
    "Rooster Cogburn" (1975)
    "The Shootist" (1976) His last film before he died.

    Hot damn, what a night. The 3D stuff was great. It was kind of funny to hear the people's reaction to so much in this movie that was not Politically Correct. That's why it's a great movie, it's authentic.

    The 5 special guests shared stories about the restoration of movies, Hollywood, and some great ones about John Ford. One that I can't share with the forum, though it was classic.

    John Landis called John Wayne "the epitome of a great actor because he just dominates a film." He said his performance in "The Searchers" is the greatest ever for any character in a Western.

    Seeing John Wayne on the big screen was a rare privilege. One I hope to have 19 more times this year, as long as Dallas isn't playing at the same time.

    Oh yeah, I got my tickets from Shannon Black, a DJ on the local country station, KIIM FM 99.5. She just happens to be a Cowboys fan and has been invited to this site. She told me today she'll get me tickets to anything I want to go to as long as I keep her informed on the Cowboys stuff. She is beyond cool to do that for me.

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