Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Memories linked with movies.

Wednesday: Point of View


Memories

Random memories attached to movie-going experiences.
  • My friend wringing the daylights out of her eyeglass case while we watched The Cowboys (1972). (I still dislike Bruce Dern for the role he played.)
  • Jaws (1975) came to a theater sixty miles from my theater-less town. I drove there with my car crammed full of friends. Safety in numbers. After the movie, the car wouldn't start. Lifting the hood, I leaned in to take a look. Suddenly I felt like my head was in the jaws of a shark and visualized rows of razor sharp teeth lining the hood. Freaked me out. I still cannot recall how I got the car started or how we got home. 
  • My husband and I went to Empire Strikes Back (1980). It was a gorgeous weekend in the Bay Area so we made an outing of it and shopped at some boutiques before getting in line. As we waited, and waited, we pulled out one of our purchases... a book of Garfield cartoons. We stood side-by-side, laughing, then finally sat on the curb to continue. As I started to turn a page a voice said, "Hold on, I'm not finished." We looked up to find others hovering overhead, also enjoying the book. Laughing with strangers while in line for a much anticipated movie. I love that memory.
  • Looking at my kids with suspicion after seeing Back to the Future (1985). Were they from our future?
But looking way back to the past, I treasure this...
  • When Follow Me, Boys! (1966) came out, we lived in a town with one theater, one screen. (Yeah. I'm that old.) The theater usually played a double feature, but when a movie was real good, they played it twice each night. I sat through the first showing with friends, then went to find my parents. Dad wanted to stay and watch it a second time. Hmm, go home, or stay? I chose to remain and sat next to daddy, nibbling on white peppermint lozenges pulled from his pocket. 
I would love to read about your treasured movie-linked memories.

8 comments:

  1. It was 1968, I was 11 years old and The Dirty Dozen came to our drive-in. My parents and my younger brother piled into the car, pulled in next to the speaker and munched popcorn while we watched Lee Marvin get the Dirty Dozen into shape for battle. All star cast, Clint Walker, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, George Kennedy and Ernest Borgnine. The movie made such an impression on me and my brother, that would pretend we were the characters and act out the movie. "What's your name?" "Number Eleven."

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    1. Thank you for sharing that! Ah, the drive-in theater. So great to get a carload of family in for one price. (At least that's the way I remember them... one price for carload, no matter how many people were in the car.)

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    2. When I was 10 years old (that was a long time ago, by the way), there was a drive-in movie theater behind our house in Seattle. I can't remember anything that was showing but we sure loved looking out the window when we were supposed to be sleeping.

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  2. Hello there.
    I think I've probably seen all the Indiana Jones movies!
    Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the rest of the challenge.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

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    1. Hello to you, too! Thanks for your comment. My favorite Indiana Jones movies were the first and third ones (Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Last Crusade.)

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  3. I love your movie memories. It's making me feel all nostalgic!

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    1. I think nostalgia was in the air yesterday. Several blogs I visited went down memory lane.

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  4. I went to see Leaving Las Vegas with two friends. Such a sad ending. As we were leaving the theater, one of my friends joked "anyone wanna go have a drink"? The answer as a definite NOOOOOO!

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