Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Monday, November 30, 2009

VENGEANCE IS MINE SAYETH JOHN WAYNE

This is the most spectacular and moving picture of all time. I watched it yesterday in celebration and remembrance of my Mom. Her 94th birthday would have been on Thanksgiving Day this year, November 26th. Watching this movie puts my mother right there in the room with me.

John Wayne was her hero and thus our hero. THE COWBOYS was the single greatest movie of all John Wayne ever made.

Children have to be forced to watch this old movie but they do not regret being forced once they see it. The granddaughters have loved it but our grandsons have all loved it especially.

If you have seen it, watch it again. If you have never seen it, you must do so immediately.

20 comments:

  1. When I was I kid, we would go on a house cleaning binge while we listened to 70s disco while she wanted to listen to Freddy Fender. To this day, the only time I listen to Freddy Fender is when I do spring and fall cleaning. That music inspires me.

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  2. I am a big fan of John Wayne and love the movie The Cowboys. My other favorite is Rooster Cogburn. He always reminded me of my grandfather.

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  3. What a sweet post! I haven't seen it, but I will. My friend Drew (Darth Weasel, link on my blog)have lamented many times that movies can't just have someone fall over after a gun does "bang!" like it did in these movies, rather than the nasty violence we have now.

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  4. Hi Annie,

    I have a friend who is a wedding photographer in Dublin, Ireland. He goes into many houses every week to shoot pictures of the bride in her home before leaving for the church.

    He wrote me recently that he had gone to the bride's home and it was a shrine to John Wayne!

    Every inch of wall space had a John Wayne poster advertising his latest film. There were John Wayne statues and a life sized photo of him that the bride stood next to have her picture taken.

    He was really a larger than life guy and made wonderful films that will be popular forever,and,as you can see, he was revered by people the World over....

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  5. I always enjoyed John Wayne and this is one of his best.

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  6. I have seen most of John Wayne's films over the years. I can remember this one, Thanks for reliving some memories.

    Yvonne.

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  7. Bonnie -- My children learned from me to do housework with the music blaring. Marrying Ron changed my ways because we don't like the same kind of music. Now I wear headphones while I work and can rock out! My mom was too busy working to take out time to turn on the radio -- besides it wasted electricity.

    Patti -- Oh yes Rooster Cogburn is the best! My mom always said her father-in-law (my paternal grandpa) had True Grit and she payed my spouse that same compliment. We all agreed that she probably had more "true grit" than any one.

    Riot Kitty -- This western movie has it's own graphic killing scenes but it's still worth the watch. I always select blood and guts over comedy anytime.

    Nancy -- That bride took things a little far I believe. LOL Ron did buy my mother a life size John Wayne cardboard cutout and she kept him by her front door in the retirement home. Ominous John greeted everyone who entered there. Pretty soon most of the women and a lot of the men too were stopping by to have their photos taken with The Duke!

    Kay -- John Wayne was bigger than life and always saw that good triumphed over evil.

    Yvonne -- What can I say? You MUST see this one too:)

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  8. Yes, indeed, it is a good movie. They don't make them like that anymore.

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  9. I'll have to add that to my Netflix list!

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  10. I haven't seen that movie - but will.
    Ralph

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  11. Annie, thank you so much for this recommendation. I just finished "The Cowboys" and it's in my collection of beloved Westerns now.

    I really enjoyed the mentoring Wayne's character takes on with the young men. And Bruce Dern... oooh what a brilliant, slimy performance. This was a perfectly balanced movie- great characters, excellent humor and some really tense action.

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  12. John Wayne is my favorite actor, and The Cowboys is definitely one of his best. :o)

    Thanks for your get well wishes. I've decided that I might just live, lol. ;o)

    Love and hugs,

    Diane

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  13. I'll put it on my netflix queue. And think of you and your sweet mother when I watch it.

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  14. I agree with you, this is a good movie!!

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  15. Thanks for the advice. I haven't seen the movie yet but will be watching for it. I like John wayne too in fact I don't know anyone who doesn't. He always played parts of a man with intregrity it seems. I guess I sort of applied that to his personal character.

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  16. Changes in the Wind -- Yep Monica, I knew you would have seen this one!

    Oh Great One -- I have Netflix but own this movie so I'm not sure it's available but I'm betting it is. You and your kids would all enjoy it but WARNING it's got a few sad twists and turns.

    Ralph -- I am shocked. Somehow I pictued you as a western fan and especially a John Wayne fan.

    Adam -- I am thrilled that you watched this. Yep, don't you just wonder how Bruce Dern lived with himself? They ought to get him as a villan on 24! LOL

    Diane -- Glad you and I both have such good taste in actors and movies!

    Nora -- You will enjoy the movie especially since you are such a rough and tough squirrel herder these days!

    Marla -- Marla, Marla,Marla is it really you? Glad to hear from you because I was getting ready to hire a P.I. Are you holding up okay?

    Mountain Mama -- I'm just glad John Wayne is not around today to have the media digging up all kinds of dirt on him either real or of their own creation. I'm sure he was flawed but I just really don't ever want or need to know. A giant of a man and though he never served in the military, he was made honorary and decorated for his portrayals of heros in film.

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  17. I love that movie too, but it is sad that he has to die in the end... Bruce Dern sure does make a good bad guy... A hard lesson for those young boys he was training...

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  18. Lucy -- I guess you didn't notice that I was leaving that one tidbit of information out. You remind me of my grandson Ryan when it comes to telling about movies he's seen but no one else has. LOL

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  19. Lucy -- I guess you didn't notice that I was leaving that one tidbit of information out. You remind me of my grandson Ryan when it comes to telling about movies he's seen but no one else has. LOL

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  20. Sorry, I didn't mean to ruin the story for everyone...

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