The Joy of Imdb

Oscar

Did your favorite film win an Oscar (pictured above)? If your favorite film was: “Weekend at Bernie’s”? I’m sorry. It won no awards. But if your favorite was “To Kill a Mockingbird”…Yes, it won 3 Oscars! Eg, Gregory Peck (“the most handsome man ever” according to my wife) won Best Actor as Atticus Finch! But if you had checked with the website: www.Imdb.com you would have no trouble answering that question.

Imdb is short for Internet Movie Data Base. It contains a wealth of information about films. It has information on many people involved with film making: such as Actors, Actresses, Directors. It gives everyone’s biography, photos, awards.  For every film, it gives you the cast, storyline, box office earnings, script samples, etc. There are trailers for films. The section “Born Today” gives you names and career summaries for those having a birthday on whatever day you visit the site. And perhaps most important: it enables you to answer questions like these:

How many Oscars does George Clooney have?

Who is M. Emmet Walsh and what films have you seen him in?

Who directed the 2 versions of “True Grit?”

How much money was earned by “Annie Hall”?

Is the dialogue from “Casablanca” as great as you remember?

For the answers to these questions, keep reading…

 

George Clooney has won 2 Oscars. For Best Supporting Actor (2006) in “Syriana” and as one of the Producers of “Argo” (2012).

Walsh as Bryant

Emmet Walsh (pictured above) is a wonderful character actor who has worked in television and films since 1968. He was Harrison Ford’s boss (Bryant) in “Blade Runner.”  He battled Denzel Washington in “The Mighty Quinn”. And in “Blood Simple”, he aided the Coen brothers in their first film. He was also in “Ordinary People”, “Reds”, and many other films. Roger Ebert said of him: “No movie featuring Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.”

“True Grit” in 1969 starred John Wayne and was directed by Henry Hathaway; And in 2010 the film starred Jeff Bridges and was directed by Ethan and Joel Coen.

“Annie Hall” was the Oscar winning Best Picture (1978), along with winning 3 other Oscars and brought in $39,200,000.

“Casablanca” won 8 Oscars in 1944, including awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. I think the writing holds up. Here are some samples you probably remember:

“Here’s looking at you, kid.”

“Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Woman: “Where were you last night?” Rick: “That’s so long ago, I don’t remember.” Woman: “Will I see you tonight?” Rick: “I never make plans that far ahead.”

Victor Laszlo: “Are you enough of a businessman to appreciate an offer of 100,000 francs?” Rick: “I appreciate it, but I don’t accept it.”

Rick+sam                                                                Rick and Sam

Rick: “You know what I want to hear.”

Sam: “No, I don’t.”

Rick: “You played it for her, you can play it for me.”

Sam: “Well, I don’t think I can remember.”

Sam: “If she can stand it, I can. Play it!”

 

Note: Rick never says: “Play it again, Sam.” But it all still works 73 years later.

 

 

 

 

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About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures above...it's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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