Not shown at the end of the film: The Soviet government announces that all athletes' steroid-enhanced training regimens will be discontinued, to be replaced by a program of chopping wood, being chased by Mercedes-Benzes in the snow, and pulling fat, cigar-chomping Italian guys in trailers. Also, Ivan Drago was summarily executed.
My god, Richard Nixon was a real bastard. It's a shame he never went to jail, because he certainly deserved it. The thing is, why did the White House break in to Democratic headquarters anyway? McGovern self-destructed. Nixon was a shoo-in to win re-election. Why go for the risk?
Of course, we all know the answer now. Nixon was a paranoid son of a bitch. But back in 1972, when news of the Watergate story first broke, none of it…
I watched this film because the on-screen guide said it was Robert Altman's first feature film. Turns out, it's his second, but his first *dramatic* film. Or something like that.
The basic conceit is that NASA is in real danger of having the Russians land on the moon first (remember - this film is from 1968, before Apollo 11) so they rush together a contingency plan to try and beat the Soviets. Of course, you can imagine the dangers of…
The best way to see this film is in the theaters, and I made it my Christmas pick of 2001. The boxing scenes, I thought, were the highlight of the movie (which is why you need to see it in the theaters, in all it's giant screened, Dolby-sounded glory) but let's not kid ourselves - Will Smith did an awesome job as Muhammad Ali.
It's a damn near impossible task to portray someone that famous, that well recognised. Muhammad Ali…