This movie has always had a special place in my heart.
The score by Mark Isham is forlorn, beautiful, encouraging and haunting all at the same time.
The imagery sparked my very strange and specific love of 1940's -1960's coal towns lost in the Appalachian mountains. I currently live in Virginia, just 4 hours away from the Coalwood West Virginia and I love getting lost in the old history of the area.
It's encouraging in a way films tend not to be. It's a celebration of intelligence and passion. The antagonist is not someone who want's to see another person fail but rather ideology for what is genuinely best. It's easy to make the dad stupid, out of touch, and…