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Westerns' "Singin' in the Rain"
- Will Fox
"Hearts of the West," a romantic western made in 1975, parallels the most famous, 1952 musical, "Singin' in the Rain," clearly showing the humorous, early transition in the 1930s from silent movies to talkies. Melodramatic, Iowa farm boy, Lewis Tater aspires to be a pulp-fiction, western writer, so travels west to learn the culture. Write 'em cowboy. Twenty-six year old Jeff Bridges plays Tater, an endearingly innocent pilgrim that shyly romances savvy-script, gal-pal, Blyth Danner, while competing with wily seasoned-sage, bushwacking co-actor, Andy Griffith. Simultaneously, Tater learns how to negotiate and be a fresh face in the early, movie making of conniving director Alan Arkin. (He won the 1975 Best Supporting Actor Award from the New York Film Critics.) Charming characters, delightful dialogue, enlightening script, all highly recommended for everyone, pre-teen to seniors seeking smart satire.
Zane Grey fans will love it!
Our love of this film has alot to do with being ardent Zane Grey fans ourselves. Anyone who appreciates his novels will appreciate this film. We thought it was hilarious and yet lovingly dealt with the subject of westerns in general. PLEASE show this film again - the first 15 minutes or so were funked in TCM transmission. And we'd love to see it again anyway. And would love to buy it if available. We would highly recommend this film.
So many memorable lines
- Walker Percy
Although I haven't seen it since it was released in theaters (thank you TCM for resurrecting this wonderful gem), I can remember some of the great lines: "I have always wondered where you dwelled," "I just love all your fish." Nothing much now but trust me, you'll howl when you hear them in context. I only hope Jeff Bridges and Blythe Danner look back on this movie with the fondness I do.
Funny AND it's got Jeff Bridges!
- Mimi Stratton
This is a falling-off-your-chair funny movie. It's also a bit heartwarming in parts, and boasts a youthful Blythe Danner and the always scrumptious Jeff Bridges. Jeff plays a charming rube who comes to early-days Hollywood and falls into the job of stuntman. However, he wants to be a writer, and is always testing out dialogue and his own feelings. There's a running gag where he stands at the edge of the ocean, which he's viewing for the first time, and intones, "The vast Pacific!"