Kween_of_Queens movie challenge. As always quick on the link to read more entries like this one.
What is the movie that you have seen that has affected you up until this very day?
Give the name of the movie, and a brief synopsis of the plot. Tell what effect it has had on you and why you believe it has affected you this way.
This challenge was very difficult for me. I am of the movie generation. Sometimes it seems as though life is made up of movies so how do I pick just one that has affected me and changed me in some way when, in reality, they all have?
However, after a lot of thought, and false starts I have.
My movie is…
John Wayne’s The Shootist
It is the last movie John Wayne did before his death in 1979. It is a movie in which he portrayed himself. An aging cowboy and gunslinger who finds himself becoming obsolete in this new world, and dying of cancer. He sets out to put his affairs in order and change the world a little in the process.
My father is a huge John Wayne fan and I will admit the torch has been passed. I love John Wayne and am even now in the process of lighting it in my husband. I can remember watching this movie with my father when I was a girl. I can remember it making me cry, I can remember seeing a bit of mist in my dad’s eye as we watched it together. Even though ‘The Duke’ lived another three years, to watch this movie is to watch a legend die.
This movie taught me, at a young age, about the reality of the human races’ mortality. The fact that we all die and nothing goes with you. You see in this movie John Wayne has no family, no friends, no one to love him and remember him. He dies alone. He befriends a woman and her son shortly before his death and uses his last breath to change their lives but to them he is still anonymous. He dies with a long life forgotten. A lifetime of deeds that no one knows or remembers. He dies a stranger. This movie taught me that I didn’t want to die alone.
When I think of this movie it reminds me to be thankful for the family that surrounds me, and to never neglect the people that I love. To never let someone slip into anonymity.
Song of the day? Why the movie score for The Shootist of course.