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Author Topic: Relics from a Different Time - as opposed to the new Big Brother Lockdown  (Read 1187 times)
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« on: April 14, 2012, 03:24:07 PM »

It's not our imagination; or at least mine. Things WERE easier in the past.

Here's the movie Convoy which runs an entire plot line that 50 truckers could demolish the cops in 4 states and almost make it work. Today, that would call 75 DHS vehicles to declare them felons.

http://www.youtube.com/wa...pWXqA&feature=related

Top Ten product placement for Mack Trucks, Inc. though! smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2012, 03:30:16 PM »

This flick had an interesting premise before it was gutted:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080120/

The orator goes into statistics about how many cops the NYPD could keep on the streets in the gang's territories and how the gangsters had them outnumbered 20 to 1, or whatever the stat was.

Then he detailed a plan where the gangs cooperate to take over the whole city.  But naturally, the guy is shot and the movie immediately transmogrifies into a chase flick.  Interesting premise totally flushed.
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2012, 03:44:20 PM »

Vaguely I hear that happens a lot to shut down subversive ideas in movies. Aka turn them into false Straw Man objects of ridicule.

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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2012, 05:32:42 PM »

In the case of The Warriors I suspect the original premise sounded exciting. Got producers interested.  They started filming. Then somebody got a look at the rushes for the Rally Scene. Slam the breaks on that scenario!! smiley

( I don't know why they are so paranoid. Just have the gangsters get the upper hand in the beginning, then the National Guard wipes 'em out. )

But that's just my conjecture. I haven't read it in any Hollywood histories or anything.
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2012, 07:31:45 PM »

Vaguely I hear that happens a lot to shut down subversive ideas in movies. Aka turn them into false Straw Man objects of ridicule.

Reminds me of "Law Abiding Citizen".

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1197624/

It was good until the end when it totally chokes and the good guy loses. (I can't stand the self-righteous blatherings/sermons in movies/TV shows that you get in shows like this.) 

This scene was great (NSFW):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--ZsqJASP34" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--ZsqJASP34</a>

Great movie. Horrible ending.

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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2012, 07:42:28 PM »

Heh - Paradox deected: Everyone's favorite nice guy, Colm Meaney detected!
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2012, 02:40:19 PM »

It was good until the end when it totally chokes and the good guy loses.

Seems like this trend started with the original Night of the Living Dead.

I hated that flick. I saw it at the drive-in. Just as the cute chick and her boyfriend are about to escape, Whammo!!  Same scenario repeated throughout the flick.

It didn't help that I just bought a giant container of French Fries with tons of ketchup. Wasted a few bucks there! smiley
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