Gene Hackman acted in a film, and I'm pretty sure I've heard the gallant cry, "Don't let his last movie be Mooseport!" for at least ten of those year since. I agree though, that would be a tragedy. That said he's turning 89 today so we really might have to make our peace with that. But who knows? perhaps somebody will coax him out -- the rumor floats every couple of years, anyway. Fingers crossed, but hey Mooseport will never define his legacy -- he's got too many classics for that to be true. On that tip here are five of my favorites!
The Conversation (1974)
"He'll kill you if he gets a chance. I'm not
afraid of death. I am afraid of murder."
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
"I'm very sorry for your loss. Your mother
was a terribly attractive woman."
"Some people can read War and Peace and come away
thinking it's a simple adventure story. Others can read
the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper
and unlock the secrets of the universe."
No Way Out (1987)
"He shot himself!"
Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
"Hey, you wanna hear a story 'bout this boy? He owned a dairy farm, see. And his ol' Ma, she was kinda sick, you know. And the doctor, he had called him come over, and said, uh, "Uhh listen, your Ma, she's lyin' there, she's just so sick and she's weakly, and uh, uh I want ya to try to persuade her to take a little brandy," you see. Just to pick her spirits up, ya know. And "Ma's a teetotaler," he says. "She wouldn't touch a drop." "Well, I'll tell ya whatcha do, uh," - the doc - "I'll tell ya whatcha do, you bring in a fresh quart of milk every day and you put some brandy in it, see. And see. You try that." So he did. And he doctored it all up with the brandy, fresh milk, and he gave it to his Mom. And she drank a little bit of it, you know. So next day, he brought it in again and she drank a little more, you know. And so they went on that way for the third day and just a little more, and the fourth day, she was, you know, took a little bit more - and then finally, one week later, he gave her the milk and she just drank it down. Boy, she swallowed the whole, whole, whole thing, you know. And she called him over and she said, "Son, whatever you do, don't sell that cow!""