Summer Movie Series: Rerun Repertoire

Throughout the summer, we've been munching popcorn and chatting about things we love — or don't — about the movies. Murray Horwitz of the American Film Institute talks with listeners about a specific kind of cinema delight. What films do you watch over and over again?

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NEAL CONAN, host:

It's time now for our TALK OF THE NATION's summer movie festival. This week we bring you the last in our series. I know, we're sad too. To say goodbye we thought we'd honor those films that keep us glued to the screen or the TV set over and over and over again.

(Soundbite of movie, The Wizard of Oz)

Ms. JUDY GARLAND (Actress): (As Dorothy Gale) Yes, I'm ready now.

Ms. BILLIE BURKE (Actress): (As Glinda) Then close your eyes and tap your heels together three times and think to yourself, There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home.

Ms. GARLAND: (As Dorothy) There's no place like home.

CONAN: A scene Murray Horwitz repeats every time he comes back to NPR. Some of these films are Hollywood's finest. Others are cinematic comfort food. Dirty Dancing may be no Citizen Kane, but eh, you know which one you plop into the DVD player on a rainy day. So what movie have you seen more than any other and why? Give us a call, 800-989-8255, 800-989-TALK. E-mail us, talk@npr.org.

With us once again is Murray Horwitz, director and COO of the American Film Institute's Silver Theater and Cultural Center, located here in the Washington area. Murray, good to have you back.

Mr. MURRAY HORWITZ (American Film Institute Silver Theater and Cultural Center): Good to be back, Neal, thanks. I'm going to miss this.

CONAN: There's an awful lot of great movies out there, and watchable movies, not always the same thing. What makes somebody go back again and again and again?

Mr. HORWITZ: Well, that's what we proposed to find out today. I'm really interested - these movies - first of all, you have to remember that we're the first - one thing to think about in all this is just the power of film in people's lives. You know, as you mentioned, I used to work here at NPR. I used to work with jazz, with classical music. This is the first time I've ever worked in a setting with an art form that's actually popular.

People want to come to the movies. And we want to maybe think about what it is that makes us watch something over and over again. We're the first cluster of generations - those of us who've been living in the past 25 years - who have the option of seeing a movie over and over and over and over and over again, to really, you know, sort of take the coaxial cable out of the set and stick it in our vein and just, you know, be addicted to any of those movies you were talking about. But they fall into some categories and we can talk about that later.

CONAN: Sure. But there - you know, the advent of television, first of all, made a lot of us, you know, sort of, you know - my film education was The Late Late Show Part II.

Mr. HORWITZ: Yours and Martin Scorsese. He talks about that a lot in My Voyage to Rome, this wonderful documentary he did about Italian cinema. And he said, you know, it was as a kid growing up in New York City watching The Late Show that he learned about movies.

CONAN: And then our children watched, you know - got one movie and played it 30 times the first day.

Mr. HORWITZ: Your kids too? Isn't that amazing. And that's what I call the default category. Those are movies that just passing through the den or the playroom you know more about than you want to. I know a lot more about Frank Langella and Billy Barty in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe than I do about Robert Bresson's Diary of a Country Priest. But I like the one more than the other, but I've seen the other a lot more times.

CONAN: I don't want to give it away at the end, but Skeletor goes down. Let's get some listeners involved in the conversation. This is Nick. Nick's calling us from Goshen, Indiana.

NICK (Caller): Hi, Neal. How are you doing?

CONAN: I'm very well, thank you.

NICK: Hey, the movie that I'm watching a lot, and I have been watching since I was in high school - and a group of friends of mine, actually - The Big Lebowski is a great film.

Mr. HORWITZ: It is indeed. And this is a Coen brothers film and it falls in - I said we'd talk a little bit about categories. This is - much of this has to do with generations. I mean, everybody of my parent's generation had seen Gone with the Wind more than once.

For people, particularly women of a certain age - I'd say women in their early 20s right now - they probably saw - in the theater - probably saw Titanic more than they've seen any other movie. It was just the thing to do if you were a teenager at a certain point, go back and back and see - how old are you, Nick?

NICK: I'm 24 years old.

Mr. HORWITZ: See? Yeah, my son, who has memorized The Big Lebowski - thank goodness, because it's a wonderful movie to hear lines from. He's 25, and I think depending on your generation, there are certain - you might almost call them cult films, and The Big Lebowski is one.

NEAL CONAN, host:

Well, here are some lines that your son has definitely memorized, then. This is from The Big Lebowski.

(Soundbite of movie, The Big Lebowski)

employed, Mr. Lebowski?

Mr. JEFF BRIDGES (Actor): (As Jeffrey Lebowski - The Dude) Wait, let me explain something to you. I am not Mr. Lebowski. You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude, so that's what you call me, you know? That or His Dudeness or Duder or, you know El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

CONAN: El Duderino indeed. Nick, how many times you figure you've seen The Big Lebowski?

NICK: Gosh, it's got to be in the hundreds.

Mr. HORWITZ: Wow.

NICK: Me and my cousin, we used to go - and he had his own copy of the movie -and every Sunday morning we would watch the movie, and then me and our friends, we'd go out and go bowling like three or four rounds, so I mean, definitely a huge impact on the teenage lifestyle.

Mr. HORWITZ: And quoting Talmud the whole time you were rolling those frames, right?

(Soundbite of laughter)

NICK: Exactly. We were always says man, Donny, you really know how to roll.

CONAN: Nick, thanks very much for the call, appreciate it.

NICK: Thank you very much, Neal.

CONAN: And is this a category - you know, these are films that didn't do, you know - Lebowski did not kill at the box office.

Mr. HORWITZ: Right. There were some that were like sleeper hits, I think again for a certain generation. I think that Napoleon Dynamite falls into that category. But sometimes films that we think of as small films, a lot of the John Hughes films like Sixteen Candles, and Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink -some of these coming-of-age films - those are - you're right, they don't have so much to do with box-office success as they do with - they creep into the consciousness. They get a spirit of the time somehow, and people identify with them.

CONAN: All right, let's get another caller in. Francisco(ph), Francisco calling from Portland, Oregon.

FRANCISCO (Caller): Hi Neal.

CONAN: Hi.

FRANCISCO: I'm en route to San Francisco. I have two genres that I love to watch over and over again. One is comedies that are jam-packed with jokes that you have to watch repeatedly…

CONAN: To get them all.

FRANCISCO: Specifically Airplane and Caddyshack.

CONAN: Okay.

FRANCISCO: And the other genre is Kung Fu films, specifically Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee.

CONAN: Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee. Well, Bruce Lee is a whole cult unto himself.

Mr. HORWITZ: That's right, and there are certain people we identify with, and filmmakers. You know, I mentioned the John Hughes film, but there are also the John Waters films and the Christopher Guest mockumentaries. And certainly when it comes to marshal arts films, there are people who know them backwards and forwards like Francisco.

CONAN: And Airplane the only comedy you like that much?

FRANCISCO: No. Caddyshack, Animal House - repeated viewings, many misspent days.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. HORWITZ: You know, and some of them, though, Francisco, don't feel so bad. Because the last category that I think we should mention are what I call national consciousness movies - movies that we've all seen so much that they've just become part of our cultural currency in the United States. We heard earlier from Wizard of Oz, but there are movies like The Godfather movies, and Snow White, and Pinocchio, and Animal House I'd put there. Star Wars, E.T., Casablanca, King Kong, Frankenstein. Those are all movies that we all know.

CONAN: And you know, a lot of these are indeed sort of seasonal tales. And one of them, of course, is the classic It's a Wonderful Life.

(Soundbite of movie, It's a Wonderful Life)

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. JAMES STEWART (Actor): (As George Bailey) Merry Christmas movie house. Merry Christmas emporium. Merry Christmas you wonderful old building and loan. Hey, merry Christmas, Mr. Potter.

Mr. LIONEL BARRYMORE (Actor): (As Mr. Potter) Happy New Year to you - in jail. Go on home, they're waiting for you.

CONAN: Yeah, they're going, Lionel Barrymore.

Mr. HORWITZ: Mr. Potter.

CONAN: And can you - explain to anybody what's that town like, and you say it's Pottersville, and they know exactly what you mean.

Mr. HORWITZ: That's exactly right. No, it's true. Or think of all the lines that come from a film like Casablanca: round up the usual suspects, and I was misinformed, and you know just - what are some others - this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

CONAN: Well indeed. We have a clip from Casablanca, and we'll get to hear perhaps the most famous exchange of lines ever.

(Soundbite of movie, Casablanca)

(Soundbite of song, As Time Goes By)

Mr. HUMPHREY BOGART (Actor): (As Rick Blaine) When that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.

Ms. INGRID BERGMAN (Actress): (As Ilsa Lund) But what about us?

Mr. BOGART: (As Blaine) We'll always have Paris.

CONAN: We'll always have 3A, Murray.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. HORWITZ: Yeah, but I wish 3A had been in Paris.

CONAN: Then it would've been 3-Ahh. Anyway, let's get another caller on the line, and this is Jeff(ph). Jeff's calling us from Mesa, Arizona.

JEFF (Caller): Yeah, this one's way out on the fringe, but Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with Benicio Del Toro and Johnny Depp.

CONAN: Not a success on any number of levels, but a lot of people like that movie.

JEFF: Actually, it did really good when it came out on DVD, but yeah, it didn't do real good in the theaters. Terry Gilliam directed it, and it's just - I mean, you can watch that movie 100 times, and the performances in it are amazing, and it just never gets boring.

Mr. HORWITZ: And it's better than actually doing the drugs yourself, I think.

(Soundbite of laughter)

JEFF: Yeah, absolutely. You can do it all vicariously.

CONAN: All right, Jeff. Thanks very much. Here's an e-mail we got from Beth(ph) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I have never watched a movie as many times as I did The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. While I usually only see four to five movies a year, I actually saw that nine times in a theater before I bought the DVD. By the way, I am over 50, a 50-year-old woman, and other movies that I've watched many times at home are A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott, White Christmas, and Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, with Jimmy Stewart and Maureen O'Hara. That last one's a little strange. She must have the DVD of that.

Mr. HORWITZ: Right.

This from Galley(ph) in Milwaukee. One movie I watch over and over again is Fight Club, starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. I tend to watch it when I'm feeling sorry for myself, and I guess the movie reminds me of that fact that loss and failure can provide clarity.

Mr. HORWITZ: And I'm glad to hear that reason. That's what interests me is the reasons, and that's very eloquently expressed. It makes me think I better have a talk with my kids, who know that film by heart.

CONAN: Yeah, my son knows that film by heart, as well, and now I'm wondering why. Anyway.

Mr. HORWITZ: We're leaving now. We're going to go see our kids.

CONAN: That's it. Our conversation, by the way, continues online. Listeners offer their picks at the TALK OF THE NATION page at npr.org. If you'd like to join Murray Horwitz and me on this program right now, you can give us a phone call: 800-989-8255, 800-989-TALK. You can also send us e-mail: talk@npr.org. This is TALK OF THE NATION Summer Movie Festival, and this is TALK OF THE NATION from NPR News.

And let's get another listener in. This is Hester(ph). Hester's calling us from Oakland, California.

HESTER (Caller): Hi. I've seen Lawrence of Arabia at least 60 times, and I also can tell you four hours of it by heart. The music is so stunning and well-integrated it just catches my breath every time.

CONAN: And when did you see it for the first time?

HESTER: Oh God, probably around when it came out, 1961.

CONAN: Yeah. That was my first trip into New York City, to see that movie. It had an intermission.

Mr. HORWITZ: Exactly.

HESTER: And it's visually absolutely gorgeous. All of the acting, top to bottom, is superb. And lastly, because I could look at Omar Sharif in this movie over and over for the rest of my life.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. HORWITZ: You're not alone.

HESTER: So now you know my secret PIN reminder question if you break…

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. HORWITZ: But Hester, you've really struck a chord here for two reasons. First of all, on my own personal list of movies I've seen more than any other, I've been really lucky because working at the AFI Silver Theater here in the Washington area, I've been able to see that movie on screen. How many times have you seen it on screen?

HESTER: All of them.

Mr. HORWITZ: Oh my gosh, 60 times on screen? You're a lucky woman.

HESTER: I'm crazy.

Mr. HORWITZ: But it's one of my personal favorites, and you can come every summer to our theater and see, in original 70-millimeter, Lawrence of Arabia.

CONAN: With an intermission?

Mr. HORWITZ: Sorry?

HESTER: Which theater is that?

Mr. HORWITZ: The AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland.

HESTER: Thank you.

CONAN: And does it have the intermission? That's what I want to know.

Mr. HORWITZ: We do have an intermission, yes we do.

CONAN: Popcorn opportunity.

Mr. HORWITZ: And we have bathrooms that you can use during the intermissions.

HESTER: Thanks.

CONAN: Thanks very much for the call, Hester. Let's get Rachel(ph) on the line. Rachel, you're calling us from Sisters, Oregon.

RACHEL (Caller): Yes. Monty Python and the Holy Grail - life-altering as a child.

Mr. HORWITZ: This is one that shows up on a lot of lists of most-viewed movies, and I mentioned the Christopher Guest mockumentaries and John Waters films. I should have mentioned the Monty Python films at the same time.

CONAN: Let's take a listen to a clip from Monty Python's, well, Holy Grail.

(Soundbite of movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

Unidentified Man #3 (Actor): (As character) Now stand aside, worthy adversary.

Unidentified Man #4 (Actor: (As character) Tis but a scratch.

Unidentified Man #3: (As character) A scratch? You're arm's off.

Unidentified Man #4: (As character) No it isn't.

Unidentified Man #3: (As character) Well what's that, then?

Unidentified Man #4: (As character) I've had worse.

Unidentified Man #3: (As character) You liar.

Unidentified Man #4: (As character) Come on, you pansy.

Mr. HORWITZ: I thought you would've opted for your mother is a hamster. That's my favorite line from that movie, but…

CONAN: Rachel, did that stir up a little memory for you there?

RACHEL: Absolutely. My brother and sister and I used to act them out, and now our nieces and nephews are all watching them, too.

Mr. HORWITZ: And you're all sane and walking around, right?

RACHEL: Yes.

Mr. HORWITZ: Oh, good.

RACHEL: Indeed.

CONAN: Thanks very much for the call. Let's see if we can get - this is an e-mailer by the way, who has in fact sent my story, the story I was going to tell, about the movie that I have seen over and over and over again. And this is a film that stars Jimmy Cagney, and for the very same reason that I saw it so many times - this is from Lisa Ryan(ph) in San Francisco - I watched Yankee Doodle Dandy every day on Million Dollar Movie for an entire week when I was 10 years old. Million Dollar Movie, WOR in New York City. It had a very small budget. They had I think three films. They were Yankee Doodle Dandy, Since You Went Away, and Son of Kong.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CONAN: And they would show them. It would be the Million Dollar Movie that week, and they would show it 12 times that day.

Mr. HORWITZ: Well this is given - clearly those three films, you've got everything covered that prepared you for being one of the leading broadcast journalists in the United States.

CONAN: But the story of George M. Cohan as played by Jimmy Cagney as, well, the immortal George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. Let's take a listen.

Unidentified Woman (Actress): (As character) What was your name again, sir?

Mr. JAMES CAGNEY (Actor): (As George M. Cohan) Cohan, George Cohan.

(Soundbite of song, Yankee Doodle Dandy)

Mr. CAGNEY: (As Cohan) I'm a Yankee doodle dandy, Yankee doodle do or die. Yankee Doodle came to London just to ride the ponies. I am that Yankee doodle boy.

CONAN: I'm welling up with tears, even as we talk.

Mr. HORWITZ: My mother thanks you, my father thanks you. No. My sister thanks you, my mother thanks you, my father thanks you, and I thank you.

CONAN: Who gets the Murray?

Mr. HORWITZ: Well, now you're - if you promise not to tell anybody, the one film that I promise myself on special occasions - I really haven't seen it more than any other, but it's the one that only when I've finished a big project or finished writing something that I allow myself to watch is my favorite film of all time, which is Ruggles of Red Gap with Charles Laughton and Zasu Pitts. It's a perfect movie. It is ensemble comedy at its best. It's probably slobberingly sentimental the way I am, and it's just - I recommend it to everybody. Ruggles of Red Gap.

CONAN: And before we leave, this was the most popular pick of our e-mailers, Princess Bride.

(Soundbite of movie, The Princess Bride)

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. MANDY PATINKIN (As Inigo Montoya): My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Mr. HORWITZ: Mandy Patinkin.

CONAN: And Murray, have fun storming the castle.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. HORWITZ: Thank you very much.

CONAN: It's been loads of fun. Until next summer.

Mr. HORWITZ: Until next summer. I'll see you at the movies, Neal.

CONAN: Murray Horwitz is director and COO of the American Film Institute's Silver Theater and Cultural Center located here in greater Washington. He was with us in Studio 3A. We'd also like to thank Maria Ensua(ph) and Laurie Donnelly(ph) of AFI for their help. Ira's here tomorrow with Science Friday. We'll see you Monday. This is TALK OF THE NATION from NPR News. I'm Neal Conan in Washington.

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The Movies You Can't Stop Watching

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Captain Ron

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Princess Bride

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You know what's going to happen. You know what the characters will say before they say it. Ah, the thrills of watching the same movie over and over and over. Talk of the Nation asked its listeners to send in the movies they could view every single day. Here's a sampling.

It Is Worthy! Wayne's World is the movie I've seen the most in my life. The distinct language from that movie was engrained in my brain. I was in eighth grade when it came out, and my friend, Jenny, and I use to recite the various scenes as if we were rehearsing.

My little brother and I would drive our family crazy at dinner time with "Shyah, right" and "We're not worthy!" I still smile when I think about it. Maybe I'll watch it tonight.

— Nicki, Madison, Wisc.

***

Beatles Forever! The granddaddy of most-watched movies for me would have to be A Hard Day’s Night. I have literally seen it more times than I know, possibly over 100 times.

The film always has made me laugh, and, ever since John Lennon’s murder, usually makes me tear up at some point. Nothing can really capture what it was that was so magical/weird about Beatlemania, and the wit and charm of the four fellows who defined that craze, but this fictionalized account of a British tour and concert comes mighty close.

The Beatles' early music, utterly fresh and dynamic in its time, still holds up today, as does the witty writing, sharp, "mod" directing, refreshing acting and lush black and white photography.

I would say I am the person/professional that I am today — for the good or bad of it — from repeated childhood viewings of A Hard Day’s Night. It's a classic, by any measure.

— Linda East Brady, Ogden, Utah

***

Chill Factor My husband, son and I have watched The Big Chill so many times that the two of them say the dialogue ahead of the actors (to my dismay). My husband, Duaine, also watches Lonesome Dove again and again. I can watch The Black Stallion any day much as I read and reread the book series as a girl.

— Susan Van Dyke, Sacramento, Calif.

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Captain Who? This was a three way tie between Wizard of Oz, Grease and Sleepless in Seattle.

My husband's hands-down choice is Captain Ron.

— Rene Fenton, Cheyenne, Wyo.

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Dude! The movie I can watch over and over again is The Big Lebowski. The strong performances from Jeff Bridges and John Goodman keep me coming back again, as does the fluid comedic dialogue. It's one of those films that you know every line by the second time you watch it.

Maude: What do you do for recreation?

The Dude: Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.

A classic.

— Justin Tuck, Keokuk, Iowa

***

Desperate Housewives, Circa 1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye is a favorite to repeat if we can have the vicarious pleasure of sharing the viewing with someone who has no idea what it's about. Reflections is an adaptation of a Carson McCullers novel, directed by John Huston. It stars an almost-middle-aged Marlon Brando as a repressed homosexual U.S. army major married to the commanding general's commanding daughter, Elizabeth Taylor. Liz makes up for a lack of intimacy at home with the help of Brian Keith, the colonel next door. Julie Harris is the colonel's sensitive, distraught and desperate housewife. You can watch this as great drama or high camp or both, which is what it is.

— Richard Van Kooy, San Francisco

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She's Perfect Every time I see it on I rewatch The Fifth Element with Bruce Willis. I have never been a big Bruce Willis fan, but there is something about Milla Jovovich as a "perfect" being.

— Kevin Turner, Florence, S.C.

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The Colonel and Maude Many people I know have seen Harold and Maude multiple times. I have seen it seven times in the theater and twice for romantic evenings at home.

I have also seen Apocalypse Now seven times in the theater. The hypocrisy of war has never before been made clear on film.

— Tex Shelters

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No Gamble Casino, because it's perfect.

— Bo Moore

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Completely Different Few movies are worthy of repeat viewings. In my opinion, only movies that can be better understood or better appreciated are worth seeing over and over.

Monty Python and the The Holy Grail meets this criteria perfectly. I've seen the movie dozens of times. If it were possible to wear out a DVD, I would have done so by now. Every time I see it, I pick up a new bit of slapstick going on in the background or a little side dialogue that sends me into hysterics. Heck, you have to see the movie ten times just to appreciate all the humor in the opening credits.

— Jeff Blunt, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Cure for a Cold My all-time favorite movie is The Princess Bride. I turn 30 this year, and I have watched it more times than I can remember. I used to watch it as a child when I was home sick. My brother and I wore out our VHS tape. Even now, when I get the sniffles or it’s a cold Sunday afternoon, I curl up on the couch under a blanket and watch Wesley and Buttercup reunite again and again. I recently purchased the Dread Pirate Edition on DVD and hope it will stand up to my constant viewing!

— Sara McCarty, Ogden, Utah

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Bear Necessity My movie favorite is Jeremiah Johnson, the 1972 movie with Robert Redford and Will Geer.

As a sailor aboard a fast-attack submarine in the 1970s, I became part of a cult following that wore this movie out on a reel-to-reel projector. My family has tolerated my Jeremiah Johnson watching and references ever since.

My admiration of this movie and character may explain my return to life in the Alaska I love.

Life lessons from Jeremiah include:

Respect others, including their burial grounds.

Keep a calendar handy — to at least keep track of what month it is.

Be grateful if your attackers come one at a time.

— Dean Hamburg

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Under the Sea Back in the early 1990s I would visit my married brother and his little daughters. My nieces would sit and watch The Little Mermaid over and over every single day, memorizing the songs and dialogue. This intrigued me so I decided to perform an experiment. I chose my favorite movie, Das Boot, and watched it every day for 25 days in a row during a cold Cleveland January.

I still watch Das Boot once a year every January and as you would imagine have become quite familiar with it. I think watching bored and tired German U-boatmen makes me feel better about a long Cleveland winter. I truly do love this brilliant movie and now own the six-hour long version, which I will be watching this January. Oh my poor wife!

— Philip Arena, Rocky River, Ohio

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Phone Home Already I am 56 years old and have seen E.T. at least 25 times and Pay It Forward at least 15 times. The two of these are uplifting to me.

I have seen Dr. Zhivago about every five years since it was first released and each time, I see it differently. I saw it first as a naive 15-year-old Catholic from a small town in Ohio. Oh my, has my perspective changed! I have loved him, hated him, related to the mistress, loved the wife!

It is now a joy to see what new viewpoint occurs to me when I watch it. And that's the beauty of a movie. When you can see it over and over and still laugh and cry and enjoy it, it is a good movie — no matter what the critics say.

— Karen Frayne

All Movies Mentioned

The Wizard of Oz

The Big Lebowski

Gone With the Wind

Titanic

Napolean Dynamite

Sixteen Candles

Breakfast Club

Pretty in Pink

Airplane

Caddyshack

Enter the Dragon

Animal House

The Godfather

Snow White

Pinocchio

Star Wars

E.T.

Casablanca

King Kong

Frankenstein

It’s a Wonderful Life

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Lord of the Rings

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Carol

White Christmas

Fight Club

Lawrence of Arabia

Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail

Christopher Guest “mocumentaries”

Yankee Doodle Dandy

The Princess Bride

Ruggles of Red Gap

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