Leone did it for me, too!
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:56am

But I started by watching GBU. In fact friends of mine invited me to watch the movie. They were the most avid Eastwood fans and fully expected me to chime in with them, but alas... didn't work that way. It happened in the late 80s, so the movie sent me on a search for VHS tapes.

It wasn't really love at first sight, either, I watched the movie and it took a few moments to sink in. At first I was looking for Leone movies, Once upon a time in the America still was immensly popular and so were My name is nobody (and Terence Hill and Bud Spencer in general) and Once upon a time in the West was back in the cinemas as well. But I found that Leone and especially Ennio Morricone really were great, but that LVC really was the cherry on top of everything.

I suppose there were more LVC movies around over here than there were in the US, but I completely missed out on TV shows. As it was difficult to find out what movies to look for, I just went to the Wild West sections of local (and less local...) video rentals turning over every single Wild West movie they had and reading the sleeves. Thus, I found quite a few: Death rides a horse, FFDM and Captain Apache - others were aired on TV and I taped them, like Bad Man's River, Barquero or Beyond the Law. I did not manage to tape Beyond the Law and spent ages hunting for it, to no avail (I've got a copy now, yay!). I incidentally also found some pretty nice other movies, for example Bad day at Black Rock, I was really impressed with that one...

And once I have been to a local cinema where they had GBU in English and on a wide screen, that just took the bisquit! So much more overwhelming than on TV where you either had the edges cut off or a pretty narrow band of movie on the middle of your screen... That was just overwhelming!

Then I somehow lost track and turned to other interests until I went on an idle internet search a couple of years ago and hit on this treasure trove of a site. Well, and you know the rest of the story!

Kudos to Aaron and all of you who keep it alive!

  • Re: Caring about Lee Van CleefAaron, Thu Apr 26 2:42am
    As someone who is very guilty of being silent on here, Iíll start! I was drawn to LVC after first watching Fistul of Dollars on television in 1991. At the time I had zero interest in westerns. I was... more
    • Met Leejwlube, Fri Apr 27 5:51am
      I met Lee Van Cleef when I was about 5 years old. His mom lived next door to my Aunt and Uncle in Somerville, New Jersey. They would do a Memorial Day picnic at their house and the annual "Tour of... more
      • Thanks, jwlube! Would you...DCG, Fri Apr 27 11:55am
        ...mind contacting me, directly? I'm doing some research on LVC, and would like to ask you some questions about Somerville, the Van Cleefs, etc. (Just slide your mouse cursor over my "DCG" above to... more
      • Oh, whow, this is a great story!Maggie, Fri Apr 27 7:57am
        I wish I could have been in your shoes. Or maybe even just sat in a small bush somewhere nearby and watched. What a fond memory! :)
    • caring Tim Smith , Fri Apr 27 5:04am
      The Big Gundown and FAFDM.
      • BG is another great...DCG, Fri Apr 27 11:57am
        ..."starter" film for an LVC fan, as you must know, Tim! ;) It's one of my favorites, and arguably one of Lee's best works, by almost any standard. Best, DCG.
    • That's great, Aaron...DCG, Thu Apr 26 1:19pm
      ...and Thanx for gettin' things goin' (which, as you probably guessed, is what I was tryin' to do with my prior post, LOL)...! I suspect, if we took a Survey, we'd find that the vast majority of... more
    • Leone did it for me, too! — Maggie, Thu Apr 26 10:56am
      • Yeah, wish I could've been...DCG, Thu Apr 26 1:27pm Europe back then, Maggs -- the Spaghetti's seem to have lots more TV airplay and video/cinema-re-release availability, than here in the States. I've been lucky to see GBU twice on the Big... more
        • Escape from New YorkMaggie, Thu Apr 26 2:46pm
          Funny you mention that... the selfsame friends invited me to watch that movie with them, too, this time with all their attention focussed on sssssssnake Blissssskinnn and with me watching the other... more
          • Yeah, you can't do much...DCG, Thu Apr 26 2:58pm
            ...bout "LVC blindness", Maggie -- altho, I myself have found that fairly rare, whenever I've brought up LVC with strangers or new acquaintances: they usally perk right up, when I mention, "He was... more
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