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Thanks, Eve.

I had nothing planned, but I'll try this from a standing start:

 

Inter-Family warfare in the Mob. A hit is set up in a restaurant. The hit man has loaded the wrong ammo in the pistol. It blows up, injuring his hand, and leaves the target unhurt, noodles still dangling

from his mouth.

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As a money-making interprise, a Family arranges a marathon bicycle race, intended to attract an audience, generate gambling on the event, and sell refreshments. They are reviving an idea from the 1920s, and putting it in the hands of people who have a hard time organizing anything. Also, one of the factions uses a lion for intimidation when dealing with outsiders.

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Forget The *Godfather* conceit about spouses not being involved -- Mama Coreleone's detachment and Kay's instructions about "Don't ask about my business." One family matriarch in this epic, with a name out of Tennessee Williams, is up to her elbows in plotting mischief. Something like Connie in

*Godfather III*, but more hands-on.

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In an earlier post, it was mentioned that the matriarch in one faction is an aggressive and malevolent

force in the clan's business. In the other faction the Don's wife has another function. Each morning she goes out to the boss' car and gets in and cranks it up. The boss sits safely in the kitchen and covers his ears. With the car cranked, and assured that it hasn't been rigged to blow up and kill him,

he leaves on the day's business, and she is free to go back to bed.

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Nine days and some 1,120 Views. It's something of an embarassment to be so far out of sync with the readership of this Forum...

 

*The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight* hit the screens in 1971, a year before *The Godfather*, sourced from a novel by an Irish-descended writer named Jimmy Breslin. The film featured:

 

...Jerry Orbach (later to have a long run as a NYC Detective) as "Kid Sally" , Don wannabe.

 

...Robert De Niro (cast here instead of in *The Godfather* ) as the bicycle racer / con man / priest.

 

...Lionel Stander as the Don that Kid Sally wanted to replace, and who had his wife start his car every morining.

 

...Jo Van Fleet(!) as Big Mama, Kid Sally's mom, functioning as a female Don in her own right.

 

...Frenchman Herve Villechiaze as a dwarf named Beppo who was called Beppo The Dwarf.

 

 

The subject matter and its treatment was resented by the friends of "Crazy Joe Gallo" as an insult to the memory of that late citizen. Novelist and screenwriters were subjected to some threats. I let this one get out of hand and and become a "Name The Movie"-type question. I won't let that happen again. But I will start a new "describe the scene" here:

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A pre-teen girl is newly enrolled in a well-run girl's school. She has been on the run for her life through most of the film. Those who threatened her are now dead. Her protector has lost his life in her defense. In the final scene, she takes a potted plant that she has carried around with her while on the run, and plants in on the lawn of the school.

 

Film?

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Mid-90s release. The actress, about 13 at this filming, has become a noted beauty, with a well-established career. French production, filmed in the USA. A British actor plays the role of an American law officer. A French actor portrayes a hit man, imported for his expertise.

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C, you?re right ? that?s the title it was released with here?I just couldn?t remember it ? but remembered Reno, Oldman and Portman in a film about a hit-man?

 

Here?s one:

 

A distraught woman runs from her house, across the lawn and into the street?never to return.

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Thanks, Eve.

 

A widower in his later years, retired master chef, hosts a dinner gathering in his home, with his family and others present. He announces that he wishes to propose to a neighbor, a younger woman, widowed. The prospective bride's mother came here thinking that _she_ was to be the object of the proposal, and that lady throws a hissy fit!

 

Foreign film, subtitled. Film?

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Correct, Sixes, and please take the thread for remembering _that_. 1994 Chinese origional, with the title in English rendered as *Eat Drink Man Woman*. The remake, 2001's *Tortilla Soup* placed the story among Mexican-Americans. Both were delightful. Both had a lot to say about relationships in very close functioning families. For me, a favorite feature is Raquel Welch's performance as the disappointed mother in the remake. When that woman decides to throw a tantrum, that tantrum aint't got a chance. It get's throwed!

 

Sixes' thread.

 

Edited by: cmvgor on Feb 19, 2010 3:41 AM

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mr6666 seems to be taking a break. I'll try another scene.

 

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A young lady is selected for a singular honor in the congregation's Easter celebration. She is to place the crown of thorns on the head of the Christ figure. She is at the top of the ladder, performing this rite, when the word goes around the assembled worshipers on the ground: The maden thus honored is pregnant.

 

1990s. Who? Title?

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