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This Movie is a Turkey!


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I think it's safe to say that today's "Golden Turkey Award" (apologies to Michael and Harry Medved) goes to "Kill a Dragon": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_a_Dragon

 

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I like Aldo Ray (and Jack Palance who in this thing too) but this is ridiculous.

Like I mentioned in another thread about Richard Widmark being in the turkey "A Talent for Loving,"

I guess every actor does one or a few turkeys in their career...

 

Seeing Jack Palance in this flick reminds me of another turkey that was aired on TCM, "They Came to Rob Las Vegas":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Came_to_Rob_Las_Vegas

 

Oh well, compare this crap with the work Palance did in "Panic in the Streets," his film debut...

Gobble, gobble, gobble... You can read more about the "Golden Turkey Awards" here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golden_Turkey_Awards

 

Medveds list of Hollywood failures:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hollywood_Hall_of_Shame

 

Their list of just plain bad movies:

http://www.listal.com/list/medved-dreyfuss-worst-films

 

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The Medved books are kind of messed up. In the Golden Turkey Awards the voted Richard Burton the worst actor of all time. Okay he made a lot of bad choices, (Exorcist 2 for example) but he gave us Night Of The Iguana, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Look Back In Anger, Whose Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, 1984, and Equus. Even the little seen Medusa Touch had its moments.

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> {quote:title=SonOfUniversalHorror wrote:}{quote}I have the Medved books...but they are a JOKE. They are NOT meant to be taken seriously.

>

> After all these years, people still don't understand that and they DO take them seriously.

 

 

Yes, meant to be silly and to amuse. Just meant to get a laugh and spark conversation.

And I suppose if you like Aldo Ray and Jack Palance (and Richard Widmark) then any film they're in is good enough for a fan.

 

Anyway, some of the films the Medveds list nobody would have heard of otherwise...

For example, "Eegah": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eegah

 

I mean, who's ever heard of it?? Talk about Stanley Kubrick and "Lolita"...

 

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"Swamp Women" is another: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swamp_Women

 

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Not sure why "Robot Monster" is on the list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_Monster

 

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Wouldn't a "Turkey" be a matter of conjecture? I might think a movie is a "Turkey" while some other people think it's the greatest flick they've ever seen. Even the most respected and knowledgable critics highly praised movies that to ME, were "Turkeys".

 

 

One case in point was the movie *The Hours* . This movie was hailed as one of the finest motion pictures ever made! The performances by Julianna Moore, Nichole Kidman and Meryl Streep were called "The finest in their careers". So I went to see it. And I agree that Streep, Moore and Kidman DID give the finest performances I'VE ever seen them do. Even Ed Harris did an outstanding job. But in spite of all that, the movie STILL SUCKED! My wife had to actually wake me up when it was over, so I never saw how it ended. And I DON'T CARE.

 

 

Obviously, a lot of people saw something I didn't.

 

 

Sepiatone

 

 

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> {quote:title=Sepiatone wrote:}{quote}

> Wouldn't a "Turkey" be a matter of conjecture? I might think a movie is a "Turkey" while some other people think it's the greatest flick they've ever seen. Even the most respected and knowledgable critics highly praised movies that to ME, were "Turkeys".

 

Yes, you are absolutely correct. I was just joking... And the Medveds and their silliness too... :|

"Kill a Dragon" is fine enough for any fans of Jack Palance and Aldo Ray. If you're a fanatic about either of those actors (or both) any film they're in is great, whether or not others agree...

 

For some strange reason, I was in good humour yesterday and so was feeling frisky and had some fun by starting that thread (back to normal today)...

 

> {quote:title=Sepiatone wrote:

> }{quote}My wife had to actually wake me up when it was over, so I never saw how it ended.

 

You must be a great date... :^0 Are you still married... ;)

Maybe we should pick a daily turkey from TCM to lighten the mood a bit in general...

 

Edited by: RMeingast on Sep 26, 2012 10:55 AM

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> {quote:title=SonOfUniversalHorror wrote:}{quote}*Eegah!* and *Robot Monster* were well-known for years before to readers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine.

 

Yes, I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never read "Famous Monsters of Filmland." :(

Shocking, I know. And I wonder myself how I manage on this message board with my limited classic film knowledge, having never read any issue of that learned journal... :_|

 

> {quote:title=SonOfUniversalHorror wrote: }{quote} *Eegah!* garnered even more interest once its star, Richard Kiel, became internationally popular after playing the villain Jaws in *The Spy Who Loved Me* .

 

Yes, I remember Kiel from the Bond flicks and the other films he was in, but not "Eegah!"

 

Seriously, does look like I missed out on some good stuff growing up:

http://famousmonsters.com/

 

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