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It has no great ambition. It doesn't attempt to make a transcendent statement about verities of the human condition. It does not build to an apocalyptic end. It tells a small story, usually about people, usually undistinguished. But It's well written, and acted, and the direction is competent, and when it ends, you say to yourself, that was well done. They don't rank with the best films ever made, but they are among the ones I like watching the most. Here are a few:


Hide-Out. It takes a somewhat contrived plot to get a small-time hood out to the country to meet up with the expected pretty girl, but what's appealing is the patter between Maureen O'Sullivan and Robert Montgomery, delivered with an engaging off-handedness, enough to excuse the gooey sentimental ending. Mickey Rooney appears in a small part, which prevents his powerful screen presence from becoming annoying. It is also one of the few films that manages to portray the spontaneous noise and bustle of a family without being irritating.


Remember My Name. Creepy, unsettling Geraldine Chaplin vehicle. A woman returns from prison to insinuate herself into her former husband's (now remarried) life. What's she after? Murderous revenge? Him? Ah, don't worry, it's not what you think.


Angel and the Badman. A noted and notorious gunman (John Wayne) who straddles the line between the law and lawlessness collapses from wounds and exhaustion at a Quaker farm, to be taken in and nursed to health, primarily by the expected pretty daughter (the disturbing Gail Russell). The contrast between the man of violence and the family of peace provides the pretext for the love patter as the badman is infected with the contentment virus. He tries to escape it and return to his quasi-outlaw life, but, alas, it no longer holds it's old attraction for him. The film seems headed for the expected showdown with the for-real bad men. . . .or is it? Some really adept direction by James Edward Grant (one of only two he did), and the always-enjoyable acting by Harry Carey round out the movie.

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I find at least two places to buy it (I don't know the reliability of the sources--maybe someone does):




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Local Hero was a 1983 movie directed by Bill Forsythe, and starred Peter Reigert and Burt Lancaster. Basically it's about a representitive from a Texas Oil company who goes to a small Scottish Village to negotiate a drilling site. During that time he falls in love with the town and the slower way of life.

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That's a good choice. It does seem the "modest" movie is falling by the wayside. Or if not, they find very limited distribution. *That Thing You Do* was a movie like that. Oh, it had good distribution, probably due to being directed by TOM HANKS, but it wasn't in the "blockbuster" category, and simply told a good story and was well done. You can also find a list of largely unheard of films on your "free movie" channels of your cable provider that, if watched, might also qualify as "modest" movies.



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Sure. From IMDb . . .



NSW: "An unlucky in love nurse finds her life taking a detour when her mother places a personals ad in the paper, while on the other side of Boston, a plumber is trying to change careers."






HA: "Ruby Weaver has man trouble: she tries to fix them, so she's stuck herself with a string of losers. Her current lover, Sam Deed, seems different: he's sweet, tender, just in from Dubuque."






These are really short descriptions and don't do either film justice. Not just "chick flicks" because they're smart. Male characters are central figures, too. HA has a cool twist that I won't go into because it'll spoil it for you. NSW has a terrific Brazilian music soundtrack. You'll see some of the same actors in both; friends of the director.



They're the kind of films that remind me of the old days . . . wandering into the video store on a rainy Sunday afternoon saying "Sheesh, I've seen EVERYTHING. I really want to see something DIFFERENT that'll entertain that's well acted and well directed. Hmm. I've never heard of these. I'll give 'em a try."



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