Monday, April 29, 2019

Robert Duval

Robert Duval was born in 1931 which makes him 88 years old and still kicking. His last movie "Widows" was made in 2018. His Filmography reads like it will take me the rest of my life to watch them all, though I have seen a good many of them before I paid attention to who he was.

The first movie I really 'saw' him in was "Tender Mercies" for which he won an Oscar.  After that, I started looking for his movies. "Second Hand Lions" was and still is one of my favourites. And of course he does westerns with the best.  I have watched dozens if not hundreds of Westerns and have had a hard time picking out my favourite actor. "Lonesome Dove" settled that for me. Duval said it was his best, too.

A few lines from a few movies:

Tender Mercies:
Mac Sledge [to Rosa Lee]  I don't know why I wandered out to this part of Texas drunk, and you took me in and pitied me and helped me to straighten out, marry me. Why? Why did that happen? Is there a reason that happened? And Sonny's daddy died in the war, my daughter killed in an automobile accident. Why? See, I don't trust happiness. I never did, I never will.

 Secondhand Lions
Hub Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in.

Hub I'm Hub McCann. I've fought in two World Wars and countless smaller ones on three continents. I led thousands of men into battle with everything from horses and swords to artillery and tanks. I've seen the headwaters of the Nile, and tribes of natives no white man had ever seen before. I've won and lost a dozen fortunes, KILLED MANY MEN and loved only one woman with a passion a FLEA like you could never begin to understand. That's who I am. NOW, GO HOME, BOY!

Open Range

A man's trust is a valuable thing. You don't want to lose it for a handful of cards.
We come for justice, not vengeance. Now them is two different things.
We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming.
Lonesome Dove
“I won’t say I did and I won’t say I didn’t, but I will say that a man who wouldn’t cheat for a poke don’t want one bad enough.”
“Woodrow, you just don’t ever get the point – ‘It’s not dyin’ I’m talkin’ about, it’s livin’.”
“You see, life in San Francisco is still just life. If you want any one thing too badly, it’s likely to turn out to be a disappointment. The only healthy way to live life is to learn to like all the little everyday things – like a sip of good whiskey in the evening, a soft bed, a glass of buttermilk, or a feisty gentleman like myself.”
Well the first man comes along that can read Latin is welcome to rob us, far as I'm concerned. I'd like a chance t' shoot at a educated man once in my life.
I'm just tryin' to keep everything in balance, Woodrow. You do more work than you got to, so it's my obligation to do less


  1. Secondhand Lions was a good one!

    1. Sure was. So many scenes that are just classic Duval.

  2. Didn't he make his movie debut as Boo Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird"? He had a screen presence even then.

    1. Yes, he did. So many movies he was in that I didn't pay attention to him. Now I will go back and watch them. Haven't seen To Kill a Mockingbird for decades

  3. Second Hand Lions is one of my favorites, too. Terrific story and great acting/writing. Some actors just keep getting better with age.

  4. Agree, he's a great.
    the Ol'Buzzard

  5. "We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." I must remember that line the next time I'm called upon to give a toast! ;-)

    1. Just not fond of giving toasts. If you do something badly enough the first time, you don't get asked again... ;-)


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