Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:

The cinematic theme for this month will be “unconventional fatherhood”.

May is underway, and we are working hard to solve our black out curtain issues. It is gratifying that when a problem arises, several members address the issue, and the Club is strengthen by their efforts. The black out curtains are a work in progress, but rest assured, many of us are continuing to want to improve the quality of our screenings.

Join the Tacoma Film Club this Friday, May 10, 2013, as we screen the dramatic film THE GREAT SANTINI (1979). It was written and directed by Lewis John Carlino, who began his career as a novelist & playwright, and is known primarily as a screen writer. He has only directed three films; this one and THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA (1976), and CLASS (1983). But he wrote dozens of award-winning screenplays, including SECONDS (1966), THE FOX (1967), and THE MECHANIC (1972). 

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Trivia:  The film was based on a novel by Pat Conroy, who based it on his own father, and their relationship. The movie helped father and son reconcile. In 1981, the movie was originally entitled THE ACE, and it was released directly to cable and the airlines, but after some favorable reviews, it was repackaged, retitled, and released in theaters.

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Robert Duvall and Michael O’Keefe were both nominated for Oscars for their roles; O’Keefe won a Golden Globe.

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The films musical score was done by Veteran composer Elmer Bernstein, a former protege of Aaron Copland, who became one of Hollywood’s most prolific composers, writing scores for 244 films, including THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960), THE COMANCHEROS (1961), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962), BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (1962), HUD (1963), THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963), BABY, THE RAIN MUST FALL (1965), HAWAII (1966), THE SHOOTIST (1976), MY LEFT FOOT (1989), DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995), and FAR FROM HEAVEN (2002). 


The cinematography was done by Ralph Woolsey, who lensed 57 films in his career. He shot a lot of television shows in the 50’s-60’s, and won an Emmy for it.  His feature films included LITTLE FAUSS AND BIG HALSEY (1970), THE NEW CENTURIONS (1974), and LIFEGUARD (1976). 



Directed by Lewis John Carlino @ 115 minutes.

The film stars Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O’Keefe, Lisa Jane Persky,

Stan Shaw, and David Keith.


Synopsis: “Bull” Meechum, an aggressive competitive marine fighter pilot, runs roughshod over his family, expecting military-like obedience from them. As his oldest son approaches manhood, he struggles to get the elusive approval of his very demanding father.

Tagline:  The bravest thing he would ever do was let his family love him.

Rotten Tomatoes rated the film with 94% Critic’s approval and 73% Audience approval.

Roger Ebert wrote: “This wonderful film, one of my favorites, is essentially a comedy, albeit a serious and tender one–a movie to seek out and treasure.”

Scott Weinberg of FILMCRITICS.COM wrote: “The movie offers a whole lot more than just Duvall’s flawless performance.”

So mark your calendars and be sure to join us this Friday, May 10, 2013, for our proud screening of THE GREAT SANTINI (1979). It will be screened at the Center for Spiritual Living located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division and J Streets, across from the Group Health hospital. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and early arrivals can join folks downstairs in the kitchen area for fellowship & snacks. Many members bring finger food and beverages, including wine, to share with others. Please, however be diligent about cleaning up after yourselves before coming upstairs to the sanctuary to watch the movie. The film screens at 7:15 p.m. and it runs 115 minutes, so it should be over before 9:30 p.m. Remember that we are not allowed to have any food or beverages in the sanctuary. Those who wish to pitch in may assist us in taking down the black out curtains following the screening. See you at the movies!




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