The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Favorite Movie Scene

I have a dozen or so movies that I count among my favorites, and very few of them are of recent vintage. But some movies, although not great in themselves, do include great scenes. One of these scenes was in the middle of the film, "The Wind and the Lion" (1975), which starred Sean Connery, Candice Bergen and Brian Keith. (Interestingly, none of the stars appear in this scene.)

The film depicts the America of my grandfather, a man who fought in the Spanish-American War in the Philippines and in the Boxer Rebellion in China, a very different America from the one we live in today. I first saw the film when I was a naval officer serving aboard the USS Okinawa. I was seated in the ship's large hangar bay surrounded by about 1,000 Marines. Keep that fact in mind as you watch the clip. It was an amazing experience.

In the clip I've included below the actual scene begins at the 1:57 minute mark and runs through the end of the clip.


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