June 21, 2015

I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
Tennessee Williams

"The revolution? When the shooting stops, and the dead are buried, and the politicians take over, it all adds up to one thing: a lost cause."
— Bill Dolworth (Burt Lancaster), The Professionals (1966)

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Winston Churchill

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)(part 1 of 4)
  • Sam Peckinpah's alcoholism was so advanced during the making of this film that he would have to start the day with a large tumbler of neat vodka to stop his shakes. By mid-afternoon he would have moved onto grenadine. After that, he was too drunk to work. James Coburn recalled that Peckinpah was only really coherent for four hours a day.
  • Kris Kristofferson and Sam Peckinpah had several heated arguments during the making of the film, and others on the set often thought it would end up in a fight. Peckinpah, always very confrontational, wanted to fight Kristofferson but said that he feared Kristoffersonm, a former Army Airborne Ranger, would "kill him". Kristofferson answered, "Yeah, Sam, I think you're right". In spite of this, Peckinpah referred to Kristofferson as a "fucking great guy" and said that working with him was "one of the greatest experiences of my life".
  • A bent flange on a lens of one of the Panavasion cameras caused all the shots made with that one camera (all of them master shots) to be out of focus on the right side, and thus rendering them totally unusable. Because MGM had refused Sam Peckinpah's request for a camera mechanic to be on duty during the shoot in Durango, and because all the footage was first sent back to Los Angeles for processing, the crew didn't discover the problem for weeks. Only after the faulty lens was replaced did MGM send a camera mechanic down; and by that time, the film was several days over schedule, and several hundred thousand dollars over budget.

  • Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

  • Honey does not spoil.
  • Adult elephants can’t jump.
  • Jet lag was called boat lag, before there were jets
  • There are about 450 types of cheese in the world. 240 come from France.
  • The number “four” is considered unlucky in Japan because it is pronounced the same as “death”.

  • Mary was making apricot jam. She put all the apricots in the pot and stirred them up. Then she remembered she had to add 1 ounce of lemon juice for every two apricots. How did she figure out how much lemon juice to put.

    When Peter Pan punches, they Neverland.

    To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

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