July 5, 2015


The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
Dalai Lama



[about Edward Everett's speech]"My God! The man will speak for three hours before I even get to my feet, so I have prepared a short, short speech." [Gettysburg Address]
ó Abraham Lincoln (Sam Waterston), Gore Vidal's Lincoln (1988)



You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is satire. All you're doing is recording it.
-- Art Buchwald



MOVIE TRIVA
Heaven's Gate (1980) (part 11 of 13)
  • Tom Noonan who appears in this film, had auditioned for the film but wasn't cast. Having moved onto a play and preparing for weeks, he ended up getting a last minute call from his agent to notify him that they did need him for the film. Noonan was hesitant to take the role as he was still committed to the play. However, he was able to do the play and then commit to the film. Upon arriving at the set, Noonan later learned because of the film's notorious production delays, that he'd be waiting significantly until he shot his scenes and spent much of his time in his hotel room. Noonan later went on record at his displeasure working on the film.
  • The 1870 Harvard Commencement is depicted in the opening scene. This class included Richard Theodore Greener, the first African-American to graduate from Harvard, later Dean of Harvard Law School.
  • Isabelle Huppert was cast as Ella over the objection of United Artists executives.
  • This was actually Kris Kristofferson's second western as he had played Billy the Kid in Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973). Despite Heaven's Gate (1980) having been said to have badly affected his career, Kristofferson would later go on to star in such westerns as Stagecoach (1986), Comanche (2000), The Tracker (1988), The Long Kill (1999), Two for Texas (1998) and as Jesse James in The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (1986).
  • Though a western, the picture was ironically memorable for two musical sequences, a waltz on the outdoors lawn of Harvard University and a fiddle and band dance number on a roller-skating rink.
  • One of a number of Hollywood westerns that were a flop at the box-office during the late 1970s / early 1980s. Others included Barbarosa (1982), The Mountain Men (1980), The Villain (1979), Goin' South (1978), Hard Country (1981), The Frisco Kid (1979), Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981), and The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981).



  • Always think of what is useful and not what is beautiful. Beauty will come of its own accord.
    Nikolai Gogol



  • One in eight million people has progeria, a disease that causes people to grow faster than they age.
  • An average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.
  • A lionís roar can be heard from five miles away.
  • There are more types of insects in one tropical rain forest tree than there are in the entire state of Vermont.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds; dogs only have about ten.



  • I am as cold as death, but ever breathing.>br> Never thirsty, but ever drinking.
    Covered in mail, but never clinking.




    A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.



    The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.



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