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The spiritual journey of a ninety year old atheist, and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, ©2018.
Edition: Widescreen edition.
ISBN: 9786317117587
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
digital, optical, rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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Jul 08, 2019

an irascible old man, a curmudgeon with no redeeming qualities, stews, simmers begrudgingly because the world hasn't done him any favours - like watching paint dry, or, more aptly, like watching a tortoise cross the road, endless

May 10, 2019

So it's evidently purposely slow--as a sort of tribute to the lost tortoise and the very old main character. There is no real point or story to the film...other than slowness? Things just aimlessly happen.

Dec 31, 2018

Harry Dean Stanton saved the best for last in his final role as a crusty ninety-year old loner whose failing health forces him to come to terms with life, mortality, and the yawning abyss that awaits us all. Austere desert locations underscore his inner journey with wide open skies looking down upon sere cacti (and one determined old tortoise) and a vision of “Eden” which taunts him from a distance. A literate script blends gentle humour with sobering insights and a cast of aging familiar faces (Tom Skerritt, James Darren, Ed Begley Jr.) prove they still have what it takes.

Dec 31, 2018

A slow film for this first time director, that focuses on a small isolated town in the United States. The main character is played by Harry Dean Stanton (Alien: 1978; Pretty in Pink: 1986; Green Mile: 1999), a loner that is shown going through his daily routine.
My partner and I gave this 30 minutes before we skipped ahead a couple of times, as there was little interest or point. With the third skipping ahead we got to the end credits, and did not feel we were at a loss wondering what happened to the character.

Dec 14, 2018

If you've got a little time, watch this and enjoy. The acting is well done, the story line is tender and home-spun. I like Harry and he makes me feel comfortable just listening to him. The story is a little slow and the pace even but so is life in a small desert town.

Dec 13, 2018

... plus a birthday party showstopper!

Nov 29, 2018

This is a quiet little film, but it packs a lot of punch. Harry Dean Stanton gives a great performance.

Oct 27, 2018

Harry looked just like my hubby, who is fighting death right now in a hospital icu room....Maybe you need to have a long enough lifeline to appreciate this movie, but i found it moving, poignant, well-written, well-directed, and amazingly acted.

Oct 12, 2018

Watched with my mom who asked if we could shut if off after maybe half an hour. Basically an old man in his underwear ranting at people. Not sure those who loved to sit through it.

Sep 07, 2018

Watched the movie more than once in order to appreciate the underlying clever references to Buddhist philosophy that emerge in Lucky's journey, and into ordinary conversation. Indeed, it is slow paced, but brilliant, funny, and poignant.

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Jul 09, 2018

A broad range of dialogue and quotes of Stanton - Lucky's long life:

Hey, Lucky, how you doing?
-You're nothing.
"Realism, noun." "The attitude or practice of accepting a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it accordingly."
-So what you're saying is, "What you see is what you get."
But what you see is not what I get.
How does a hundred-year-old tortoise escape?
-I left the gate open when I went to check the mail.
Where is your mailbox, Europe?
-I saw him eyeing that gate the other day. He had to have timed it out perfectly.

Jul 09, 2018

You know, friendship between animals and humans is essential. And special. And friendship is essential to the soul.
Friendship is essential to the soul.
-It doesn't exist!
What, friendship?
-The soul!

I'm not his woman. He's my man. As far as I'm concerned, he's just been renting a room for 30 years.
Blood pressure is good, heart is great. Lungs are great, even though you smoke. How many packs a day?
-I don't know, maybe one.
Well, I really have no explanation for that. It's a mystery, some sort of scientific anomaly. All I can figure is it's a combination... of genetic good luck and you're one tough son of a bitch. I would try to get you to quit smoking, but I'm afraid it would do you more harm than good.

Jul 09, 2018

I'm not dying?
-When it comes to things like heart disease or cancer, at your age, if it was gonna kill you, it would've.
-Well, short of shooting you with a silver bullet... or stabbing you with a wooden stake... it seems the older you get, the longer you're gonna live.
Now do you get much exercise?
-Yeah, I walk around all the time. I do five yoga exercises every day... Twenty-one repetitions each, for years.
Do your knees ever give out?
I could do a lot more tests, but I think it's gonna turn out to be exactly what I think it is.
-What's that?
You're old, and you're getting older.
-That's your diagnosis?
It's all I got.
-Well, that's bullshxt.
The body is gonna break down at some point. As far as I know, nobody has lived forever. It's gonna happen to all of us.

Jul 09, 2018

You never get lonely being alone?
-There is a difference between being lonely and alone. You know, I saw this happen with my father. He started to lose his eyesight, and with it his ability to drive. It wasn't getting older that bothered him, it was the loss of his freedom, his mobility.
It's all fine as long as you realize it's all part of the process.
You know, most people don't get to where you are. They get hit by a bus or get leukemia or something. They never get to the moment that you're in right now. We have the ability to witness what you're going through, and clearly examine it and, more importantly, to accept it.
Are you okay?
- That's subjective.
So a guy picks a case and I've gotta wait a fxcking hour to see what's in it?

Jul 09, 2018

Anyway, I met... I met this fantastic woman. And she met a bum, a deadbeat. Did she try to change me? No. Did she expect me to change myself? No. She accepted me for who I was.
- Who you are.
Who I am. I'm still ungatz, nothing.
You know why sharks don't eat attorneys?
- Uh...
Professional courtesy.
He's gone, Howard, and you're all alone. We come in alone, and we go out alone.
-That's awfully bleak.
It's beautiful. "Alone" comes from two words, all-one. It's in the dictionary
He's not missing, Howard. He's just not here. He's there, wherever the fxck that is. And if he's not there, then he's nowhere.

Jul 09, 2018

You know that saguaro near your yard? That thing was barely a twig when Roosevelt was born. They're contemporaries, you know? They watched each other grow up.
You all think of a tortoise as something slow. But I think about the burden he has to carry on his back.
-Yeah, it's for protection. But ultimately, it's the coffin he's gonna get buried in and he has to drag that thing around his entire life?
Go ahead and laugh, but he affected me. You know what I'm saying? He affected me. There are some things in this universe, ladies and gentlemen, that are bigger than all of us. And a tortoise is one of 'em!
You were such a cute, little boy. Oh, and such a handsome young man in uniform. This photo at the beach, are these your kids?
Were you ever married?
-No... were you?

Jul 09, 2018

Liberace. Didn't you ever hear of him?
-Yes, I've heard of him, he's wonderful.
I feel like such an asshole. When this guy first came on the scene, I wrote him off as just another extravagant fruit. If you stop and listen to him, you'll see he's brilliant! And I don't know how the hell he plays with all those rings on his fingers, that's even more impressive. Look at him. And I don't know why I ever gave a shxt about who he was screwing in the first place. If he was getting laid, more power to him. Hmm, I can hardly get it up anymore.
The two of them are like heterosexual life partners.
-Only one thing worse than awkward silence... small talk.
… there's a garbage truck that... I mean, just barely missed me. There was no more room between my car and that truck than between me and this tie. A half a second... a half a second made all the difference.

Jul 09, 2018

Well, "The future's not ours to see." Hell, I've made a whole career out of that. Wills and trusts, you know, it's about planning for things that you can't foresee. Just because you can't see 'em... doesn't mean they're not gonna happen. It is written. Mm-hm, somewhere.
Marines, huh?
- Yes, sir. You?
- Navy.
Oh, okay, okay. You guys are great. You always gave us a lift to the fight. I read somewhere where the Marines didn't have the the mental capacity to understand the inner workings of a ship.
They call me Lucky. I was a cook. On paper, that's supposed to be the easiest job in the Navy. That's why they called me Lucky. What were you riding in?
- LST.
Landing Ship Tank, right?
We called it a Large, Slow Target. We were hauling ammunition for the big battleships. More like riding a stick of dynamite.

Jul 09, 2018

I remember this little girl, couldn't have been more than seven, in rags. I don't know, she saw us coming, I guess, and right out of nowhere, out of a hole or wherever it was... and she had this... God, this beautiful smile on her face. And it wasn't a facade, it was coming from somewhere inside, from the center of herself. Good Lord, in that shxt hole, something like that really stands out. It stopped us in our track. Here we were, all covered with shxt, pieces of people everywhere, and I couldn't see a tree left. And she's grinning from ear to ear. So I said to my corpsman, I said, "Look at this, we got somebody who's happy to see us." And he said, "She's not happy to see you. She's a Buddhist. She thinks she's gonna be killed, and she's smiling at her fate." When I think about that little girl's beautiful face, and that smile, in the midst of all that horror, and how she summoned... joy. They don't make a medal for that kind of bravery.

Jul 09, 2018

I kept thinking about how much time he spent planning his escape. And how much care he took in making sure I couldn't find him. And then I started to realize that he wasn't leaving me. He was just going off someplace else to do something he thought was important. I even felt guilty for standing in his way for so long. So I stopped looking for him. If it's meant to be, I'll see him again. He knows where I am, and I'm leaving the gate open.
Ownership is a fallacy.
-Why can't you just live by the rules?
Authority is arbitrary and subjective.
-This is the same kind of attitude that got you 86-ed from Eve's.
The truth of what is, for all of us. Which is... That it's all going to go away. You, you, you, you, me, this cigarette, everything into blackness, the void. And nobody's in charge. And you're left with... ungatz. Ungatz. Nothing. Nothing. That's... that's all there is.
-And what do you do with that?
What do we do with that? You smile.

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