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RIP, Ned Beatty.

Ned Thomas Beatty
(July 6, 1937 – June 13, 2021)

He’ll always be remembered for Deliverance (1972), his first movie, but Ned Beatty was terrific in all sorts of things. He passed away yesterday at 83.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Beatty was in some key films of the 70s — Deliverance, White Lightning (1973, above), All The President’s Men (1974), Network (1976, which landed him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor), Superman (1978) and 1941 (1979). The decade was loaded with great character actors, and he was at the top of the heap.

More good stuff followed, from Hopscotch (1980) to Toy Story 3 (2010). He’s a lot of fun in a pretty terrible thing called Rolling Vengeance (1987).

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Blu-Ray News #22: 1941 (1979).

1941 Laser box detail.jpg

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring (in more or less the order I could remember them) Warren Oates, Slim Pickens, Elisha Cook, Jr., Dub Taylor, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Stack, Ned Beatty, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eddie Deezen, Nancy Allen, John Belushi, Lorraine Gary, Dick Miller, Murray Hamilton, Christopher Lee, Tim Matheson, Toshiro Mifune, Susan Backlinie, Lionel Stander, Sam Fuller, Bobby Di Cicco, Perry Lang, John Landis, Penny Marshall, Treat Williams, Wendie Jo Sperber, Lucille Bensen, James Caan

Is there a movie you like more because everyone else seems to hate it? For me, that’s Steven Spielberg’s 1941 (1979), a movie I dearly love and will lift up till the day I die. But saying that, I also understand, and even agree with, many of the complaints about it. Sure it’s big, it’s loud, it’s stupid, it’s disrespectful — and those are all completely positive things in my book.

It’s also coming to Blu-ray in May as a stand-alone disc (it was already part of a snazzy Spielberg set) — with both the two-hour theatrical cut and the longer, expanded thing. I’ve always preferred the theatrical version — I feel it has a better rhythm to it, even though it offers less Slim Pickens, Dick Miller, etc. Speaking of those guys, how could a movie that boasts Warren Oates, Slim Pickens, Elisha Cook, Jr., Dub Taylor, Dick Miller, Murray Hamilton, Christopher Lee and Toshiro Mifune not be a treasure?

1941 is also the movie that made me really realize there was some guy named John Milius that I needed to learn more about.

Mifune Spielberg Lee 1941

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