Part 1 of 5: Harry Dean Stanton month
“No one’s in charge. 10 seconds from now none of us in this room know what’s gonna go down. So who the fuck’s in charge?” – H.D Stanton
“A perpetually haggard character actor with hound-dog eyes and the rare ability to alternate between menace and earnest at a moment’s notice, Harry Dean Stanton has proven one of the most enduring and endearing actors of his generation”…Read a full bio HERE
~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
Harry Dean has long been one of my favorite actors. I first saw him on the screen as a guitar strumming convict singing “Just a closer walk with thee” in Cool Hand Luke opposite Paul Newman. It was one of my dad’s favorite movies and I’m not sure I noticed Harry much the first few times around, but as an adult I realized I’d never forgotten that one scene.
The next film I saw him in was most definitely Wild at Heart, which is one of this month’s selections. Wild at Heart tells the tale of Sailor and Lulu, madly in love and fleeing her overbearing mother in a 1965 Ford Thunderbird. More on this film soon…
Harry Dean is the perfect hooligan. He always brings depth to even the smalles roll. Whether it’s gang member Spook in Mini-Skirt Mob, a crazed suit wearing biker Randolph Halverson in Rebel Rousers, or the iconic Repo Man himself, Johnny Farragut. Vehicular credits include:
The Rebel Rousers (1970) – Screening at Cine Meccanica, June 8th 2010.
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) – Screening at Cine Meccanica, June 15th 2010
Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers (1979) (TV)
Escape from New York (1981)
Repo Man (1984) – Screening at Cine Meccanica, June 22nd 2010
Wild at Heart (1990) – Screening at Cine Meccanica, June 29th 2010
Film critic Roger Ebert is quoted as saying, “no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.” However Ebert later admitted that Dream a Little Dream (1989), in which Stanton appeared, was a “clear violation” of this rule.
Stay tuned for part 2 of Harry Dean Stanton month…