July 30, 2005


Debra Winger had two back-to-back big chick flicks: Terms of Endearment and An Officer and a Gentleman in the early eighties and has not had a big, or decent, flick since. Gut-check time boys--who saw either movie on the big screen with a date? Who went for the purpose of showing your date that you could suit up in the armor of the Sensitive Male? Who went for the more nefarious reason that the movies were guaranteed to leave your date weepy at the end and thus more receptive to your charms? Be honest.

Posted by LMC at July 30, 2005 02:34 PM | TrackBack

Nah, I went to Officer and a Gentleman 'cause I was down in P'cola in flight school. An AOCS guy in my class told me that at a reception, the wife of the Aviation Schools Command CO was talking about the movie and was upset by the language. She was just sure their dear sergents were gentleman and never used such language.

Posted by: mike at July 30, 2005 04:23 PM

You make the important distinction between "big" and "decent" movies. I thought she was great in (the flawed, but still interesting) "Cannery Row", and also in the role of C.S. Lewis' wife (I forget the name of the film), neither of which was, as I recall, a big money-maker. "Cannery Row", incidentally, had some fine boogie woogie piano supplied by Dr John, if I recall the credits correctly.

Posted by: D. Carter at July 30, 2005 04:37 PM

C.S. Lewis film was Shadowlands, I believe. Anthony Hopkins as C.S. Lewis. I half expected him to "have Tolkien for dinner"; though he has been in a number of films where he plays the aging British gentleman -- Howards End, Remains of the Day, etc., so I guess he's not just a one trick, cannibalistic pony.

Posted by: The Colossus at July 30, 2005 11:26 PM

Never saw either of those movies for any reason whatsoever.

Posted by: Brian B at August 1, 2005 09:31 AM

There's an entire film about what happened to Debra Winger. I think it's called Searching for Debra Winger. It's about the "blackout period" that actresses go into when they hit their 40s. For about 20 years there, there are no good parts for women of that age. We don't forgive actresses for growing old (especially if they were once semi sex symbols or leading ladies. Debra Winger was a classic leading lady.) The women who keep working throughout their 40s and 50s are rare indeed. Rare enough that there would be an entire FILM made about the "disappearance" of Debra Winger.

I loved Shadowlands. I think she's a terrific actress. I would love to see her come back and kick some serious butt in her late 50s and 60s.

Posted by: red at August 1, 2005 10:14 AM
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