I take what n0e says way too seriously
9th April 2005
just saw this movie called Men With Guns. was relesed in 1997 and was written and directed by John Sayles. it is about a rich doctor who's wife has just died which puts things in perspective. he decides to go on a journy to find his legacy: the students he tought medacine to. im not good at sumarizing plots, so here is a link to people that are--->http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119657/
through a combination of being able to change the channel in the middle of a movie through the magic of premium cable and ADD, i have not wached a movie that is being shown on TV the entire way through without changing the channel for some time. this movie was different, i was glued to my seat from beginning to end. the plot and characters are compelling and stay true while, at the same time, evolving. this movie is without a doubt, the best movie i have seen in years.
I'll keep it in mind. Mandy Pantakin is the only actor I know which usually dictates what I view... Hooray for premium channels and Dish Network!!
Welcome to the world of real movies, Kading. I didn't see it all, but I too found it compelling, wondering if the doctor would find even one of his former stuents alive.
It's in the genre of tales-of-nightmarishly-screwed-up-Central-American-country. But unlike Salvador and Under Fire, it doesn't literally lay the ills of the world at the feet of the US, instead pointing to the evil hearts of Latin American militaries, as well as the almost criminal blindness of the well-meaning but naive educated classes. And, of course, the leftist rebels are wonderful, decent people.
I caught it well into the story, but if I understand correctly, it's the story of a retired medical school professor, a widower I think, in a nameless Central American country. He is a good man, an idealist, who ran a government program to educate and fund doctors to go to remote and impoverished rural backwater areas to provide the peasants there the first medical care they've ever had. He is proud of his country and culture. He has lost touch with his class of 5 or 6 young doctors, and at his retirement he wants to visit each one, to see their progress.
So he starts on a grueling off-road trip across sugarcane fields, along rivers, in tropical forests, up mountains. (His doctor's bag seems to be never empty of medical supplies, food or water.) Along the way he discovers that despite his intentions, and even the intentions of parts of his country's government, the program is a disastrer for everyone involved. Outside the capital city, where life good and relatively free, barbarism reigns supreme, and only the strong and ruthless survive. The army rules the provinces with an iron fist, and is peopled with thugs and bullies who do as they wish. Kindness and genrosity seem to have disappeared as the peasants struggle merely to survive.
It slowly dawns on the doctor that his students, who were acting as a sort of Latin Peace Corps all over the country, have all disappeared. No one will talk, but the army is repsponsible. The journey becomes more difficult and nightmarish as he encounters different persons who join with him for one reason or another: an orphan street-kid; an army deserter; a victim of the army's rape and pillage; a cowardly priest. Mandy Patinkin is part of a self-absorbed and culturally oblivious American couple, in country on a working vacation to search for ancient ruins, which the doctor's band sees from time to time.
The doctor begins as a man who believes in the goodness of man, and thinks his country is trying to do the right thing. He tends to dismiss the revolutonaries complaints as exaggerations, and doesn't believe stories of atrocities by the army. Slowly he learns how the army has terrorized the countryside, and has engineered the executions of most of his students so that its control of the people by terror remains secure. He finally admits he was a fool to have believed he could have made a difference, to have believed his coutry could move forward, or to have believed there is any good in man. He thinks all his work has been in vain. But as his quest ends in what looks like defeat, somehting unexpected happens whihc make sus think his work was not wasted after all.
It's a serious movie, for serious movie-watchers.
Thanks for the tip,looks great! Anyone seen Underground,its a crazy movie about WW2 Yugoslavia? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114787/ I just ran into this short movie,very nice; http://www.videosift.com/story.php?id=8548&where=index
That was on the IFC channel and well, I watched it for an hour and got bored.