Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: The Hunt For Red October
Welcome back to the pleasant and relaxed Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame, friends! Today's nominee is brought to us by reader Craig: The Hunt For Red October.
Because I've never seen the movie — I know! I know, I'm sorry! But this is why we Nation-source things, people! — I don't want to rule on it myself, so I'll let Craig make his case. We'll discuss it for a few days. If the commentariat is on board, it'll go in.
One other administrative note before I give Craig the floor here: I've added a category. It's called "forget you, melon farmer," and while I don't think it's required, it's definitely indicative — because it means that you own the PFM in question, but will still allow it to captivate you when it's chopped up with commercials and bowdlerized with basic-cable-safe "curse" words.
All right, C-Town. Hit it.
I posted this on the comments on the original post (and I love this idea) but I wanted to follow the rules and email it to you directly.
- lengthy? Yep, 2 hours, 14 minutes.
- familiar/frequent? A staple of basic cable in the 1990s.
- classic/award-winner? Hey, it actually did win an Oscar for best Sound Editing.
- "Greetings, Professor Falken" (big payoff/long-shot victory a la WarGames)? "Combat tactics, Mr. Ryan…"
- "Wanna have a catch?" (Pavlovian tear-jerk)? Okay, not a lot here, but the quiet scene at the end where Ryan welcomes Ramius to the New World is a wonderful coda.
- quote-fest? I use at least 15 quotes from this movie a month, easy.
- caper-ish or -adjacent camaraderie? Well, they are trying to steal a nuclear submarine when you come right down to it.
Great, top-flight cast (Baldwin, the best Jack Ryan; Sean Connery; Sean Connery's expensive hairpiece; Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones) and great character actors (Fred Dalton Thompson as the Admiral, for one).
I know my partner in crime G may have made similar arguments, but I thank you for your time. Also, Diner, fantastic choice.
Thanks, Craig. Again, I haven't seen the movie (though I can attest that it was on cable connnnnstantly 10-15 years ago), but looking at the IMDb entry for it, I note an impressive roster of Hey, It's That Guy!s, which is generally a good sign (Skarsgard Sr. is in at least two of my PFMs).
On the black-letter criteria, this looks like a solid 5 or 6 — possibly a 6 or 7 if Craig owns the movie.
Readers: Talk to us. Is TH4RO a PFM? Why/not?
Craig: Congrats, you're the proud owner of a shirt from the TN store; thanks so much for submitting.
Update, 5/6/14, 10 PM: I think we have a quorum; it's in there.
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame is here. To nominate your own PFM, email bunting at tomatonation dot com with a rundown of the criteria and your argument for why it deserves a cushion. If I use your entry, free loot shall be thine.
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