Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Final Line Project: Jimmy Stewart

JAMES "Jimmy" STEWART
May 20, 1908 - July 2, 1997

Select Filmography:
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The Philadelphia Story
It's a Wonderful Life
Rope
Winchester '73
Harvey
Rear Window
Vertigo
Anatomy of a Murder
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance


Random Fact: During World War 2 Jimmy Stewart rose to the rank of Colonel in the Air Force. After the war he would eventually attain the rank of Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserves.

Final Film Performance: An American Tail: Fievel Goes West - Voice Actor - Wylie Burp, 1991.

THE FINAL LINE

"But if you ride yonder... head up, eyes steady, heart open... I think one day you'll find that you're the hero you've been looking for."

Reflections: There's a very good reason this began with Jimmy Stewart. It was his final line, one I remember from the very first time I saw the film, that became the catalyst for me wanting to do this list. Something beautifully completing in a man who so embodied the ideal American hero, now telling a new generation to find the hero in themselves. Sure I'm looking into it too much, but with a spin that beautiful, who wouldn't be?


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7 better thoughts:

Tom said...

I couldn't agree more. It's a great final line.

Alex said...

Oh that is a great one! So fitting for him, even if the movie itself isn't exactly a lasting classic (though I did enjoy it as a kid of course).

Castor said...

Great final line. Glad to see he went out with something inspiring and not some random meaningless line.

Dan (Top10Films) said...

A line so fitting for the man. A legend and a truly great man.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

Great final line, I'm sending in my three choices as we speak, but I don't know if they can top Jimmy.

Univarn said...

@Alex It doesn't age perfectly, but I still enjoy it. Jimmy Stewart's voice alone is worth it for me. "Give them the lazy eye!" + "One man's sunset is another man's dawn (lead in to the above line)" just awesome :P


@Andrew Look forward to getting them! If you want to do the reflections segment for the links I won't mind. Doesn't have to be about the quote, some are more fitting than others. Just the person in general is good by me :)

The Floating Red Couch said...

This is a very cool line and a very cool idea for posts.

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