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Film Discussion Lunch - Character Actors: Duvall & Hackman

Do you like talking movies? Do you like eating lunch? Why not combine the two as our gathering of film buffs leads to free flowing conversations on movies of any and every type. For our Film Discussion lunches, we will be starting out with a designated topic decided at the previous lunch, whether a filmmaker, era, style or genre.  

If it seems that most of the great films of the seventies featured either Robert Duvall or Gene Hackman, that may not just be because of their immense talents, but also the fact that character actors were valued in a way that the star system rarely allows for today.  In February, we’ll look at the long reach of these two veterans and the varied films which they reliably elevated. 


Gene Hackman

Bonnie and Clyde – 1967 (Arthur Penn)

I Never Sang for My Father – 1970 (Gilbert Cates) 

The French Connection – 1971 (William Friedkin) 

The Poseidon Adventure – 1972 (Ronald Neame)

Scarecrow – 1973 (Jerry Schatzberg) 

The Conversation – 1974 (Francis Ford Coppola)

Young Frankenstein – 1974 (Mel Brooks) 

Night Moves – 1975 (Arthur Penn) 

Superman – 1978 (Richard Donner) 

Hoosiers – 1986 (David Anspaugh)

No WayOut – 1987 (Roger Donaldson) 

Mississippi Burning – 1988 (Alan Parker) 

Unforgiven – 1992 (Clint Eastwood)

The Birdcage – 1996 (Mike Nichols) 

The Royal Tenenbaums – 2001 (Wes Anderson) 


Robert Duvall

MASH – 1970 (Robert Altman)

THX 1138 – 1971 (George Lucas) 

The Godfather – 1972 (Francis Ford Coppola)

The Godfather Part II – 1974 (Francis Ford Coppola)

Network – 1976 (Sidney Lumet)

The Seven Percent Solution – 1976 (Herbert Ross)   

Apocalypse Now – 1979 (Francis Ford Coppola) 

The Great Santini – 1979 (Lewis George Carlino) 

True Confessions – 1981 (Ulu Grosbard)

Tender Mercies – 1983 (Bruce Beresford) 

Colors – 1988 (Dennis Hopper) 

Rambling Rose – 1991 (Martha Coolidge) 

The Apostle – 1997 (Robert Duval) 

Open Range – 2003 (Kevin Costner) 

Get Low – 2010 (Aaron Schneider) 


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  • Cory G.

    Great meeting you all! I look forward to the next discussion.
    Cory Glaberson
    Reel Art Collectibles

    February 24, 2013

  • Jimmy O.

    3 of Hackman's best are quintessential New Hollywood cult obscurities: Prime Cut (1972, Michael Ritchie), Cisco Pike (1972, Bill L. Norton) and Zandy's Bride (1974, Jan Troell). One of Duvall's best is quintessential New Hollywood cult obscurity The Rain People (1969, F.F. Coppola). Roger Ebert (in Young Pulitzer Hipster mode) on The Rain People specifically and New Hollywood in general: "It's difficult to say whether (Coppola's) film is successful or not. That's the beautiful thing about a lot of the new, experimental American directors. They'd rather do interesting things and make provocative observations than try to outflank John Ford on his way to the Great American Movie."

    February 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wow, anybody got a recording of Zandy's bride we could do a mini-screening of? I can supply the projector...

      February 18, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      It used to turn up on the Encore Western channel, which is where i saw it, but otherwise? It's a rough, gritty, emotional domestic Western, giving it a similar tone as the great New Hollywood Western The Hired Hand; that means it could also be programmed on the Encore Love Stories Channel, but it's not sentimental at all. Big ups too for aficionados of early California history and Big Sur location shooting.

      February 22, 2013

  • Jimmy O.

    Trivia notes:
    1) Hackman and Duvall were, along with Dustin Hoffman, close friends as struggling young actors in NYC.
    2) Both Hackman and Duvall chewed up the scenery and got immediate attention in their credited screen debuts, Duvall playing Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird and Hackman playing a leering lingerie salesman in the less well-known Lilith. Hackman shared his one scene with Lilith star Warren Beatty, which must have influenced his casting in Bonnie and Clyde a few years later.
    3) Hackman wanted to star in The Brady Bunch TV series, but his agent advised against it and he turned it down. He'd soon owe much of his success to Peter Boyle's decision to turn down the lead role in The French Connection. Reversing these decisions creates an alternative Hollywood universe in which Gene Hackman gets a perm and guest stars in dozens of broadcast TV hits of the 1970's, while Peter Boyle wins two Oscars.

    February 18, 2013

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    January 1, 2013

  • Belinda D.

    Hey, I would not miss discussing Duvall for the world!

    December 31, 2012

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