This Sunday, the State Theatre, a rehabbed old time cinema in downtown State College is featuring A River Runs Through It (1992). Showtimes: 4 and 7 PM. The film is based on a novella (1976) of the same title by Norman McClean. The story is set in western Montana on the Blackfoot River. It follows two sons of a Presbyterian minister as they come of age in the early twentieth century. The film and the book are also, perhaps mainly, about fly fishing. State College is famous among the fly fishing crowd as the heart of some of America's best fly fishing. The film is presented byTCO FlyShop, a a local fly fishing supply business, as part of the State Theatre's "favorite movie" series.
If PSULaw presented a favorite movie night at the State Theatre, what would be our favorite law movie?
These are my nominees to get the project started:
A Few Good Men
I've seen this so many times I can recite most of the dialog. My favorite line? Demi Moore: "I object, I strenuously object. . . ."
My Cousin Vinnie
Yes, this is exactly what it feels like to pass from an ordinary person to a lawyer. My favorite line? Joe Pesci: "Oh, a counter-offer. That's what we lawyers - I'm a lawyer - we lawyers call that a counter-offer. This is a tough decision here. Get my ass kicked or collect $200. Let me think... I could use a good ass-kickin', I'll be very honest with you... nah, I think I'll just go with the two hundred."
Paul Newman is glorious as a lawyer who sees a big malpractice trial as the path to personal redemption.
May 1 is Law Day in which lawyers in America celebrate our heritage of liberty under law. If we can agree on a film, I'll see about getting the State Theatre for a PSULaw Law Day event. All you need to do is to add your nomination as a comment below.