Sunday, September 28, 2008
Trouble Along the Way (Warner Bros. 1953)
Well, my depression state hit an all time new low this weekend watching my guys get their asses destroyed by another subpar team. The old guy who sits beside me at the stadium every year said it best, "We started off great but we knew there would be trouble along the way." And that's the story how Trouble Along the Way starring John Wayne and Donna Reed became the Edge Conservative Movie of the Week!
A lot of times I hear my friends with kids say I would do anything for my son or daughter. If that's true with you, then you should enjoy this week's movie!
You know, sometimes we ask a lot out of people. Sometimes we ask things or expect things that are almost impossible (no comments about ECU from the peanut gallery!). We ask our elected officials to fix our problems, and when they fall short...well...they're the biggest SOB's that ever lived...even if we voted for them.
Ex-football coach Steve Williams (Wayne) is going through a terrible divorce. He is seeking custody of his little girl, but with no job he has almost no hope of keeping her...or seeing her again.
Williams meets Father Burke (Coburn) who runs a small Catholic College in New York. The college is very poor and will be closing its doors unless it can bring in revenue in a hurry! Burke hires Williams to coach the football team, revitalize the program and bring interest back to the failing school, but the team is undermanned and has zero talent.
Oh and did I mention that Father Burke went over Williams head and constructed the most difficult football schedule ever for 1953? VS. Santa Clara? VS. Villanova? VS. Notre Dame?
If the school closes, the students will leave, Williams is out of the job and will lose his daughter. The only way for Williams to have instant success with these huge expectations is to start bending some recruiting rules...which he regrettably does.
Maybe it's a stretch that this movie is conservative, but I liked it. It's a good comedy/drama about a parent that would do anything to keep their kid...even if it means getting really dirty.
Here is trailer...
Neat story about the movie...