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  1. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    16 Mar '10 01:51
    Sorry if we did this before, but what are RHPers' five or so favourite films dealing with the so called American Dream?

    My suggestions...

    Glengarry Glen Ross
    Born On The 4th Of July
    There Will Be Blood
    The Big Night
    Jimmy Hollywood
  2. Standard member Traveling Again
    I'm 1/4 Ninja
    16 Mar '10 18:18
    Rocky
    Fight Club
    There Will Be Blood
  3. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's only business
    16 Mar '10 19:00 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Traveling Again
    Rocky
    Fight Club
    There Will Be Blood
    Fight Club? Really?

    On that note, Cinderella Man.
    The Fountainhead maybe.
  4. Standard member Seitse
    Doug Stanhope
    16 Mar '10 19:24
    Platoon.
  5. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's only business
    16 Mar '10 19:36
    Originally posted by Seitse
    Platoon.
    Very funny
  6. Standard member Seitse
    Doug Stanhope
    16 Mar '10 19:41
    What? Is there only one authorized cinematographic
    approach to the American Dream or what?

    Platoon is a movie validly exploring the A.D.

    Also Boogie Nights, American Me, and American Beauty.
  7. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's only business
    16 Mar '10 19:49 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Seitse
    What? Is there only one authorized cinematographic
    approach to the American Dream or what?

    Platoon is a movie validly exploring the A.D.

    Also Boogie Nights, American Me, and American Beauty.
    The American Dream is a phrase that describes upward social and economic mobility through hard work, democracy and thrift. I'm not sure how Platoon is relevant.

    Boogie Nights is a good one. I considered American Beauty and decided not to offer it, but it's a worthy example.

    I haven't seen American Me.
  8. 16 Mar '10 21:27
    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
  9. Standard member Traveling Again
    I'm 1/4 Ninja
    16 Mar '10 22:02
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Fight Club? Really?
    Absolutely. OP didn't say to list the movies that most positively and successfully represent the "American Dream." Fight Club is the dark other side of the dream.
  10. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's only business
    16 Mar '10 22:25
    Originally posted by Traveling Again
    Absolutely. OP didn't say to list the movies that most positively and successfully represent the "American Dream." Fight Club is the dark other side of the dream.
    I really don't see the relevance. Do you mean the American male fantasy of fighting?
  11. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's only business
    16 Mar '10 22:29
    8 mile
  12. Standard member expuddlepirate
    Exaulted high possum
    16 Mar '10 23:19
    Far and Away
  13. Standard member Traveling Again
    I'm 1/4 Ninja
    16 Mar '10 23:44
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    I really don't see the relevance. Do you mean the American male fantasy of fighting?
    It's not just about guys fighting...

    "Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God d**n it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy s**t we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off. "
    - Tyler Durden

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137523/quotes
  14. 17 Mar '10 00:23
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    Trading Places
    Scarface
  15. Standard member Seitse
    Doug Stanhope
    17 Mar '10 06:47 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    The American Dream is a phrase that describes upward social and economic mobility through hard work, democracy and thrift. I'm not sure how Platoon is relevant.

    Boogie Nights is a good one. I considered American Beauty and decided not to offer it, but it's a worthy example.

    I haven't seen American Me.
    Oh, I see, it must be something positive and presto to praise
    how fantastic the A.D. has worked for each and every person
    for the last 200 years.

    Sorry. Me bad.

    - - -

    P.D. (1) Platoon has everything to do with the AD, actually.

    P.D. (2) Forget about 'Scarface' then.