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Any good Gene Hackman movies to watch tonight?

posted at 2:36 pm on October 31, 2012 by

I’m suddenly in the mood for one:

Sgt. Andrea Dobyns told Albuquerque ABC affiliate KOAT-TV,”Our officers got a call from a homeless male who said he’s just been beat up by Gene Hackman. This male got up in his face, assaulted him.”

Police determined it was an act of self-defense, after speaking with both Becker and Hackman.

Dobyns explanined to KOAT-TV, “Mr. Hackman did slap the homeless male across the face.”

“This homeless male actually assaulted him and his wife, put him in fear for his life and his wife’s life,” Dobyns continued.

Don’t get too excited Hackman fans. Dobyns described Hackman’s blow “more like a slap than a punch”. Hackman isn’t that much of a bad ass.

At 82? That’s bad-ass enough for me — and Hackman had a real reputation as a brawler during his early years in Hollywood, too.  He may have let the other man off the hook.

Of course, I don’t endorse violence as a response to rudeness, and we should settle our disputes reasonably and rationally.  That being said … anyone up for The French Connection tonight?  The Package?  Company Men?  How about … Unforgiven?

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I’d go with Unforgiven. Or Hoosiers.

changer1701 on October 31, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Heist

lorien1973 on October 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Of course, I don’t endorse violence as a response to rudeness, and we should settle our disputes reasonably and rationally. That being said … anyone up for The French Connection tonight? The Package? Company Men? How about … Unforgiven?

Crimson Tide

Bitter Clinger on October 31, 2012 at 2:40 PM

The Poseidon Adventure.

Mark1971 on October 31, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Heartbreakers

JPeterman on October 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Unforgiven!

D-fusit on October 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

That being said … anyone up for The French Connection tonight? The Package? Company Men? How about … Unforgiven?

Love Clint in Unforgiven, prefer Hackman in French Connection or Enemy of the State.

peski on October 31, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Try a change of pace and watch ‘The Replacements’, a fun football movie with Keanu Reeves, some real hot cheerleaders, and Gene Hackman actually…

smiling.

It might be a first.

Dr. Mercury on October 31, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Heist was awesome. Great choice.

Ed Morrissey on October 31, 2012 at 2:54 PM

He’s one guy you won’t see running some prissy, lemming-like “all Hail Obama” advertisement, I can tell you that.

Opposite Day on October 31, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Can’t miss with Hoosiers.
I also liked The Company Men.
Although the latter one didn’t have Gene Hackman in it.

22044 on October 31, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Are you all confusing The Company Men with The Firm?

2ndMAW68 on October 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Becker (the homeless guy) has a history of assault in Santa Fe. Several years ago he was locked up for assaulting a woman and her baby on a hiking trail here in Santa Fe. I expect Hackman’s report was accurate, this probably wasn’t just a case of aggressive rudeness on Becker’s part.

LostInOz on October 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I figured someone would have guessed Young Frankenstein by now.

Rimsky on October 31, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Antz (General Mandible)

crash72 on October 31, 2012 at 3:12 PM

One of my favorites is “No Way Out”, with Hackman as SECDEF. Mainly a Costner movie, but Hackman’s pieces are all great.

NoDonkey on October 31, 2012 at 3:16 PM

No Way Out
Superman: The Movie
Superman II
Unforgiven
The French Connection
The Conversation
Young Frankenstein(although it’s only a cameo)
Hoosiers

You can’t miss with any of those.

Doughboy on October 31, 2012 at 3:20 PM

The Interview, which is mainly him & Morgan Freeman talking.

Adjoran on October 31, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I figured someone would have guessed Young Frankenstein by now.

That’s Gene Wilder. :)

crazy_legs on October 31, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Young Frankenstein(although it’s only a cameo)

Wait a minute… now I’m confused. Where was Hackman in that?

crazy_legs on October 31, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Heartbreakers

JPeterman on October 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

LOL Good one

Norwegian on October 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Wait a minute… now I’m confused. Where was Hackman in that?

crazy_legs on October 31, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Hackman played the blind man.

Doughboy on October 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM

“Superman”. He played a great, if comic, Lex Luthor. “Uncommon Valor” and “Narrow Margin” are recommended. Three duds – “Eureka”, “All Night Long” and “Absolute Power”.

rickv404 on October 31, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I didn’t realize Hackman was 82. I’ve been a fan of his forever, so I guess that makes sense. Even though it’s primarily an Eastwood movie, I’m big on Absolute Power.

Lightswitch on October 31, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Hoosiers, Mississippi Burning, or Crimson Tide (phenomenal soundtrack).

BuckeyeSam on October 31, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Hackman played the blind man.

Doughboy on October 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM

The guy who pours hot soup and hot coffee all over the monster, before lighting a match that freaks him out.

GWB on October 31, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Another of my favorites is “the Royal Tannenbaums”. One of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.

NoDonkey on October 31, 2012 at 3:51 PM

The guy who pours hot soup and hot coffee all over the monster, before lighting a match that freaks him out.

GWB on October 31, 2012 at 3:49 PM

And BTW, that’s Young FRONK-EN-STEEN.

Doughboy on October 31, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Heartbreakers

JPeterman on October 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

LOL Good one

Norwegian on October 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Didn’t Hackman ask Sigourney Weaver to sing something in Russian and we got this???

Sigourney Weaver sings “Back in the USSR”

JPeterman on October 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Hobo Slap I
Hobo Slap II
Hobo Slap…with a Vengeance!

Blake on October 31, 2012 at 4:00 PM

GWB on October 31, 2012 at 3:49 PM

OK, it’s just hot soup he pours in his lap, he smashes the stein with wine in it, and he lights the monster’s thumb on fire.

Doughboy on October 31, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Hehehe.

GWB on October 31, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Hackman played the blind man.

Dang, I’m gonna have to dig it out and re-watch it. For the life of me I can’t remember him.

crazy_legs on October 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Any of them just to watch Gene Hackman. Like Michael Caine, he’s usually the best and only good thing in the movie.

kim roy on October 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

The guy who pours hot soup and hot coffee all over the monster, before lighting a match that freaks him out.

Oh, that guy! OK, I remember him now.

crazy_legs on October 31, 2012 at 4:04 PM

French Connection (always), Night Moves, Scarecrow, Heist

Robert_Paulson on October 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM

The guy who pours hot soup and hot coffee all over the monster, before lighting a match that freaks him out.

GWB on October 31, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Actually, Hackman was trying to light a cigar for the monster, and set the monster’s thumb on fire. _That’s_ why he freaked out.

And I would suggest ‘The Conversation’. Paranoia at it’s finest. And just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they are not out to get you.

Timothy S. Carlson on October 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

“I don’t deserve this. I was building a house!”

Mallard T. Drake on October 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Unforgiven & Crimson Tide

LurkerDood on October 31, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Young Frankenstein.

skydaddy on October 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

The Quick and the Dead…oh wait good movies, damn.

Not gonna lie, I kind of enjoyed The Birdcage…and I’m not even old. Not his best role, but pretty entertaining.

nextgen_repub on October 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Any of them just to watch Gene Hackman. Like Michael Caine, he’s usually the best and only good thing in the movie.

kim roy on October 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Heh, that reminds me of the movie PCU and the “Caine-Hackman Theory”.

Doughboy on October 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Another of my favorites is “the Royal Tannenbaums”. One of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.

NoDonkey on October 31, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I thought that was one of the strangest movies I ever saw.

Bitter Clinger on October 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

He’s a more interesting bad ass in French Connection II. One of the few excellent sequels out of Hollywood, directed by John Frankenheimer.

rrpjr on October 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I’ll recommend Unforgiven. Hackman plays the badass Little Bill.

Also I’ll also recommend Young Frankenstein. Hackman plays the uncredited roll of the blind man. :)

simkeith on October 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Duh.

:)

Shump on October 31, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The French Connection. 10 times in succession.

But don’t forget that Onion parody of the Western, Sharon Stone’s The Quick and the Dead. Which had the additional merit of introducing Russell Crowe (great acting, moronic politics) to the American audience.

J.E. Dyer on October 31, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Didn’t Hackman ask Sigourney Weaver to sing something in Russian and we got this???

Sigourney Weaver sings “Back in the USSR”

JPeterman on October 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Very good actor. Note his “raised eybrows” when she sings the line about “didn’t get to bed last night.”

IrishEyes on October 31, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Unforgiven, definitely. For my money it doesn’t get any better than Clint Eastwood saying “Any man doesn’t wanna get himself killed better just clear on out the back”.

stout77 on October 31, 2012 at 7:04 PM

I wonder if Clint and Morgan Freeman are on speaking terms.

stout77 on October 31, 2012 at 7:05 PM

The Conversation. Probably his masterpiece.

YehuditTX on October 31, 2012 at 9:39 PM