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Doomed Blond Bombshell Not Really Included Billy Bob Thornton Directs ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’
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Posted on 12/11/2013 1:24:45 PM PST by Bender2

Doomed Blond Bombshell Not Really Included
Billy Bob Thornton Directs ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’

By STEPHEN HOLDEN
Published: September 12, 2013

-SNIP-

“Jayne Mansfield’s Car,” directed by Billy Bob Thornton, from a screenplay he wrote with Tom Epperson, has the loose structure and uncertain tone of a long, rambling yarn. As it drifts from topic to topic, its characters debate war, heroism, mortality and social change. Another theme of the movie, set during the Vietnam War, is generational strife, exemplified by the Caldwells’ strident pro- and antiwar factions.

-SNIP-

“Jayne Mansfield’s Car” is rated R (Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian) for strong language, sexual content, nudity, drug use and some bloody images.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


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My main reason for watching the DVD for this film was it stars Robert Duvall. The man is spellbinding in any role he plays as he ages and this one as he moves into his eighties is no exception.

Duvall has a strong cast behind him: John Hurt, Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick, Ray Stevenson, Katherine LaNasa, Frances O’Connor, Shawnee Smith and "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" alum Ron White.

I got the DVD from Netflix and watched it this morning. It is a strange film with the pace, feel and opulence of the true south (Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee) I recall from living there during the 1950s and 1960s with the emphasis of the film being 1969 when the Vietnam War was the center of pro and con attention.

While 'Nam' is the cry shouted in protest, the characters lives revolve around the war experiences of the two old men from the Great War of 1914-1918 and their sons' from World War Two. A dead wife/ex-wife and her funeral brings all this to the top as she is brought from England to be buried in Alabama.

The film does contain some cursing, sexual content, nudity, drug use and bloody scenes but nothing as bad as many of today's horror films and/or video games but the storyline of siblings trying to come to grip with and resolve feelings and lack of feelings make this a film I can recommend.

At times in the film I felt I could almost close my eyes and be transported back to my own family, my own lifetime leading up to the film's 1969. Perhaps if you are younger than my 66 years or born and bred outside Texas-The Old South, the plot may not be appealing.

However, I say, give Jayne Mansfield’s Car a test drive. I think you will find something of the human condition there and you won't mind the trip there and back--

1 posted on 12/11/2013 1:24:45 PM PST by Bender2
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To: Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; shove_it; TrueKnightGalahad; Cincinatus' Wife; ...

Sorry, for this not being placed in ‘chat’ the Mod pulled it, so we will give it another try—


2 posted on 12/11/2013 1:26:02 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

Sounds interesting. Robert Duvall makes very few ‘stinkers’.
Thanks for the review.


3 posted on 12/11/2013 1:27:55 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance
Re: Sounds interesting. Robert Duvall makes very few ‘stinkers’. Thanks for the review.

Well for a fella I keep shooting and shooting and he keeps coming back... I think you'll like it, but put you fingers in your ears when they cuss, close your eyes when the gals gets naked and kick them hippies to kingdom come when they protest the war!

4 posted on 12/11/2013 1:33:51 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

bookmark for thoughts after watching . . . RD, JH, BBT working together sounds promising


5 posted on 12/11/2013 1:36:38 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Bender2

I wish some FR would be tasked with enforcing punctuation. It seems to be getting worser and worser.


6 posted on 12/11/2013 1:46:51 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Bender2

I remember when she got killed. I was just a kid. She was one more smokin’ hot mama!!!


7 posted on 12/11/2013 2:02:35 PM PST by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: tomkat

Why would I want to watch a film with the likes of someone that resembles Jayne Mansfield....: )


8 posted on 12/11/2013 2:02:36 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Bender2

Maybe we need to round up some Pamprin or Midol for the Mods. Seems like they have had a major flow working this week.

On the other hand, this sounds like a film worth checking out. I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could.


9 posted on 12/11/2013 2:03:20 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Bender2
loose structure and uncertain tone of a long, rambling yarn

Uh....

10 posted on 12/11/2013 2:11:01 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Liberty Valance
"Sounds interesting. Robert Duvall makes very few ‘stinkers’."

We'll forgive him for "Days of Thunder", a Tom Cruise flick he co-stared in. I'm sure he got big bucks for it and a guy has to earn a living.

11 posted on 12/11/2013 2:13:11 PM PST by circlecity
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To: jsanders2001

Maybe it features a 1966 Buick Electra 225

http://www.buickstreet.com/images/my66electra-fullright-atpark.jpg

This is, as I always make a point of telling my kids, what a real car looks like.


12 posted on 12/11/2013 2:24:15 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Bender2; mickie; pax_et_bonum; flaglady47
"The film does contain cursing, sexual content, nudity, drug use and bloody scenes but the storyline.......makes this a film I can recommend."

Oh-KAY....

"Otherwise, how did you enjoy the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"

Leni

13 posted on 12/11/2013 2:34:51 PM PST by MinuteGal (Repeal.....NOT Revamp !!!)
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Am I the only one that can not understand the title of the article?


14 posted on 12/11/2013 2:42:33 PM PST by Captainpaintball
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To: Bender2
That's Jayne on the right:

15 posted on 12/11/2013 2:44:51 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: jsanders2001
why, for the 'educational' value, silly wabbit !
16 posted on 12/11/2013 2:48:14 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Dalberg-Acton

And that’s Sophia Loren on the left, una bellisima femina!

;^)


17 posted on 12/11/2013 2:56:45 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: jsanders2001

My understanding is that Jayne Mansfield is not a character in the story. I guess it’s used to score visibility for the film and indicate an approximate time period in history.

But Hollywood’s been ramping up the 1960s “vietnam war” at home stories in the past year or two.

Meanwhile Obama’s wars go un-noticed, un-reported, un-protested.


18 posted on 12/11/2013 2:57:51 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Bender2

Sling Blade was good...if not a bit weird.But it sounds as if I’m gonna give this one a miss (as I do with 99.99% of what Hollywood produces).


19 posted on 12/11/2013 3:00:12 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: RatRipper
I remember when she got killed. I was just a kid. She was one more smokin’ hot mama!!!

It happened just South of where I grew up in MS; I just remember the horror I felt hearing she'd been decapitated.

Jayne was a good looking woman, but frankly, I think her daughter, Mariska Hargitay, is prettier still.

20 posted on 12/11/2013 3:02:00 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: circlecity; Liberty Valance
Robert Duvall. The man is spellbinding in any role

For me, a toss up between The Great Santini and Lonesome Dove. Two great roles for Bobby.

21 posted on 12/11/2013 3:59:46 PM PST by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: Bender2

LOL - I think i like it already.


22 posted on 12/11/2013 4:22:01 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Bender2

Did Church of Satan kill Jayne Mansfield??

http://jenniferlinton.com/2011/07/15/jayne-mansfield-publicity-whore-possible-satanist-but-definitely-a-goddess/


23 posted on 12/11/2013 4:29:16 PM PST by Colehill1999 (Revolution is a dish best served cold)
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To: Bender2

He’s got a messed-up upper lip. ‘Cause I was aiming for his lower lip and missed. Lucky Ned Pepper...


24 posted on 12/11/2013 10:39:36 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: llevrok
For me, a toss up between The Great Santini and Lonesome Dove.

The Apostle - The Godfather 1 & 2 - To Kill a Mockingbird - Tender Mercies - Open Range - Broken Trail - The Natural

25 posted on 12/11/2013 10:45:55 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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