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Leadership Ideas from a Movie: You’ll Never Guess Which One
Peace and Freedom ^ | October 16, 2006 | John E. Carey

Posted on 10/16/2006 5:23:13 AM PDT by John Carey

A film that came and went in 2003 deserves another viewing if you saw it then and if you missed it you might pick it up for a family viewing. The film “Master and Commander” with Russell Crowe gives new insight into the at-sea culture of 1805 Britain; and sadly, speaks volumes about the degenerated world we occupy in 21st century America. “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” strikes viewers as an old-fashioned sea saga that few thought Hollywood could still produce. This is not just a war movie but a lesson in leadership, teamwork and character.

Most movies today offer us pabulum and fantasy. They don’t encourage us to greater good but instead emphasize the darker side of human conduct. Drug abuse, homosexuality and fantasy often fill the screen. Computer graphics so sophisticated they remove us from reality have enthralled Hollywood and thrilled viewers. Many of our “leading men” are pretty-boy weak sisters who may have a certain appeal to 14-year-old girls but have none of the raw manliness and power of John Wayne. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves come to mind, but they are not alone.

It seems Hollywood and television producers want us to worship the gay, lighthearted and without-depth in our culture today. Powerful men are largely taboo.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: hornblower; leadership; masterandcommander; pimpmyblog; russellcrowe
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1 posted on 10/16/2006 5:23:14 AM PDT by John Carey
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To: John Carey

An excellent movie.


2 posted on 10/16/2006 5:26:40 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: John Carey

a great movie. if you like this genre, don't forget the new "Horatio Hornblower" series starring Ioan Greunfeld (or however you spell it)


3 posted on 10/16/2006 5:26:40 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: John Carey
John Wayne. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves

3 of these things are not like the other, 3 of the things are kinda the same. Can you guess which three do not belong here?

4 posted on 10/16/2006 5:29:40 AM PDT by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: Delta 21

Ha! Even Keanu is a bit of a stretch!


5 posted on 10/16/2006 5:33:39 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: John Carey

Hold the phone...


6 posted on 10/16/2006 5:34:44 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Expect a lot of democrat poll-smoking between now and 11/7)
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To: camle
Ian's Welsh last name is spelled Griffith to most of the English speaking world. It is one of the few Welsh names that survived the English takeover of the Welsh language. He uses the old Welsh version "Gruffudd."
7 posted on 10/16/2006 5:35:16 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

ah! thank you for correcting me. The first time I saw one of these pics, I had doubts about his being cast as HH. After contemplating, and watching his performances, I came to beleive that he is underappreciated and is splendid for the part.


8 posted on 10/16/2006 5:37:29 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: John Carey

Pretty good movie, great books.


9 posted on 10/16/2006 5:37:55 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: John Carey
He never gives up and he wouldn’t know the meaning of the phrases “striking the colors” or “backing down.”

IIRC, in the book Master and Commander Jack Aubry did just that, albeit in the face of overwhelming force.

10 posted on 10/16/2006 5:40:09 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: John Carey

Go to any service academy football game and watch a thousand or more young Jack Aubreys march into the stadium. Concepts such as duty, honor, teamwork and leadership are still alive and well at some places in our society.


11 posted on 10/16/2006 5:41:54 AM PDT by blau993
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To: blau993
Here! Here!

Go Navy! Beat Army!

12 posted on 10/16/2006 5:43:58 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: jalisco555

George Washington was also pretty good at the strategic retreat.


13 posted on 10/16/2006 5:50:42 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62
George Washington was also pretty good at the strategic retreat.

LOL, practice makes perfect. Washington did that a lot. But it turned out OK in the end.

14 posted on 10/16/2006 5:52:57 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: John Carey
That was a pretty good film. Even though they kind of differed from the source material (In the original book, they were fighting Americans in the War of 1812, in the movie, they're fighting the French in the early Napoleonic Wars), the acting was great, especially from Crowe and that little boy who suffers such a tragic injury in the beginning (I'm not giving anything away), and it did have a good story.
15 posted on 10/16/2006 5:53:48 AM PDT by Chewie84
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To: John Carey

There was a brief mention in an enthusiast magazine [for the life of me, can't remember the title, but it's been within the last few months] to the effect that Russell Crowe recently paid a quiet 'look-see' visit to the sailing ship used to film the movie. The ship's museum staff were delighted to give him a tour, said the article, and in the process he is reported to have told them that there is a sequel in the works. Anybody else heard this?


16 posted on 10/16/2006 5:55:28 AM PDT by Clioman
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To: Delta 21
John Wayne. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves 3 of these things are not like the other, 3 of the things are kinda the same. Can you guess which three do not belong here?

That's easy, John Wayne, Brad Pitt and Keanu were/are good at memorizing lines and repeating them on cue. Leonardo DiCaprio is the only one who is a great actor, and getting better with each movie.

17 posted on 10/16/2006 5:55:39 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Chewie84
That was a pretty good film. Even though they kind of differed from the source material (In the original book, they were fighting Americans in the War of 1812, in the movie, they're fighting the French in the early Napoleonic Wars), the acting was great, especially from Crowe and that little boy who suffers such a tragic injury in the beginning (I'm not giving anything away), and it did have a good story.

They changed the story for commercial reasons, since a movie with Americans as the enemy wouldn't be very popular here (the sentiment of many in Hollywood notwithstanding) and the French are perfect bad guys. And yes, the kid was very good. He's also good in the HBO series Rome, where he plays Octavian (the future Augustus).

18 posted on 10/16/2006 5:57:04 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: Dixie Yooper
Leonardo DiCaprio is the only one who is a great actor, and getting better with each movie.

I'll second that. He's a real talent.

19 posted on 10/16/2006 5:57:51 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: Dixie Yooper

...extreme eye roll...


20 posted on 10/16/2006 5:59:23 AM PDT by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: Clioman

The ship is the Rose, a very authentic replica of a British fighting ship (I forget which class). For years the Rose offered paying passengers the opportunity to crew her as she sailed the Eastern seaboard. Passengers would climb the rigging and do all the other chores necessary to sail the ship. I had planned to do this myself but the Rose's owners sold her so she could be used to make the film so my procastination cost me the opportunity.


21 posted on 10/16/2006 6:01:08 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: John Carey
"the world is a dangerous and tough place"

You bet it is.

Literally. You bet your survival and that of your children on your ability to comprehend this basic fact.

Do not trust your security, that of your family, or that of your nation to those who do not understand just how dangerous and tough the world is. It is all too easy to forget from the comfort of one's soft bed, well stocked kitchen, luxurious movie theatres, or lavish cocktail parties.

Those lounging in the baths of the decadent Leftist enclaves of America are having fun, no doubt, but they are deep in the delusion that, through their example, they can convert the world from a dangerous and tough place into one that is safe and gentle, where everyone accepts their ideals, where the fun of decadence will eradicate the danger and toughness of the world.

Such people are the greatest danger of all in a dangerous and tough world.

It is such decadence that will surrender the safety and gentleness that is also a part of the world to the dangerous and tough.

22 posted on 10/16/2006 6:01:24 AM PDT by Savage Beast (9/11 was never repeated thanks to President Bush and his expert--and ATTENTIVE--leadership!)
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To: Moonman62
George Washington was also pretty good at the strategic retreat.

Strategic is right ... he was leading a distinctly inferior force ... keeping it in existence was itself a victory. Add to that, each time he retreated he first exacted from his enemy a high price for making him retreat. Under the right circumstances, that can be a winning strategy.

23 posted on 10/16/2006 6:01:43 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: John Carey

But I don't WANT John Wayne. I want THIS. And I don't care whether he passes the "can he drag a woman by the hair across Ireland" test. Leave my Keanu alone.

24 posted on 10/16/2006 6:05:23 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: camle

Have both the HH box set and Master and Commander on DVD. Great stories. I haven't seen anything on it but both have room for more episodes.


25 posted on 10/16/2006 6:07:08 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: John Carey

Actually, IBM used use 12 O'Clock High to demonstrate types of leadership. Great movie. I love what they can do with CGI nowadays, but I hope they NEVER remake 12 O'Clock High!


26 posted on 10/16/2006 6:12:48 AM PDT by Little Ray (If you want to be a martyr, we want to martyr you.)
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To: Clioman
....and in the process he is reported to have told them that there is a sequel in the works.....

Excellent news.
I want to find out what happens if and when he catches the French vessel.( causing the Frogs to fly the white flag)

27 posted on 10/16/2006 6:14:41 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: John Carey

We have our own copy and watch it about once per year. This movie is a genuine depiction of life on the high seas at that time in history when the British Navy was shaping the modern world -- see book of that name by Arthur Hermann, another fine read.


28 posted on 10/16/2006 6:15:55 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: Delta 21

One man, 2 questionable gender-confused types, and one metrosexual.


29 posted on 10/16/2006 6:16:57 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: A_perfect_lady

"What the hell is a keanu?"


30 posted on 10/16/2006 6:17:42 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: jalisco555

For those who are interested in the ship.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_%28ship%29


31 posted on 10/16/2006 6:18:14 AM PDT by Cheburashka (World's only Spatula City certified spatula repair and maintenance specialist!!!)
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To: John Carey

Loved the movie and loved the music from the movie....


32 posted on 10/16/2006 6:19:02 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: John Carey

Pictures, please. Any picture of Russell Crowe would suffice...


33 posted on 10/16/2006 6:19:15 AM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (Mohammad was a pedophile. Islam is a cult.)
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To: Cheburashka

Thanks for the link. I hadn't thought about the Rose for a long time but I regret that I passed up the opportunity to sail on her. I figured there would always be time.


34 posted on 10/16/2006 6:20:51 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: John Carey

DiCaprio was not a "weak sister" in either Gangs of New York nor Departed.


35 posted on 10/16/2006 6:21:01 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: Delta 21

Don't tell me you were looking for John Wayne as the answer!
John Wayne was a great institution and person, but not much of an actor. The only really great western he ever really made a difference in was The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, but that's because he played an arrogant jerk. Which by the way fit his acting perfectly.


36 posted on 10/16/2006 6:21:04 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"What the hell is a keanu?"

There was only one Bogart. It's a pity that many of his movies are so hard to find on DVD.

37 posted on 10/16/2006 6:28:29 AM PDT by EricT. (The Democrats have decided it will either be a Democrat led America, or no America at all.)
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To: jalisco555
If there's a sequel, they'll need extras, so pay attention.

When they made the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, they put out an open call to anyone in New Zealand who had a horse and wanted to be in the movie. They outfitted everyone who showed up with the necessary prosthetics, armor, uniforms, equipment.
38 posted on 10/16/2006 6:29:22 AM PDT by Cheburashka (World's only Spatula City certified spatula repair and maintenance specialist!!!)
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To: Cheburashka
If there's a sequel, they'll need extras, so pay attention.

According to the DVD they were very careful in recruiting extras for Master and Commander. The were looking for people who had the kind of battered look that a Royal Navy seaman of the day would have. I'm not sure I'd get the part since I have all my teeth!

39 posted on 10/16/2006 6:34:45 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

I hope they make more episodes of both MAC and HH series, but I reckon they'd be rather expensive.

wonder which weevil they'd pick?


40 posted on 10/16/2006 6:36:52 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Dixie Yooper

"John Wayne was a great institution and person, but not much of an actor."

I disagree with you. Wayne was masterful at delivering the quip at the right moment.

I don't recall the movie, but he and Rock Hudson rode out on horseback to parlay with a gang of villians about to attack a wagon train.

They're talking, the parlay isn't going well so Wayne pulls out his revolver and shoots the bad guy. They ride back with the gang right behind them shooting at the wagon train.

All these bandits are attacking and this woman is standing there holding a rifle. She asks why he shot the bad guy. He says: "Well, ma'am, we just ran out of things to talk about."

Maybe I just like well-delivered quips.


41 posted on 10/16/2006 6:38:10 AM PDT by sergeantdave (Consider that nearly half the people you pass on the street meet Lenin's definition of useful idiot)
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To: John Carey; Admin Moderator
When you're excerpting your own blog, sir, shouldn't you post it under Bloggers and personal and not news?
42 posted on 10/16/2006 6:40:05 AM PDT by metesky (My investment program is holding steady @ .05˘ a can.)
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To: John Carey
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Master and Commander was the best Star Trek movie since The Wrath of Khan.
43 posted on 10/16/2006 6:41:15 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: John Carey

I teach a course at Penn State called "Leadership Studies in Popular Film." I haven't seen (all of) Master and Commander, but here's a link to one of my course pages that includes a partial list of the films I've used in class:

http:\\www.personal.psu.edu\rcs8\filmlist.htm


44 posted on 10/16/2006 6:45:05 AM PDT by zook (America going insane - "Do you read Sutter Caine?)
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To: zook

oops: make that

http://www.personal.psu.edu/rcs8/filmlist.htm


45 posted on 10/16/2006 6:46:04 AM PDT by zook (America going insane - "Do you read Sutter Caine?)
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To: A_perfect_lady
I don't WANT John Wayne. I want THIS. And I don't care whether he passes the "can he drag a woman by the hair across Ireland" test. Leave my Keanu alone.

You surprise me. I thought it was fairly well established that Keanu was a gay blade. You want a gay? Very well. . .

46 posted on 10/16/2006 6:46:30 AM PDT by Fairview
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To: WV Mountain Mama
>Pictures, please. Any picture of Russell Crowe would suffice...<

Ok, he may be a colossal jerk, but he's an attractive jerk.

47 posted on 10/16/2006 6:47:10 AM PDT by Darnright (http://media.putfile.com/Webb-on-Allen)
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To: EricT.
There was something about Bogie's screen presence that few if, any ever came close to. In my hometown in PA, there's an old WWII-era theater buidling, the upper floors of which, have always been offices, but the ground floor theater was essentially sealed when the plexes appeared at the malls. When I was in High School, a local charity held a fundraiser in the theater and I was able to see "Casablanca on a big screen in a real movie house, packed from basement to balcony.

After all the establishing scenes, when the camera first went to Bogart, seated at his desk in that immaculate white dinner jacket, his aura filled not only the screen, but the entire theater. Every female in the place, regardless of age, let out an audible gasp, and at that moment I thought to myself, "I want what he's got."

48 posted on 10/16/2006 6:47:16 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: jalisco555

All is not lost. There is a Swedish ship that sails out of Baltimore and I believe you can crew her sometimes. There is also a replica of Cook's vessel that comes to America sometimes and permits people to crew on her. There are a few other opportunities; google can help.


49 posted on 10/16/2006 6:48:08 AM PDT by Fairview
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To: Fairview

Thanks. I'll do that.


50 posted on 10/16/2006 6:50:27 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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