We have all felt like the underdog at one time or another and that's why these films appeal to us so much. We root for the people who seem to have everything and everyone against them which we not only see in films but have seen in real life as well. Have you ever felt like the underdog? Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what the other film buffs have chosen. Now, here are my 3....
1. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON-1939
1939 was the best year in movies...books have been written about this year alone, I know because I own 2 and this film is one of the classics. James Stewart gave an Oscar worthy performance as a young senator who idealistically wishes to buy some land for a national boys camp. The problem is that this same land is wanted by a manipulative man who wants it for a dam but is really a graft scheme. The corrupt a-hole has a big senator, much admired, in his pocket. They think the young, innocent senator will be a pushover but they are strongly mistaken. Jean Arthur plays the disillusioned love interest who helps the young senator learn some of the tricks. James Stewart gives one of his best performances here where he actually took swabbed his throat with mercuric chloride (Yikes!) to make his voice hoarse in the climax of the film. It is a must film to see.
2. THE BAD NEWS BEARS-1976
I love this film and it is much better than the remake with Billy Bob Thornton. It Stars Walter Matthau as a drunken has-been who is given the task to shape up these misfit kids into some sort of baseball team. These kids are the typical freaks and geeks who truly suck at the game until they bring in a young gal who has a killer arm and pitches deadly baseballs. He also brings in the juvenile delinquent who is considered the best athlete. This is politically incorrect film, my favourite kind, with some great music from Bizet's Carmen that just enhances the scenes all the more.
I had no idea about this famous horse until I watched this film. This horse grabbed national headlines during the 1930's because he was considered an underdog that won many titles. The horse is not the only underdog, Tobey McGuire is the jockey who is blind in one eye. The Trainer is old and considered beyond his work years and the owner has of Seabiscuit is a lost soul after his son dies. They all find salvation in this horse and the horse finds it in them. The rest of the people, ravaged by years of the Great Depression feel redeemed by this horse. This film deeply touched my heart and really shows how one can never give up.
All of these films speak about never giving up and to stick to our dreams no matter what so this is why I end this with this song....