The Cadillac Man

…..A woman would never make a nuclear bomb…..They
would never make a weapon that kills, no, no….They’d make a weapon that
makes you feel bad for a while…..

Robin Williams just committed suicide (August 11). He was brilliant in many movies (Good Will Hunting) and funny in others (Good Morning Vietnam), in Dead Poets’ Society he was funny and brilliant at the same time. A funny man with a not-so-funny personal life and a sad way to end it all at a ripe young age of 63.

In our opinion, comedy is a harsh look at life, softened by the humor. Williams was unsparing on everything holy, he would say that (his denomination) the Episcopal Church as “Catholic Lite—same rituals, half the guilt.” The holy cows will now be missing the dissing.

Here is Williams on Gandhi and Mother Teresa. Not perhaps appropriate for people who worship the (wo)man, not the actions (or ideas). Incidentally, the one thing that does irritate us is how many westerners mis-spell the name as Ghandi.

The movie that is closest to our heart (and one we suspect very few people will know or recall) is the Cadillac Man. Williams is at his persuasive best (indeed the plot looks a bit like his personal life) with the women AND the men. Unintellectual, shallow perhaps….but deeply entertaining. The best part in the movie is when he (Williams) realizes that the gun carried by the maniac (Tim Robbins) is not loaded, he has been wasting his time and energy all this time. That is when a switch clicks ON in his brain and he grows up from a man-boy to a man.
[ref. Wiki] Dead Poets Society won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (Tom Schulman). Peter Weir received a nomination for Best Director and the film itself was nominated for Best Picture of 1989. Robin Williams
received his second Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination and it has
since been widely recognized as one of the actor/comedian’s best roles.

It also won the BAFTA Award for Best Film.
The film’s line “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” was voted as the 95th greatest movie quote by the American Film Institute. Also, the film was voted one of the 100 Most Inspiring Films of All Time by the AFI.

[ref. Wiki] Queens car salesman Joey O’Brien (Robin Williams) must deal with the ever-increasing pressures in his life: he has an ex-wife demanding alimony, a daughter who’s missing, a married mistress (Fran Drescher) and a single mistress (Lori Petty)
who are both desperately in love with him, and a two-day deadline to
either sell twelve cars or lose his job. In addition, he has an
outstanding loan to a Mafia don which he must either quickly repay, or lose his life.

On the day of the big dealership car sale (and the final day of O’Brien’s deadline), the car dealership is taken hostage by an AK-47-toting motorcyclist (Tim Robbins) (on a Kawasaki H2) who believes his wife (Annabella Sciorra) is cheating on him. Joey manages to talk the man out of doing any harm to the other hostages,
as police surround the dealership. 

Without realizing that the
assailant’s gun is not loaded, the police wound him after most of the
hostages have already been released which prompts Joey to promise to
stick with him while he recovers. The crisis solves all of Joey’s
problems: his mistresses learn of each other and dump him, his daughter
returns, his job is secure, the Mafia don (whose son was among the
hostages) forgives his debt, and he begins to reconcile with his


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