For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies II

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your co-pilot once again. We have now descended to 31,000 ft. It’s way before dinner, but seeing how you have been so patient on this flight, your pilot Webster and I thought we would give you a sneak preview of our after dinner entertainment for this evening. By the way, smoked talapia is on the menu tonight, so hold your appetites until then!

This scene is the final one from tonight’s selection, Chariots of Fire, which won the Academy Award for best picture in 1981. This scene includes a rousing rendition of William Blake’s Jerusalem and features Eric Lidell winning the 400-meter sprint, against all odds.

So again, sit back and enjoy the ride and thank you for flying YIM Catholic Airlines!
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  • Allison Salerno

    Hey! I am making breaded tilapia for dinner with grilled green beans. Tonight, however, my clan is going to a local indie bookstore to see "The Three Muskateers' – the 1973 version. Hope all are having a fruitful and not-to-snowy Lenten friday.

  • That's the best version ever! Charlton Heston, Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Raquel Welch et al. Outstanding! The opening title with the sword…Cold Steel

  • Allison Salerno

    I haven't seen it Frank, but my hubbie, is VERY psyched. They are actually doing a double feature – the Four Musketeers after that one. Too bad y'all don't live closer or you could join us!

  • Webster Bull

    I love this film for a thousand reasons, but here are two. When I last watched the film, it was with my recently widowed mother, who said, "Your father would have loved this movie." And I knew she was right. He was an Eric Liddell type. Second reason, it has one of the great lines ever in a "non-religious" movie. When Eric's sister tells him to give up running and be a missionary, like their father, Eric answers, "Jenny, I know God made me for a purpose, but he also made me FAST. When I run, I feel his pleasure." That line is voiced over the final race in the scene Frank selected, and if you don't know what finally happened to Eric, this scene will show you as well.One of my all-time 5-10 favorite movies.

  • Allison Salerno

    Speaking of movies, has anyone seen "Bella?" it is an absolute gem of a film. It has a strong prolife message, but it is not didactic or overtly religious in any way it is just eccentric and loving.

  • EPG

    Chariots of Fire is one of the great ones. Of course, Lidell was a Scottish Presbyterian … good to see that the Catholics are so ecumenical (grin).Allison, you are in for a treat with Lester's version of the Dumas story. It is a rollicking good time. Seeing "The Four Musketeers" immediately after is a special treat. It basically covers the second half of the novel, after D'Artagnan becomes a musketeer. Lester found that the film was too long, so it was decided to release it in two parts, with the second part being called, "The Four Musketeers." The main actors, however, had signed a contract for _one_ film, and objected. Litigation ensued. The relative unavailability of the Four Musketeers, I have been told, relates to the initial rancour over its original release, and the way the rights are tied up.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite Lenten movie is CHOCOLATE. I watch it every year in Lent.Steve