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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Night At The Movies-Get Low With Robert Duvall

If you are a fan of Robert Duvall and/or Bill Murray, then you will enjoy this movie.  This movie, set in the 1930s, is about a mysterious recluse, Felix Bush played by Robert Duvall, who has lived in the hills of Tennessee for 40 years. After hearing from the Reverend Gus Horton played by Gerald McRaney that a friend of his "just got old" and died. Feeling his own mortality, he decides to have a living funeral and goes to visit Reverend Horton to ask him about a funeral.  Since the Reverend Horton does not know Felix Bush except through gossip and tales from the town people, he is unable to tell him what he would say in his eulogy and Felix walks out.  A young man, Buddy Robinson played by Lucas Black, happens to be in the church at the time and overhears the conversation and goes to his boss, the owner of Quinn Funeral Home, (Bill Quinn) played dryly and with understated wit by Bill Murray, who's business is bad because no one is dying and tells him he knows someone who is looking for a funeral.

Felix has a story to tell that revolves around Mattie Darrow, played by Sissy Spacek and wants to ask for forgiveness for a secret that he has been carrying around with him for 40 years and wants to do this while still alive but he's not certain he can.  He goes to see the Reverend Charlie Jackson, played by Bill Cobb, who he shared his secret with years ago to ask him if he would talk for him.  Reverend Jackson refuses which changes Felix's mind altogether about the funeral because he can't find anyone to speak for him.

There is plenty of dry dialogue from Robert Duvall as only he can do and humor from Bill Murray but in the end what Felix Bush tells everyone left me feeling my own mortality.  This starts out slow and you may think it isn't going anywhere
but it gains momentum and gives you something to think about.  I would rate this movie a 7 out of 10.

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