RR Movies: Promises And Choices

Well, the USA has heard the promises and can clearly see the choices offered, so what now? I wish I could see an outcome that didn’t involve more hate, more lying and more division. America, Fuck Yeah!

Most films involve choices, of course, but maybe those also involving promises are a little rarer. I’ll start off with this year’s Captain Fantastic, in which the choices made by parents about how to bring up kids are centre-stage. As circumstances change, however, the implicit promises made between them are tested.

What films dealing with promises and choices would you recommend?

20 thoughts on “RR Movies: Promises And Choices

  1. I suppose that the most obvious one is Sophie’s Choice when it comes to making choices, but I would argue that promises and choices are at the core of many films.

    If you look at the John Ford Western The Searchers the plot is driven by the choices made by the main characters, whether it is John Wayne’s character Ethan Edwards choosing to go off on a cattle recovery chase, only to find out that it was a ruse so that the Comanches could attack the homes of the cowboys, or Natalie Wood’s Debbie choosing to remain with the Indians who abducted her. Ethan’s promise to himself and to his remaining family members to rescue Debbie is the main driving force of the whole film.

    • I haven’t seen Sophie’s Choice but I read the book, sends chills down my spine whenever I think of it. Being put in a position like that. Whatever happened to Kevin Kline anyway?

  2. For “Choices” I suggest “The Graduate” – Ben is seduced by Mrs Robinson but defies her and his parents by choosing to chase after her daughter Elaine, interrupt her wedding and run off with her – into an uncertain future.

  3. Don’t blame me, I’m off to write in Bernie and vote for legal weed and animal rights.
    Since others so far went for choices, I’ll try to think of something about promises. No promises to leave my abject cynicism aside though.

  4. Ok, I’m going to go for The Deer Hunter. There were the wedding promises, but the big one was Robert DeNiro promising to Christopher Walken that he wouldn’t leave him over there in Viet Nam. Long story short, he returns to Viet Nam to bring him back in a body bag for burial.

  5. I’d go for something like
    * Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee/ Little Big Man
    * Schindler’s List or even the adaptation of Leon Uris’s Exodus,
    * Lincoln both for promises made and the choices of Lincoln/Grant.
    * and close to my heart is The Legend of Bhagat Singh – about the Jallianwallah Bhag Massacre.

  6. Run Lola Run – a failure to meet as promised is the background, thereafter it’s how some different choices impact the ongoing story and characters associated with those decisions. only watched it once but a great movie. the female lead was the support in the first Bourne movie.

  7. “Choose life”. “Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram . . . And hope that someone, somewhere cares.”

    And hope that the somebody that cares has the character of Ripley in Aliens 2 promising not to leave Newt.

  8. Er Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?

    I think Trainspotting qualifies for the choices part !!

  9. Matko Destanov, a small-time Romani smuggler and profiteer, lives with his teenage son Zare in a ramshackle house by the Danube River in eastern Serbia near the Bulgarian border.

    He has plans to acquire a whole train of smuggled fuel, which he finds at cut-price. To obtain a loan that would subsidize the heist, he visits Grga Pitić, a wheelchair-using old gangster, who’s an old friend of Zarije Destanov, Matko’s father and Zare’s grandfather. Matko then plots the details of the job with an ally named Dadan, a rich, fun-living, drug-snorting gangster who has a harem, juggles grenades, and cheats at gambling. However, Dadan double-crosses him and glitches up the deal by giving Matko a drink that is drugged, and carrying out the job while Matko is unconscious, which means that Matko owes Dadan a great deal of cash. Matko cannot afford to pay, so Dadan makes a deal whereby he would forgive the debt, thereby wiping the slate clean, if Zare and Afrodita, Dadan’s midget sister whom he desperately wants to marry off, get married. However, Zare is in love with Ida, a barmaid who works in an establishment run by her Roma grandmother Sujka, and Afrodita is waiting for the man of her dreams. Dadan coerces Afrodita into marrying by dunking her in a well, while Zare first learns of the scheme to marry him off from Ida, who has overheard Dadan and Matko plotting it in the restaurant where she works. Meanwhile, Zare retrieves Zarije from the hospital where he is being kept, with the aid of a gypsy band. Grga Pitić is having problems of his own, as he wants his grandsons, including six-foot plus giant Grga Veliki, to get married.

    Black Cat, White Cat:

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