Movie Wisdom – George Kennedy Edition

31 Jan

We saw The Gambler, and the opening scene had Mark Wahlberg talking to his hospitalized grandfather. As soon as the grandfather spoke, I knew it was George Kennedy, who has one of those voices that stands out. This was his only scene, but it was one of my favorites.

In honor of seeing George Kennedy in The Gambler and realizing that he is still with us, here is some wisdom that can be found in his movies.George Kennedy

From Spartacus

All men lose when they die, and all men die.

We must remain true to ourselves.

A good body with a dull brain is as cheap as life itself.

From In Harm’s Way

All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be someplace else.

Indecision is a virus.

From Shenandoah

When you love a woman without likin’ her, the night can be long and cold, and contempt comes up with the sun.

A man who eats with his hat on is going nowhere in a hurry.

From The Flight of the Phoenix

Insurance companies move in mysterious ways.

From Cool Hand Luke

Sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.

From Bandolero!

There things a man ought never do – spit in church, scratch his self in front of his ma, and pick his nose.

From Cahill U.S. Marshal

You call the tune, and you pay the piper.

A man has got a right to change his mind.

From Death on the Nile

Rules are made to be broken.

Yep, there is some wisdom in George Kennedy’s movies.

7 Responses to “Movie Wisdom – George Kennedy Edition”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong February 1, 2015 at 02:18 #

    “Insurance companies move in mysterious ways.” Anyway who has ever filed a claim following a car accident will agree with that!

    • Rick February 1, 2015 at 04:15 #


  2. Andrew Petcher February 3, 2015 at 17:50 #

    Just watched ‘Lonely are the Brave’ how do you rate that?

    • Rick February 3, 2015 at 19:36 #

      I haven’t seen it. What did you think?

      • Andrew Petcher February 3, 2015 at 20:11 #

        Interesting. I didn’t like it before – a modern western, but this time round it was ok. Didn’t like the ending. George Kennedy plays a predictable part!

  3. returntothe80s February 25, 2015 at 17:59 #

    I didn’t know he was still alive. That’s awesome!!

    • Rick February 25, 2015 at 18:03 #

      I didn’t either. I was shocked when he was in the movie.

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