Movie Wisdom – James Caan Edition

3 May

Yesterday, I was flipping through the channels and came upon a movie that I had never seen. In The Killer Elite, James Caan, Burt Young and Bo Hopkins are trying to protect Mako from Robert Duvall. This thing has 1070s written all over it. The action takes place in San Francisco, and I kept wondering if they would run into Dirty Harry Callahan. They looked like the kind of guys he would go after.

Anyway, this started me thinking about all of the James Caan movies that I have watched. In turn, that started me thinking about all of the wisdom that can be found in James Caan movies. At least, that started me thinking about all of the wisdom that can be found in James Caan movies that I have watched.Rollerball

Here we go.

From El Dorado

A man can’t shoot good when his horse is jumping.

Faith can move mountains, but it can’t beat a faster draw.

From Brian’s Song

Every true story ends in death.

From The Godfather

A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.

Women are more dangerous than shotguns.

Don’t discuss business at the table.

Times have changed.

From The Godfather: Part II

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

Good health is the most important thing. More than success, more than money, more than power.

From Rollerball

Comfort is freedom.

Four or five little things make one big thing.

From The Killer Elite

It’s in the manner of living and of dying one finds relevance.

Every country needs at least one voice raised in opposition.

From Dick Tracy

There’s a big world out there, and it’s up for sale.

All’s fair in love and business.

A big boss must have a vision.

From Honeymoon in Vegas

Always remember to have good words come out of your mouth.


6 Responses to “Movie Wisdom – James Caan Edition”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong May 3, 2016 at 01:39 #

    Always liked James Caan. He’s a local boy, from my neck of the woods. I think he went to Hofstra (for a while) too. I always thought he had style. A class act. Nice that you remember him, too.

    • Rick May 3, 2016 at 01:48 #

      I always thought he was cool.

  2. Andrew Petcher May 3, 2016 at 12:24 #

    I had forgotten that he was in Godfather II. Just one scene and he was allegedly paid as much for that as his entire performance in The Godfather! He must have made them an offer they couldn’t refuse!

    • Rick May 4, 2016 at 03:11 #

      Yep. It was an important scene, too. At least, that’s my opinion.

  3. jcalberta May 13, 2016 at 19:10 #

    Great stuff.
    James is an Actor that I never felt made the most of his talent. But he’s not finished yet. Has work in 8 films coming up.

    • Rick May 17, 2016 at 02:27 #

      I also thought he underacheived. He was in some great movies but never reached superstar status.

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