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Having grown up in the 1980s and 90s, I watched a fair share of tough guy movies- those action romps starring the likes of Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Steven Seagal, and Mel Gibson. As such, they were an infinite source of delight for myself and my friends, as we would digest the visual spectacle of explosions, car chases, and epic throw downs between giants of the silver screen. These were the days when you actually had to rewind the footage (on a VHS tape), if you wanted to relive a particularly potent sequence that tickled your fancy. But long after the movies had expired within our antiquated VCRs (those are ancient electronic devices that used to display movies, for those of you too young to remember), my friends and I would keep the story living on by dispensing choice quotes from our (rather questionable) role models.
My point is, if you’re of a similar background, having grown up enjoying “tough guy” movies with your friends and family, then you will undoubtedly take great pleasure in reliving some of these fine moments. This collection of quotes offers a wide variety from the genre’s biggest names- and more importantly, it offers context. Rather than just offering a bunch of disjointed one-liners, the author has instead provided a wonderfully comprehensive explanation of each quote- where it happened, in response to what, etc. This was a brilliant idea, because though I could remember most of the one-liners, many of them eluded me, until I read the corresponding context. Additionally, each quote is accompanied by two pieces of trivia- one for the movie in question, and one for the actor. This makes for some fantastic, fun, light reading.
I was also surprised by the variety of selected movies that was used in this collection. Though the majority fall within the 80s/90s realm, there are some older ones quoted as well, plus some more modern, weirder stuff, like “Snakes on a Plane” and “Shoot ‘Em Up”. And this is not just a book about action movies… there are multiple genres in here, including westerns (“Tombstone”, among others), crime dramas (“The Untouchables”, for instance), and comedies (like “Big Trouble in Little China”). Finally, there is a very handy index included at the end of the book, which contains a list of all movies and actors referenced in the book. The best part of this index? All the names within have links attached in the Kindle version, so you can jump to the desired location in the book with a press of your finger.
Highly recommended for any fan of “tough guy” movies- and all the wisdom their heroes delight in imparting.Share