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Saturday, November 28, 2015

My First 10 Films?

After so much time has passed it's difficult to tell the difference between real memories and reconstructed ones, but cataloging the movies I've seen via Letterboxd would seem to reveal the films I was first exposed to. I'm about 75 percent certain that I saw these movies close to their original release dates or during re-releases either at the movie theatre in the Leaf Rapids Town Centre or (in the case of The Other Side of the Mountain) at the drive-in in Flin Flon. Here's the list, starting with the earliest first, with the dates I believe I saw them in brackets:

The Towering Inferno (December 1974)
Escape to Witch Mountain (March 1975)
The Return of the Pink Panther (May 1975)
When Worlds Collide (June 1975)
The War of the Worlds (June 1975)
The Apple Dumpling Gang (July 1975)
The Other Side of the Mountain (July 1975)
The Four Musketeers (September 1975)
The Hindenburg (December 1975)
The Bad News Bears (April 1976)

It's possible that I saw The Apple Dumpling Gang a couple of years later on a Wonderful World of Disney broadcast; in any event, I remember discussing the film with my cousins William and Carol Anne while we were all living in Leaf Rapids, so I must have seen it between 1975 and 1979. I remember being bored at the drive-in during The Other Side of the Mountain, and bored and then horrified by The Hindenburg in Leaf Rapids. I also recall getting scared out of my wits by the When Worlds Collide/The War of the Worlds double bill at the theatre in Leaf Rapids. For 75 cents, by the way, I saw both movies and I got a soda and popcorn.

I have the vaguest memories of The Four Musketeers and the two Pink Panther films. I'm certain I saw at least one of the Panther films, and possibly both, in Leaf Rapids, and I have a feeling I saw The Four Musketeers there, but I can't claim to be absolutely sure it was one of the first ten.

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