Thursday, 19 June 2008

Thanks Cressie !!

Cressie came round last night and brought me a few things. She brought me a dress to borrow, a blouse, some magazines and the best thing ever - her Mum's copy of one of the best movies ever "An Officer and a Gentleman". Every one knows of my love of all things with any kind of military theme - and very recently I have been reminded that my time in the Army was a very special time in my life and holds many many fantastic memories for me. It is something that i am so glad I did in my life, and perhaps it was when I was at my absolute best...who knows?

Tonight I have sat and watched the movie again. (must be for about the tenth time!). I love this movie - almost as much as I love "Pretty Woman" (Richard Gere?...oh yes indeedy!!) (Also very good in 'American Gigolo') This week my 'Army memories' are more important to me than ever before.

The drill sergeant "Foley' is ace. His funniest line is "..only two things come from Oklahahoma...Steers and Queers!.." The main character Zach Mayo (Richard Gere) is tormented by the suicide of his mother and joins the Navy to become a pilot and escape from his drunken womanising father. He meets and falls in love with Paula (played by the very beautiful Debra Winger). Zach is a loner and Foley tries to turn him into a team player.

There are some great scenes - when Foley beasts Zach for the whole weekend in an attempt to 'break' his spirit and get his DOR (Dropped on request) ...and - fails miserably.

Lynette gets pregnant (or not) to trap Sid, and then dumps him when he quits the navy pilot's programme - because she only wants a pilot - so Sid, distraught - goes and hangs himself...Oh so sad :(

...and then the final part when Zach realises he loves Paula and goes to get her from the paper factory where she works. It's so romantic - and I don't mind admitting I shed a wee tear at the end.

What a lovely evening - I love this film - thanks Cressie !!!!

10 comments:

  1. OK, I agree that Officer and a Gentleman is a classic film but some of the characters are terrible.

    The best one in it is Foley, played brilliantly by Louis Gossett Jnr, but even he is like a cartoon character!

    Mayo 'haunted by his past' just needs to give himself a good shake and get on with life, Lynette is a tart and Sid is a loser. Who, when finding out his tart girlfriend is knocked up, quits his job? Babies are expensive!!!

    When he is dumped he hangs himself (in the shower I believe) proving beyond all doubt that he is a loser. We have all been dumped by someone we like but I've never reached for the rope!

    Finally, Mayo can do much better than some bird from a paper factory, he's a fighter pilot for gods sake. She may be attractive but she's not THAT attractive and I am sure that in years to come he will regret going back for her. Maybe that is why they never made a sequel? :-)

    Now on to Cressie. Are you sure she is not actually a used egg shell with a face on it which you have used to grow cress. You have then had a mental breakdown (Think Tom Hanks in Cast Away) and given this 'Cressie' a personality?

    Just a thought. :-)

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  2. OK, I agree that Officer and a Gentleman is a classic film but some of the characters are terrible.

    The best one in it is Foley, played brilliantly by Louis Gossett Jnr, but even he is like a cartoon character!

    Mayo 'haunted by his past' just needs to give himself a good shake and get on with life, Lynette is a tart and Sid is a loser. Who, when finding out his tart girlfriend is knocked up, quits his job? Babies are expensive!!!

    When he is dumped he hangs himself (in the shower I believe) proving beyond all doubt that he is a loser. We have all been dumped by someone we like but I've never reached for the rope!

    Finally, Mayo can do much better than some bird from a paper factory, he's a fighter pilot for gods sake. She may be attractive but she's not THAT attractive and I am sure that in years to come he will regret going back for her. Maybe that is why they never made a sequel? :-)

    Now on to Cressie. Are you sure she is not actually a used egg shell with a face on it which you have used to grow cress. You have then had a mental breakdown (Think Tom Hanks in Cast Away) and given this 'Cressie' a personality?

    Just a thought. :-)

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  3. Cressie the Pretty One20 June 2008 at 12:42

    Tracy..... I think you forgot to mention what else i have lent you.... Dust?!?!?!

    And can you let Chritian & co know who i am..... Your adopted daughter and fab older sis to Dan?!?!? Goes without saying different fathers!!!! xx

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  4. Cressie the Pretty One20 June 2008 at 12:42

    Tracy..... I think you forgot to mention what else i have lent you.... Dust?!?!?!

    And can you let Chritian & co know who i am..... Your adopted daughter and fab older sis to Dan?!?!? Goes without saying different fathers!!!! xx

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  5. Cressie is not an egg shell filled with Cress!!! Cressie is a lovely girl who is almost part of the family. As she says she is like my adopted daughter. And yes - I forgot to mention that she has also lent me some shimmery sparkly body dust!!!

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  6. Cressie is not an egg shell filled with Cress!!! Cressie is a lovely girl who is almost part of the family. As she says she is like my adopted daughter. And yes - I forgot to mention that she has also lent me some shimmery sparkly body dust!!!

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  7. and i am who! not part of the Wood family! bloody hell wot do i have to do to get in there! thank god Millie loves me!!!!

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  8. and i am who! not part of the Wood family! bloody hell wot do i have to do to get in there! thank god Millie loves me!!!!

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  9. Look - you can all be part of my family....OK????? God I thought I was popular but this is getting ridiculous :)

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  10. Look - you can all be part of my family....OK????? God I thought I was popular but this is getting ridiculous :)

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