Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Big Hand for the Little Lady

If you like smart, funny, touching movies with lots of stars and a surprise ending, this 1966 film is a must.

Starring Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards, Paul Ford, Charles Bickford, Burgess Meredith, Kevin McCarthy, etc., this western has a recovering poker addict (Henry Fonda) getting into the yearly "big game" that is normally reserved for a select few in the area.

He gets the poker hand of a lifetime and promptly keels over with a heart attack (don't worry, he survives). In order to save their life savings which are on the table, his wife (Joanne Woodward) must do the thing she hates the most and play out his hand. Unfortunately, she has neither the knowledge to play it nor the money to stay in the game.

The outcome is fun, sly, and for me was not predictable.

I highly recommend this movie, it has been one of my favorites for many years.

QUOTE: (After the poker game is over)
"How many truly exceptional women have you known in your life?"
"Only one"

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