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« on: February 27, 2014, 02:46:21 pm »


My earliest memory of Robert Duvall is in the film, "To kill a Mocking bird".
I have always been very impressed with his performances, especially with his Western portrayals. "True Grit" and "Lonesome Dove", etc, (just to name a very few).

I just finished watching "Stalin" staring Robert Duvall.
As is typical to his acting skills... it was excellent! Much to my surprise!
I had avoided this film for years, only because I thought the casting was So off for the main caricature. I was very wrong!!!!
True, it is not related to a cowboy flick, but, it does address his acting skills
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 03:47:12 pm »

"Open Range", is my favorite Robert Duvall movie.  But I must admit , I have been impressed by his acting ability.  An other movie he was in that I liked was, "Secondhand Lions" .  I don't think the critics thought to much of it.  Duvall and Michael Caine, I thought gave good performances.    To be honest, Blair, I forgot that Duvall,was in "To Kill a Mocking Bird".
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2014, 03:48:46 pm »

He's a stud aint he?
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 04:16:32 pm »

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"To kill a Mocking bird" is pretty early for him in a big film production to my memory of him.
This guy is a man of all seasons, in my opinion.
"Secondhand Lions", I love!
But, I have a hard time watching. It just seems too close to home for some reason. And I don't know why? Perhaps, too close to my family in that part of the world. Perhaps, too real?
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2014, 07:52:03 pm »

Duvall is one of those rare actors who is always good, even when he's in a bad movie. Sean Connery, Gene Hackman and Michael Caine are other examples of this type. I remember seeing Duvall in "Mockingbird" but it was a very small role (Boo Radley) and he didn't speak a single word, he was cast because he could convey so much with facial expression and gesture. The first time he made an impression on me was as the cabbie in "Bullitt." It's too bad that he couldn't play Robert E. Lee in "Gettysburg" because of scheduling issues, though Martin Sheen did a creditable job. He finally got the chance in "Gods and Generals," but it just wasn't as good a movie and was focused on Jackson. He's a national treasure.
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2014, 07:06:40 pm »

Good actor.  The first time I saw him was in The Great Santini.
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2014, 09:21:21 pm »

Agree he is a national treasure. After Open Range,  I vowed to watch as many Duvall films as I could. Next one I saw was Assasination Tango.
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2014, 09:32:50 pm »

Duvall is one of those rare actors who is always good, even when he's in a bad movie. Sean Connery, Gene Hackman and Michael Caine are other examples of this type. I remember seeing Duvall in "Mockingbird" but it was a very small role (Boo Radley) and he didn't speak a single word, he was cast because he could convey so much with facial expression and gesture. The first time he made an impression on me was as the cabbie in "Bullitt." It's too bad that he couldn't play Robert E. Lee in "Gettysburg" because of scheduling issues, though Martin Sheen did a creditable job. He finally got the chance in "Gods and Generals," but it just wasn't as good a movie and was focused on Jackson. He's a national treasure.

Well, at least we agree on Duvall.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2014, 04:17:24 am »

I work a few days 2nd unit on Lions... though did not meet Duvall, he was not on location.
We filmed the "flash back" on the  beach (Gulf of Mexico)  with Arabian horses , where his younger persona meets the girl.

I did however, meet him briefly on G&G... though I was pretty much  ahead of the Film unit ,  dressing sets.
But I ran into him , on location in Winchester ( when he was in the Union Col. uniform being offered US Command ) again at the Marye's Heights battle location.
Pretty much all business on location, he's well into character and has an assistant to ward off, chit chat  etc.
But very warm, when he is "OFF" 
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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2014, 10:10:59 pm »

Agree with all comments on Robt Duvall.  His first movie roll was as stated to Kill a Mocking Bird. There are just too many to list, he is a top notch actor... the three western's that I really think is his best performance is Lonesome Dove (TV Mini - Series), Open Range and Broken Trail (TV Mini - Series)... Great actor.
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« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2014, 12:14:22 am »

Al Sieber in Geronimo.
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« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2014, 11:58:11 am »

The first time I saw Robert Duvall was in the movie Geronimo as Al Sieber. Later I've brought Open Range; Broken Trail and Lonesome Dove. He and Clint Eastwood are my favorite Western actors. The first western movie I've seen was High Noon with Gary Cooper, Crace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges etc. in 1958. Here started my interest for westerns.
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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2014, 11:11:09 am »

I think the first time I really thought about Duvall as an actor was in "Tender Mercies" he played a down-and-out
C&W singer and reportedly did all his own singing. What caught me---then as now--- is that every time I see him in a roll
 he seems to be just the right guy for the part. Its like all of these sides of him are naturally occuring. He may have
had one or two dogs on his record but I can't think of what they would have been.

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« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2015, 02:54:32 pm »

I think the first time I really thought about Duvall as an actor was in "Tender Mercies" he played a down-and-out
C&W singer and reportedly did all his own singing. What caught me---then as now--- is that every time I see him in a roll
 he seems to be just the right guy for the part. Its like all of these sides of him are naturally occuring. He may have
had one or two dogs on his record but I can't think of what they would have been.

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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2016, 07:31:50 pm »

So, no one remembers him in "The Godfather"? That's odd.
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« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2016, 12:06:06 am »

Not if you've never seen The Godfather.  I never have, see no reason to any time in the future.
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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2016, 03:54:26 am »

Not if you've never seen The Godfather.  I never have, see no reason to any time in the future.

Well, that's a valid reason.  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2017, 01:12:40 am »

Lonesome Dove
Open Range
Broken Trail
Geronimo
Second Hand Lions (not strictly a Western, but he does play Texan in Texas and a hero)
Joe Kidd (he plays a bad guy)
True Grit (also a bad guy)

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« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2017, 10:59:59 am »

A lesser-known Robert Duval western is "Lawman" (1971).  Duval plays a supporting role (Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan star), but he has some significant screen time.  The overall movie is pretty good, although the ending detracts.  Still, if you're as hungry for westerns as I am, it's well worth watching.

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« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2017, 01:26:13 pm »

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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2017, 03:26:33 pm »

Ha Major!   I think MASH was the first thing I saw him in, and I was way too young to appreciate Sally Kellerman in that role, I think I was 6 when we saw it at the drive-in.   
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« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2017, 10:06:07 pm »

So, no one remembers him in "The Godfather"? That's odd.

How does that qualify as a western though? 

(I guess when they go to Las Vegas in Nevada to buy out Moe Green's casino they are technically out west Wink  ) 
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« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2017, 04:31:24 am »

How does that qualify as a western though? 

(I guess when they go to Las Vegas in Nevada to buy out Moe Green's casino they are technically out west Wink  ) 

This topic is about Duvall's acting skills, not Duvall's acting skills in Westerns.  Roll Eyes
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