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Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend (1989)

A retrospective on the life and career of actor Gary Cooper, includes memorial scenes from his best films. Narrated by Clint Eastwood.

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Richard Schickel
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Cast overview:
Clint Eastwood ... Host
Gary Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)
Ernest Hemingway ... Himself (archive footage)
Sandra Shaw ... Herself (archive footage) (as Rocky Cooper)
James Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage)
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A retrospective on the life and career of actor Gary Cooper, includes memorial scenes from his best films. Narrated by Clint Eastwood.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gary Cooper - Eine amerikanische Legende See more »

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Good documentary--I just wish it was longer.
6 February 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was really surprised to see that unlike most documentaries, this was written, directed and produced by a film critic-- Richard Schickel. Most of the times I know of where film critics had major involvement in films, the films turns out to be bombs (Rex Reed starring in "Myra Breckenridge" and Roger Ebert writing "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" are prime examples). However, in this case, the critic's powers are used for good and not evil--and the results are better (though this isn't saying much, as the films I just mentioned are among the worst films ever made).

As for the documentary, it's narrated by Clint Eastwood (a pretty good choice) and manages to discuss his long career--from his silent days until his death in the early 1960s. The only negatives, and they are slight, are that the film is awfully short (as are most film documentaries) and there is very little about Gary Cooper as a human being--you really don't learn all that much about his life. However, as a nice overview of his films, it works very well.


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