Thursday, August 11, 2011

"Good God Almighty, I Love You"


If there's anything I've proven to regular readers by now, it's that I'm a slave to bittersweet nostalgia; I have been since I was a kid -- which makes no sense, I know, but you're talking about somebody who was overwhelmingly moved by T.S. Eliot's regret-soaked Prufrock at the mere age of 16. With that in mind, I kind of stumbled across something on YouTube this morning that I haven't seen in years -- one of my all-time favorite movies, in particular a scene from that film that just floored me when I was a kid and which continues to to this day. My early embrace of it once again will very likely tell you quite a bit about me -- certainly about the kind of adult I was destined to eventually grow into (much to my ultimate misfortune).

The movie is the 1985 gem Heaven Help Us. The scene is Andrew McCarthy and Mary Stuart Masterson's kiss under the boardwalk -- as Otis Redding's I've Been Loving You Too Long crescendos. It's one of the sweetest, most desperate and most passionate scenes I've seen in any movie. Ever.

The scene begins unfolding at about the 4:50 mark.


8 comments:

Brian said...

Sara and I still commit random acts of dancing. I'm a supporter!

Anonymous said...

I'm a fellow slave to bittersweet nostalgia and have been pretty much my whole life. This brought me right back. Wow. It's...bittersweet.

Anonymous said...

God, I had a huge crush on Mary Stuart Masterson back then. She was some kind of wonderful. But now "I grow old...I grow old... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled."

Christine said...

A good friend of mine put that song on a mix for me, and I swear I must've driven through half of South Dakota listening to it. Good stuff. The song and the scene.

Ken said...

I thought the best part was the clacker scene. Incidentally, I always thought it would be funny to walk into the back of a church during mass and yell KNEEL BEFORE GOD... ZOD!

namron said...

If you are the survivor of a Catholic high school from the 60's (like me)then the most memorable scene is the roaring cheer of the student body when McCarthy punches out the priest. I was almost 40 when I first saw this film and I still did a booming "fuck ,yeah!" in the middle of the theatre during this scene.

Ken said...

I had one nun in my time in Catholic school, and that was for Kindergarten, so she was quite gentle with the ruler ;)

Anonymous said...

This has just turned my small, completely internet based crush on you to a completely internet based crush on 11.