Friday, January 7, 2011

I've posted this before but....

I was talking with a friend of mine, who is a naturalized American citizen (got here when she was 16).  Although we're of an age and she, in most ways, looks and sounds like your basic American, she's missing quite a few of the cultural movie touchstones of our generation.  So I bought her The Breakfast Club, The Blues Brothers, Airplane, and a few other movies last year.  But as we were talking, she mentioned that Chuck Norris is considered to be a god in the Czech Republic. 

So I go into my "Way (Return) of the Dragon" routine (where Bruce Lee rips out a chunk of Norris' chest hair and then blows it off his fingers--classic) and state that one of the best, most macho scenes EVER in any movie, is the scene where Chuck as Lone Wolf McQuade is buried alive in his truck by David Carradine, the sleazy badguy (after having his badge ripped off his chest by the despicable David).  She hadn't seen it so I pulled it up on youtube.  You'll have to follow the link here since the embedding has been disabled on this video.  (But it's SO worth it!). 

Below is the fight scene from Return of the Dragon (long but also worth it).  I have to admit I'd forgotten about the stripping/warmup before the fight as well as the kitten audience to the fight.  You'd think I'd remember something like that....  And someone should have gotten Chuck some Nair, especially for his back....  Don't think I need to warn my regular readers but the finale is kind of graphic with broken limbs and such.


4 comments:

George in AZ said...

Nice to see appreciation for Bruce and Chuck! They were friends, trained together, and Bruce allowing Chuck to knock him down in that scene was a testament to his respect for Chuck (v. his ego). Chuck is 70, now!! And looks like a good 50...

Midwest Chick said...

Love both their movies. And Chuck is looking GREAT,even now. I can see why the Czechs think he's the best!

ASM826 said...

That zooming in and out and the music is the part I had forgot. Good martial artists, cheesy camera work.

I heard the Czechs translated the Chuck Norris Facts and accepted them as true.
http://www.chucknorrisfacts.com/

Midwest Chick said...

It was the cuts to the kitten that made it even weirder. Typical kung-fu theater camera work.

I heard that as well. Their feeling goes way beyond mere hero worship. Hey, if you gotta build yourself a demi-god, Chuck isn't a bad way to go.