Southern Movie Marathon

It’s August in northeast Texas.


100+ degrees outside

Burn bans

Giant blood sucking mosquitos who are currently plotting to swarm me

What to do?

Watch all my favorite movies, of course.

1. Gone With the Wind

Oh, Clark Gable you are perfection in this. Absolutely perfect. Is there anyone else who could have played Rhett as well as Clark Gable? Not in my opinion.

“No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

Gone with the Wind (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition) – Amazon

2. Steel Magnolias

But I really have to be in the mood to cry.

I used to cry because my hair has a tendency to look like M’Lynn’s brown football helmet.

“Oh my God Shelby was right, my hair *does* look like a brown football helmet!” – M’Lynn

Now, I cry because it is a beautiful story of mothers and daughters and friends and family.

And, I laugh because I love the relationship between Ouiser (who makes me think of what I will be like when I hit that age) and Clairee (which is the nickname for one of my kiddos).

“I do not see plays, because I can nap at home for free. And I don’t see movies ’cause they’re trash, and they got nothin’ but naked people in ’em! And I don’t read books, ’cause if they’re any good, they’re gonna make ’em into a miniseries.” – Ouiser

Steel Magnolias – Amazon

3. To Kill a Mockingbird

Gregory Peck is brilliant as Atticus Finch. Do you see anyone else in your mind’s eye as Atticus when you read the novel? I don’t. I only see Gregory Peck with his perfect glasses and his dark hair fighting for humanity in that courtroom. Yes!!!

I wanted to be a lawyer for the longest time because of Atticus Finch. Truth be told, I kind of wanted to “be” Atticus Finch. Yes, I know the problems with the logistics – he was a widowed father living in a fictional book during a time period before I was even a thought in my parents’ heads. Nonetheless, I loved Atticus.

“If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch

To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition – Amazon

4. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

I went through a period of time (around two years) where I was just obsessed with this movie – just absolutely obsessed with it. One of the factors for that obsession is my monumental small crush on John Cusack. Okay, so take him as a reporter traveling to Savannah as factor one. Then, I love Kevin Spacey in pretty much every movie he is in – add that as factor two. Factor three – perfect setting. Factor four- twisted, strange story. Factor five – delicious dialogue. Really, I can just keep going about this movie. Love it!

“Yes, I am “nouveau riche,” but then, it’s the “riche” that counts, now isn’t it?” – Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey)

Midnight in Garden of Good & Evil – Amazon

5. Streetcar Named Desire

Marlon Brando in this movie – whoa nelly. I have taught this play a hundred times over the years, so yes, I can discuss the symbolism, the repression, the treatment of women, the behavior of men, the culture that is reflected in this production. And, those things are all wonderful and excellent, and Tennessee Williams could absolutely tell a great story (The Glass Menagerie manages to elicit almost every human emotion from me each time I read it or see it). But, this movie – Marlon Brando as Stanley – yes!!! I love him in this. I love Vivian Leigh in that weird, I’m cringing because I’m uncomfortable way.

“I never met a dame yet that didn’t know if she was good-looking or not without being told, and there’s some of them that give themselves credit for more than they’ve got.” – Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando)

A Streetcar Named Desire (Two-Disc Special Edition) – Amazon

6. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Beautiful people (Paul Newman and Liz Taylor) and fabulous dialogue. Plus, I love Burl Ives as Big Daddy. Anytime I ever hear anyone say “mendacity” I have flashbacks of Big Daddy and Maggie the cat. And, you’d be surprised how often I hear that word… weird now that I think about it.

Back to beautiful people – Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor – gorgeous, both of them.

And, Tennessee Williams again. Perfect dialogue. Perfect timing for the plot.

Brick Pollitt: I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to! Now, you keep forgetting the conditions on which I agreed to stay on living with you.

Margaret “Maggie” Pollitt: I’m not living with you! We occupy the same cage, that’s all.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Deluxe Edition) – Amazon


These are some of my favorites that help me make through this ridiculous heat. What are some of your favorite southern movies?

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8 Responses to Southern Movie Marathon

  1. Les Kerr says:

    Good choices – now you’ve got me running around the house yelling, “Stella!”

  2. Perfect selections – I’d add Mystic Pizza & Foul Play and be in heaven.

    • Hi Mary Louise,
      It has been ages and ages since I’ve watched Mystic Pizza. And, I’ve never seen Foul Play, but I LOVE Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn, so that is going on my “to be watched” list 🙂

  3. katkennedy506087046 says:

    Great choices! I feel a movie day coming on!

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  5. From some of the people I’m connected with on Twitter, I was told to add “The Big Easy” with Dennis Quaid. Can’t believe I forgot that movie. I don’t think it’s on the same level as “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” but I do enjoy that movie. And the soundtrack is great!

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