Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Do Svidaniya, Powers Boothe

The news has come in that Powers Boothe died on Sunday. This follows on the heels of the death of John Hurt. I’m sure he’s remembered mostly for his more recent work, but I remember him as the fighter pilot who was shot down in the 1984 movie Red Dawn.

photo by Jane Boursaw

Red Dawn was somewhat simplistic in how it showed a group of American teenagers doing guerilla attacks behind the lines of a Soviet/Cuban invasion force. But it did show a healthy kind of gun culture. And it gained some credibility by having Boothe’s character of a colonel giving them tactical advice.

Those of you who saw the movie will know why I chose the phrase do svidaniya


Lexa Cain said...

This is a bit embarrassing, but I barely remember John Hurt and I don't know Powers Booth at all. Soldier movies aren't for me, and it beggars belief Russia or China would ever invade. In fact, I can't imagine anyone invading the US ... except maybe aliens! lol Yeah, I know, I have weird ideas about what is believable and what isn't. Have a good weekend!

Mark Murata said...

It would be a stretch for the Soviet Union to have invaded America. But it made for a good movie.

I can understand if you don't like war movies.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

How sad. I remember Powers Booth best from Tombstone and The Emerald Forrest.


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