I can’t explain why I felt I must have seen this movie before. Released in 1961 there is a large chunk of life-time from which I could’ve. Is it that the title has been ingrained in a number of other popular culture tid-bits? Perhaps Moon River had unknowingly infected my ears long ago ? The latter is apparently true since I never knew the song was connected to the film.
Anyway I saw the movie last night and enjoyed it. I was very much caught up in the fact that through every frame I was thinking to myself “I never knew this movie was about this”. It made the viewing more enjoyable I think.I also could not escape a mental connection from a personal love affair from my early twenties in Boston.
All in all I found the film to be really good. An actual story line unfolds on the screen and one feels the emotions tied to the very real humanity of its characters. This is saying something as some of the characters are portrayed by folks of questionable acting skill (Peppard). In 21 st century American comfort I couldn’t help but get an extra WTF moment out of Mickey Rooneys presence in the film. No fucking way someone makes that move in a film or television now a days.
If you are like me and only think you have seen or know this movie I highly recommend it.