Wednesday, June 20, 2012

League Assignment: Kurt Russell

So, this weeks assignment from the League is to write a blog about the one and only Kurt Russell. When I saw this assignment I did a double take and wondered what I was going to write about. I mean, I like his work and all, but in no way am I a huge fan. So, I decided to look at his body of work. I noticed I seen more of his movies than I realized, so this blog is a simple one.

Here, submitted for your approval, is my Top 5 Favorite Kurt Russell Movies

5-The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

When I was a kid many, many moons ago, Kurt was a Disney actor and this movie was one that was shown at my school ad nausiem. Not that I dislike this movie, which I guess you can call a Sci Fi movie. In it, Russell plays a college student who becomes a human computer while putting in a replacement computer during a thunderstorm in which he gets an electric shock. The computer he was putting in was donated by a wealthy business man who used it for illigal activity. Because of the electric shock, Russell's character, get's all of the illigal data and recites it on TV. Of course that infuriates the business man and he has Russell kidnapped.

As a kid, I enjoyed the movie and haven't seen it since. This is one of those lazy weekend afternoon movies where you park yourself on the couch and put in the dvd and get taken away to the Magical World of Disney


Russell is so good as Elvis in this 1979 mini series that you would have thought he was Elvis. ABC got high ratings for this mini series and Russell was nominated for a Emmy for his work on it. Funny thing, Russell played the kid in It Happened At The World's Fair that kicks Elvis.

3-Big Trouble In Little China

This movie might have bombed at the box office, but for us 80's kids, it was a huge hit for us. Russell's portrayl of Jack who thinks he's Indiana Jones, but is really a screwup, was fun to watch. I would have loved a Jack Burton figure with the Porkchop Express truck to have been released. Loved when Burton shot his gun into the air only to be knocked out by the chunks of concrete that fall on his head thanks to the bullets.

2-Escape From New York

This is a surprise to many, I'm sure. Don't get me wrong, I love this movie. Russell's Snake Plissken is one bad dude. He has to save the President in a crime ridden America in 1997 and recover a secret cassette and he gets a full pardon. This was another film he did with John Carpenter and many feel it's their best together.


The hockey nut in me had to make this number one and with good reason. Russell is awesome as USA Hockey coach Herb Brooks who coaches Team USA to a Gold Medal against the heavily favored Soviet team in the 1980 Olympics. As a kid, that was the game that got me intrested in hockey. To this day, I still get chills when I hear Al Michaels call of "Do You Believe In Miracles?" Disney did a great job with this movie. If and when I write a blog of my all time favorite sports films, this movie will be on that list.

There were other movies that could have made this list like Tango And Cash or 3,000 Miles To Graceland, but for me, these were the Kurt Russell movies that I can watch over and over again. Now that I look at the list, he has had an impressive career. I'm curious to see what he does next.

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