SerenaBlu-ray Disc - 2015
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Town meeting part 1 of 2
Sheriff: Do we want our Smoky Mountains to be made a national park? Or do we want them to be made a desert?...
George: What about the jobs, Sheriff? These men need to work, don't they? And the logging camps bring in railroads and electric lines to places that never had them before. We're bringing progress to Carolina.
Sheriff: Progress? Progress for whom, Mr Pemberton? All the profits are going north.
George: Well, what is it that your park's providing? I'm sure your park will be very nice for you and your rich friends to go on a Sunday afternoon hike but for the working men, the men in this room, Sheriff,
the men unlike you, Mr Kephart, it's a matter of survival.
Town meeting part 2 of 2
Sheriff: The logging barons always cry "jobs" and "free enterprise" but the truth is, you barely pay enough to put food on the table.
George: Oh, we pay more than any job these men can get. And that's why there's a line 50-deep every time there's an opening.
Sheriff: Openings. Yes, you always have openings, don't you, Mr Pemberton? Because your camps have killed more men than the War Between the States.
George: It's dangerous work. And every logger will tell you he's proud of what he does. And I don't think he wants the government to build him a pretty park, Sheriff. I think he wants the freedom. The freedom to work hard and to better himself. That's what this country is supposed to be about, Sheriff!
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I wonder if the people who gave this negative reviews watched the entire movie. It did start slow, but it's the kind of movie you need to watch and study. Everything has a meaning, which you see as the movie comes to the end. I was truly drawn into the end when the tragedy began to magnify and I couldn't turn away. This is a great character study, and everything that a good movie should be--people with motives you can understand, even if they head down a dark path. I think too many people these days like movies that don't make you think too much. Slow beginning, yes, but powerful ending.
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