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Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend (1989)

A retrospective on the life and career of actor Gary Cooper, includes memorial scenes from his best films. Narrated by Clint Eastwood.

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Clint Eastwood ... Host
Gary Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)
Ernest Hemingway ... Himself (archive footage)
Sandra Shaw ... Herself (archive footage) (as Rocky Cooper)
James Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage)
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A retrospective on the life and career of actor Gary Cooper, includes memorial scenes from his best films. Narrated by Clint Eastwood.

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

5 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gary Cooper - Eine amerikanische Legende See more »

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A career and life story of Gary Cooper, deeply moving through its very simplicity
15 February 2006 | by virlogeuxhmSee all my reviews

Exclusively for Coop's lovers, though Clint Eastwood very strong though unobtrusive presence is a great asset of this very good documentary film. It is a biography of Gary Cooper, based mainly on his filmography, but also on more private archives, which show him as a child, as a young man, as a family man, with some of his friends (Picasso, Hemingway, etc.), as an older man, finally as a sick and close-to-death man. After "the end", I did not have the feeling that I knew the man any much better. But I have spent a very good moment, re-viewing many of the best moments of his movies; and my respect for the very talented actor and great professional was increased tenfold. The film shows, most interestingly, how the career of Cooper can be paralleled with the evolution of USA society before and after WW2. Two of the great moments are the time when Cooper has to answer justice about communism in the movie world; and when James Stewart (a very great one, too) received an Award for Cooper one month before his death. I'm not a weeping pot, but... that was a close one! Watch it, if you can: it is so much worth while. ... If you love Cooper, that is. Or an older America...


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