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Michael_Elliott2 December 2008
Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence (Richard Gere) (2008)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another winning episode in the series this time with Richard Gere talking about the movies and actors who influenced him. This is certainly one of the best in the series so far so it's a shame that this one just ran half an hour. Gere shows a lot of knowledge when it comes to movies but he talks about them in a rather unique but refreshing way. Gere says that he's mainly influenced by music and he looks for "blues" in terms of films and performances. Hud and Cool Hand Luke fit this type of film and performance for him and he has some rather interesting comments towards the "good-hearted" nature of Hud. I've never heard the character called that and Gere makes some interesting observations about him. Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Henry Fonda and even Julie Andrews are discussed at nice range as well.
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