Road to Perdition

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by PWC, Jul 3, 2022.

  1. jmorris

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    I think you’re on to something.
     
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  2. Old_Grouch

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    I hadn't noticed but It''s most likely the case.
    There are no absolutes but, as a general rule, writers and directors put as much research into guns before writing about them as politicians do before enacting laws concerning them or news reporters do before reporting about them. (Okay, in the case of reporters that theory applies to virtually any subject.)
     
  3. lemaymiami

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    I'm an avid reader (although I grew up on all the TV and popular movies from the early sixties on when my family came back stateside...) and most nights will be found reading as opposed to watching the tube. I've noted a distinct difference between writers who use firearms themselves and those who only mention weapons as part of the story they're telling.. The moment one of them has a character in a book "clear the safety on the revolver" we're just done - and I won't be picking up one of their books again... Writers like Stephen Hunter will always get my respect since it's obvious they not only know what they're writing about - but the weapons and skills involved really fit into the stories they tell.
    Whenever we see something in a movie involving weapons that is off - remember they're in a world where bigger and badder (not accurate....) mean bigger box office...
     
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  4. Scooter22

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    Yup. If your really good you can tell if it's a Craftsman or Snap-On.;)
     
  5. FROGO207

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    For the really low budget ones they use Harbor Freight ratchets.:D
     
  6. Scooter22

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    Hey nothing wrong with HF. They have some pretty darn good stuff for the money. But the ratchets aren't the best.
     
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    NOOOoooooo!

    The list of Hollywood boo boos is long and constantly replenished.
     
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  8. earlthegoat2

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    I picked up firearms inaccuracies in movies before I was out of a single digit age range.

    One I remember from my youth was in the Disney animated Pocahontas when John Smith jumped through a waterfall with his matchlock and pointed it at Pocahontas. I remember telling my parents that the gun would never fire after that.

    Just like today when I make such an observation, they roll their eyes hard.
     
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  9. Speedo66

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    I always get a kick out of scenes where a police officer gives a gun to a citizen, "here, you're going to need this".

    Like that's ever happened.
     
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  10. Double_J

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    That situation did happen to a family friend after Hurricane Katrina hit the MS Gulf Coast. The local PD did a welfare check on him as he was living in a camper outside his office. The officer asked if he had a gun, and he replied he did not. The officer called and another officer responded by bringing a glock and a box of ammo for him after verifying he wasn't a prohibited person. Outside of that kind of situation I have not heard of a cop handing someone a gun.
     
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  11. Alte Schule

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    A little movie trivia: Lenny Montana, who played Luca Brasi in the movie The Godfather, was a bodyguard/enforcer in the Colombo crime family when the producer picked him to play Luca. Montana had been hanging around the set keeping an eye on things for Joe Colombo.

    Prior to the scene where Luca is in his room getting ready to meet the gangster Sollozzo the property master presented Montana with a Model 36 S&W and told him in the scene he had to open the cylinder, spin it and slam it shut. As the property master went to show him how to do it, Montana laughed and took the pistol, opened the cylinder, spun the cylinder and slammed it shut, and told him that he had had a lot of practice.
     
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  12. Hal

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    I see that as a good thing.
    The last thing in the world I'd want in an opponent I'm facing is that person having a good working knowledge of what they are doing.

    I'll take the ignorant ones that think Hollywood is real any day of the week.
     
  13. PWC

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    Pointed at me.....S&W mod 10, hammer down or 1911, hammer down....I'll take the 1911
     
  14. halfmoonclip

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    Memory serves, it was actually one of the capos who showed Michael what to do with the revolver that ends up taped to the toilet tank. Michael's the one who whacked Solazzo and the NYPD captain. Brazi briefly flashes a M10 when saddling up to meet Solazzo, but never uses it. Perhaps, prior to that scene, is what you're talking about.
    All the mistakes aside, one of the reasons we still have the right to keep and bear arms is the entertainment industry. It piques the interest of ordinary citizens in firearms, and can be a sales boost for particular models. Bond's PPK and Harry Calihan's 29 are two examples, but there are plenty more.
    So let's keep bitching, and watching!
    Moon
     
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  15. 230RN
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    230RN Educate, not indoctrinate .

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    "I know what you 're thinking, punk. Did he fire 27 rounds or only 26? Tell you the truth in all the excitement I lost track myself... So you've got to ask yourself... do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

    I gave up on keeping track of Harry's shots and just assumed he was a whiz kid with speedloaders --as the scripters intended,

    And whether he fired five or six, his cocking the gun again with that guy on the sidewalk would have brought up an empty chamber anyhow.

    Click!
     
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  16. Alte Schule

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    I stated Luca "was getting ready to meet the gangster Sollozzo". I did not say Luca went to the meeting to kill Sollozzo although that is a possibility but he never got the chance. He went there on the orders of the Godfather to act like he could be paid to defect to the Tattaglia Family and then see how things played out.

    After the scene where Luca is in his apartment and spins slams shut the cylinder on his revolver, a S&W Model 27, (I mistakenly referre d to it as Model 36 in my previous post) he puts the pistol in his coat pocket and goes to meet Sollozo at a club owned by Bruno Tattaglia where Luca was killed. He never had a chance to "flash" his pistol. This all occurred a few days before or the day of Vito Corleone's assination attempt in front of his business by Sollozzo's associates.

    The scene you refer to happens some time later after Michael stops the men sent by Sollozzo to kill Vito in the hospital and is punched in the face by the NYPD Captain. It was Vito's associate Peter Clemenza that showed Michael the Model 36 with "special tape" on the grip that supposedly won't leave fingerprints and is left behind the toilet in the Italian resturaunt. They did not spin the cylinder or slam it shut in that scene.
     
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