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Besides the final three episodes of Jericho, which could stand as a movie unto themselves really, all I saw this weekend was Macon County Line.  And it was on tape.  It felt stupid paying $3.75 to rent a tape, twice the average I try to preserve when I go to the theater.  But it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere, so I suppose it wasn’t completely unwarranted.

I don’t know how much there is to say about a movie that came out in 1974 and was written by Jethro Bodine, expect that neither of those things tell you anything about it.

Next to nothing happens for the first 45 minutes or so, and since the movie is only 89 minutes in all, that’s fairly important.  Only, the nothing that’s happening is completely watchable.  And then when things do happen, they’re so completely random and realistically ridiculous that you wonder how you waited through the beginning to get to them.

Apparently, it was a pretty big hit in theaters (making 18 million while costing less than 300,000) and resurrected Max Baer, Jr.’s career (he co-starred in it as well) and had a sequel as well as a follow up documentary (Macon County Line: 25 Years Down The Road) so it’s not as if this is some kind of lost classic.  But yet it’s not all that readily available.  Which is worrisome.  When DVD becomes obsolete and dies the quiet death VHS did last November, which won’t be all that long from now, this gigantic overlooked catalogue of movies that didn’t make it to DVD would seem destined to be lost forever.  Meaning a whole lot of future-people will miss out on things just like this.  Poor future-people.


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