“Gary Cooper in Europe
Americans saving the day in Europe is a familiar story, and on Friday evening it happened again on a train from Amsterdam to Paris. Three young American friends on vacation, two of them off-duty soldiers, charged and disarmed a suspected jihadist who appeared bent on another murderous Islamist rampage.”
If you are a certain age, you may not recognize the Gary Cooper allusion, which is to one of my favorite movies of all time, High Noon. In it, the Gary Cooper character saves a town whose people won’t lift a hand to help themselves.
A second favorite is another western, Shane. Again we have the lone hero who in this case helps those who cannot help themselves and shows that sometimes force is the only way to deal with force.
Our third favorite is set in the early 20th century in California and the hero is more of an anti-hero, a soul who gets in over his head trying to do good deeds within a corrupt milieu. It’s Chinatown.
But, you say, isn’t this blog about teams? Well, we say, wasn’t that a team of Americans on that train?
Which movie heroes do you like?