Jan. 7th, 2012 11:27 am
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In December of 1999, my mother and I, and at least one of her friends, went to see Anna And The King in the theater.  It was a great movie, and I enjoyed it very much, although it almost broke my suspense- tolerator. Seriously.  There's a part where the cast crosses a bridge on horseback and they're waiting for something - can't even remember what - but I was literally squirming in my seat, fighting the urge to get up and walk out before the impact of the scene hit. 

At any rate, one of the previews before Anna And The King was this movie, The Closer You Get, aka American Women. I totally flipped over this preview, could not WAIT to see this movie!  It looked hilarious, and the scene at the end of the trailer where the two men are walking on the beach with their boat over them had me laughing out loud. I WAS SO EXCITED!!  But I failed towrite down the name of the movie. 

Apparently it wouldn't have made any difference. The movie had a very limited release, under another name, in February of 2000.  I searched the internet (with very limited skills at the time) for a year or better. I wasn't certain from the trailer if the movie took place in Ireland or Scotland, so I couldn't pin that down. I looked for movies about placing ads in the paper for a wife; I looked for fishing village movies; I even rented Anna And The King twice to see if I could get one with the same trailers the movie had. I came up empty so many times that I resigned myself to the fact that the movie was never released, and I would never see it.  It became more like a dream than anything else.

I've been getting up in the middle of the night and going to the sofa in the t.v. room to sleep, especially since my last cold. It keeps me from waking up coughing every 90 minutes or so, and also lets me sleep without turning over so often. When I use the sofa-recliner instead of lying down, I turn on the t.v. because it takes me a while to fall asleep like that.

This morning I went to the t.v. room at about 2:30.  I was flipping through the channels to see what was on, and there was this movie I'd never heard of.  Lo and behold, the description nearly had me on my feet cheering!  I couldn't believe it, so I hit "record" and watched til I fell asleep. Didn't take long, those Irish lilts lull me.... and I wasn't even sure I remembered right when I woke up. 


I can barely express how excited I am, and how relieved I feel to know that I can finally watch this movie.  I could kiss the t.v.!

Date: 2012-01-07 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-phoenix54.livejournal.com
Too cool!

There is an LJ community that I discovered recently, "whatwasthatone" for posting queries like that. The internet hive mind helps you remember and find old books, movies, videos etc. Rather amazing!

Date: 2012-01-07 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sapphirescarlet.livejournal.com
That sounds really cool. There's only one other thing that curently nags at me, as far as "I can't remember the name of that", which is a children's book I had as a kid. Maybe I'll look into the group.

Date: 2012-01-08 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1-rhiannon-1.livejournal.com
YAY!! I'm so glad you finally found it!

Date: 2012-01-08 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sapphirescarlet.livejournal.com
Thanks. Me too! I finally watched it last night, and it's much like "The Full Monty". Meaning, I want my own copy so I can use the closed captioning to catch all the dialog.


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