7/27/2007

A Night At The Cinema With: Gary Coleman...

This is a new segment in which I highlight three films of a great actor of our time. This way, you'll have an easy reference for when you want to stay in and really delve into the works of a particular artist. I think there can be little dispute that no actor during the 1980's had the sort of box office gravitas that Gary Coleman did. He was a pint-sized blockbuster factory, churning out one boffo smash after the next. Here are three that I think demand your immediate attention:
  • The Kid From Left Field (1979), Notable co-stars include: Robert Guillaume, Ed McMahon, and Gary Collins. A feel-good tale that portrays young Gary as Jackie Robinson (J.R.) Cooper, the son of ex-baseball great Guillaume. He is tasked with managing the last place Padres (never mind the fact that he's pre-pubescent), in all their shit-brown-and-urine-yellow glory, and taking them into first, all while trying to keep authorities from separating him from his cash-strapped dad. Make sure you have a box of Kleenex ready.
  • On The Right Track (1981), Notable co-stars include: Maureen Stapleton, Norman Fell, and Bill Russell. A feel-good tale about a kid who lives in a locker in Grand Central Station. It's not just any kid, but a kid that has an incredible knack for picking racehorses. The film plays up the fact that Mr. Coleman is diminutive in stature and, thus, can tolerate living in such a confined space. The film is heavy on laughs...and tears. Better bring some Kleenex.
  • The Kid With The Broken Halo (1982), Notable co-stars: Robert Guillaume (again), Corey Feldman, and Kim Fields. Here, in this feel-good tale, Coleman plays Andy LeBeau, a misfit angel who is given one more chance to earn his wings. He is charged with keeping a family from breaking up, cheering up a grumpy old woman, and showing a workaholic family the error of their ways. Along the way all sorts of funny shit happens, but there is plenty of raw emotion. I hope you have some of that Kleenex left!

7 comments:

Splotchy said...

On The Right Track -- aw, I have probably seen this movie 6 or 7 times. I shit you not.

I used to like watching this, for some reason.

And shame on you for not mentioning the incomparable Michael Lembeck.

Bubs said...

Have you seen that commercial for something, I can't remember what, that features Gary Coleman laughing repeatedly and creepily.

Skylers Dad said...

Ah yes, Gary Coleman...

All the range of a Daisey air rifle.

Big Orange said...

Ummm...I think I'd rather PAINT than watch G.C. Sorry if that makes a filly-stein.

Dale said...

Gary's best work is as a character in the Broadway show Avenue Q but only because it's someone else playing him! It's a really funny show if it ever swings by your neck of the woods.

Zed said...

Gary Coleman is one of the great actors of our time, hands down. I haven't seen any of his films, but that's what his mama told me the other day.

Dale said...

And I'll bet she paid herself to say it Zed.