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Which movie comes to mind when you found yourself rooting for the bad guys?

September 1, 2017

The first movie that comes to mind is Back Street which is about a man, played by John Gavin, who is tricked into marrying a drunk, when he really is in love with Susan Hayward's character. I was twelve or thirteen when I saw it for the first time, and I found myself wanting John to stand up to his wife, get a divorce, and be with the one he was in love with. Without thinking about it, I wanted the man to commit adultery.

The next movie that made me root for the bad guy, A Place in the Sun, which is based on Theodore Dreiser's American Tragedy, was about a man, Montgomery Clift, who fell in love with the boss's daughter (Elizabeth Taylor), but his girlfriend, Shelley Winters, was with child. So he took her out in a boat and didn't rescue her when she fell overboard. Something in me wanted him to get away with murder so he could marry the girl of his dreams. (Scott Peterson????)

And who can forget Ocean 11? Who didn't want them to get away with burglary and the theft of millions ?

Movies can be insidious. They can change our values without us even knowing it.

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