Gil Cates had a fantastic career in the Theatre and in Television and in Films.....And was beloved by just about everybody....
Yes I must see that film and thank you for telling us about it and Gil Cates himself.
Marvellous that he was able to go on working till the day he died.
There are so many "unknown" talents who contribute behind the scenes to provide quality entertainment. Thanks for introducing us to one. My prayers for his family and friends.
I am so sorry you lost someone important in your life Naomi.
I had read about his passing but did not know your connection.
I will definitely look for that movie.
Yes, "I Never Sang For My Father" is a tough one to get through.
Regrets and recriminations...and time running out.
Douglas is in top form here.
My Dear Naomi
How strange it must be to lose people who you have history with and who know your history. I am so sorry for your loss.
Everything that I have read about Gil has been so nice. Nice is a lame choice of words, but really it has all been praise.
The quote in red at the end of your post....what is it from? It is sad, beautiful, and haunting.
Consider yourself hugged tightly.
So sorry to hear the passing of Gil Cates and yes death ends a life but not the memories.
oh my.. i am truly sorry for the loss of yet another friend. I think we that get left behind suffer far too much..but there's nothing we can do to make it better.
you just take care of yourself Naomi!!!
I wish I could say that I'm blond, or that I was having a senior moment.....of course the answer was right there at the beginning.
Much love from Arizona,
What a beautiful tribute. I believe artists live on through their work. I will put it on my Netflix. I am sorry for your loss.
my dear naomi - i am so very sorry for your loss and for the loss of all those who knew and loved the talented mr. cates - such a beautiful and fitting tribute you have created here - one that touches each reader in different, yet still the same, ways - and i'm sure it was not an easy post to do but you have done so with much grace and love - thank you for sharing still another part of your life - your story - with us - much love -
I'm so sorry. Naomi. I didn't know of this man. I am sure the theater community will miss him terribly. You write such nice "testimonials".
Hope you are feeling better.
I am so very sorry, Naomi, for your loss. It's very sad to lost someone important in our life.
Many hugs of comfort.
I have to admit to not knowing this man or his work, but if you recommend him, he must have been good.
I'm so sorry for your loss, but always love the detailed accounts you give of the people and productions that have touched your heart.
How wonderful that although these wonderful people have gone, they leave such a fine legacy of work behind them for future generations to enjoy.
So sorry to read of the sad loss of someone so close to you, I hope that all these messages of comfort and understanding will go some way to assuaging your sorrow at his passing.
I checked out 'The Spoon River Anthology' and this looks like an absolute 'must read' for me.
Of course having the fantastic Gene Hackman starring in 'I never Sang For My Father'also makes this one to search out in the future, he is such a multi-talented actor, no matter the role he appears in.
Thinking of you at this sad time.
I want to watch this movie now. I always thought of Gil Cates as the Academy Awards guy. I didn't realize he had done theater and movies. I also knew he was Phoebe Cates' dad and Kevin Kline's father-in-law. I'm sorry that you have lost another person from your Spoon River days.
Can you believe our video store closed down? Too much online competition I guess. I will try to find this film. It sounds right up my alley.
I've always had great respect for Gil Cates and his work, particularly "I Never Sang..." His loss is significant to the entertainment world, but I didn't realize your personal connection. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Naomi, I am just going to pretend that my first comment from me was actually from another person with my same name :)
A pristine, widescreen dvd of this film arrived yesterday and I watched it last night. I was up til 2 AM, but was too tired to comment.
I was afraid the material would be dated, but was happily wrong. This was really, really good. I loved the dialogue and found it to be quite honest and Melvyn's performance was fantastic. I was especially moved by his scene, not when he breaks down, but before that when he asks Gene if Gene thinks he's incompetent.
I loved the "choosing the casket" scene, and the scene where the Dad wakes up to find his daughter in the house and doesn't quite get it, but then remembers his wife has passed. All he says is "Oh...". Powerful stuff.
I understood so many of the conflicts. I was very lucky in that my mom encouraged me to move back to Arizona when she saw how much I longed for it. And thank God, for that is where I would find Chris and eventually get married. I am lucky, too, as I have many brothers and sisters to care for her. She can be as exasperating as Melvin's character, just without the meaness. Actually, both Melvin and Gene's characters were exasperating. The women had it together, though. Don't they always? :)
You framed your post beautifully, just like the film did. Good job. Gil would definitely smile.
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