There comes a time in our life, facing the twists & turns in our day-to-day life when suddenly we are face to face with some awkward circumstances which make us start looking at things from a different perspective.
At times, life seems so complicated & hard, situations so tough to manage. There are always few things in our life which matters the most to us. Generally they do not change, and always retain the highest importance for us. These things can be further prioritized and narrowed down to just ONE most important thing in life. And when we do realize what that ONE most important thing in our life, well, that’s actually a pretty good time to focus on that ONE most important thing.
All other issues seem so small in comparison with that ONE most important thing in life, if & when we do manage to isolate that. Those moments in our life when we start thinking in this direction & spend time in contemplating these thoughts, those are the moments of truth, the true eye openers.
Just catching few scenes from the movie City Slickers on HBO last night triggered this flow of thoughts in my mind. Now I want to get a move on… I cant ask for a more clearer answer or direction from the Superior Being. Thank you for making me realize what is the ONE most important thing in my life.
I will never forget it ever…
City Slickers blends sight gags, one-liners, and sincerity, with both humor and drama arising from the characters and their situations. Mitch (Billy Crystal) is a radio station sales executive who finds himself in the throes of a mid-life crisis; accompanied by two friends, Phil (Daniel Stern) and Ed (Bruno Kirby) in the grip of similar problems, he heads to New Mexico for his birthday to participate in a two-week “vacation” cattle drive to Colorado. The three friends and the rest of their group, including an attractive, newly single young woman and two African-American dentists, are all urbanites lost when it comes to herding cattle and surviving on the prairie; it’s up to authentic, almost mythic cowboy Curly (Jack Palance, who won an Oscar for the role), to whip them into shape. As various adventures occur along the way, including run-ins with outlaw cattlehands, treacherous natural mishaps, and Mitch’s delivery of a newborn calf, the three “city slickers” open up to each other, learn to appreciate Curly’s Old West values, and begin to resolve their midlife dilemmas. When Curly dies, it’s left to Mitch, Phil, and Ed to bring in the herd – Rotten Tomatoes
New Yorker Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal) has just turned 39 years old, and is thick in the middle of a midlife crisis. His best friends are also having crises of their own. Phil Berquist (Daniel Stern) is stuck managing his father-in-law’s grocery store, while trapped in a sexless marriage with his overbearing wife, Arlene. Ed Furillo (Bruno Kirby) is a successful businessman and playboy, having recently married an underwear model, but is struggling with the idea of monogamous marriage and the pressure to have kids.
Ed invites his pals on his vacation adventures, which are not always appreciated by Mitch, who a year earlier suffered a mortifying injury during a holiday in Pamplona, Spain during the running of the bulls. At Mitch’s birthday party, Phil and Ed present a joint gift: a two-week Southwestern cattle drive. Mitch initially refuses, having promised to visit wife Barbara’s (Patricia Wettig) parents in Florida. However, when a young check-out girl (Yeardley Smith) from Phil’s grocery store inadvertently reveals an affair they had, Arlene files for divorce, and Phil loses his job. Barbara insists that Mitch go along to cheer up Phil.
In New Mexico, they meet ranch owner Clay Stone (Noble Willingham) and others there for the cattle drive. As they “learn the ropes” of moving a herd, there is a tense encounter with the ranch’s professional cowboys, Jeff and T.R. (Kyle Secor and Dean Hallo), who drunkenly proposition vacationer Bonnie Rayburn (Helen Slater). The standoff is abruptly halted when Curly Washburn (Jack Palance), the tough-as-nails trail boss, lassos Jeff into a chokehold, then chastises both for being intoxicated on the job. He demands an apology to Bonnie, who appreciates Mitch’s efforts on her behalf. Curly, Jeff, T.R., and the ranch’s guests begin the long drive to Colorado. Curly overhears Mitch insult him and later humiliates Mitch in retaliation. After a destructive stampede is Mitch’s fault, as punishment Curly chooses a fearful Mitch to accompany him to find stray cows. They spend the night alone and slowly begin to bond. Mitch discovers that despite Curly’s tough exterior, he is a very wise man. Curly advises him how to face his problems: by singling out the “one thing” that is most important in life.
The next morning, Curly and Mitch deliver a pregnant cow’s calf. Curly is forced to euthanize its ailing mother by delivering a coup de grace, so Mitch informally adopts the newborn and names it Norman.
The drive runs into trouble when Curly unexpectedly suffers a fatal heart attack. As they proceed without him, Cookie the cook (Tracey Walter) gets drunk and breaks both his legs, requiring him to be taken to a hospital. Without Curly’s presence, Jeff and T.R. become freely intoxicated, goading Mitch into challenging them. Ed intervenes and Phil disarms both, furiously ordering them to go to bed. Fearing reprisals from their boss, Jeff and T.R. abandon the city folk in the wilderness, leaving them with no trail boss, food or map. The vacationers decide to abandon the herd and seek civilization, except for Ed and Phil, who insist on driving the cattle to Colorado despite Mitch’s opposition. The others ride on ahead, but Mitch unexpectedly returns (wearing Curly’s black hat) to rejoin his fellow “city slickers” and finish the drive.
The final test involves crossing a dangerous river. Despite a violent storm, the men successfully drive most of the herd across. Norman the calf is caught up in the river’s rapid current. Mitch impulsively chases after him, successfully lassoing it, but in turn gets caught in the rapids; seeing this, Phil and Ed rush to save Mitch and Norman. As the men collapse on the river bank, life’s problems seem far behind them. From there the three easily lead the herd to the Colorado ranch, where they are warmly received by the others. Clay Stone, overwhelmed, rewards the entire group, and the trio in particular, by fully refunding their fees. To their dismay, however, Stone has decided to sell the cows to a meat company for a fine price.
Mitch returns to New York a happier man, having realized that his “one thing” is his family. Ed returns home to tell his newlywed wife he is fine with having children. Phil starts a new relationship with Bonnie. Mitch has spared Norman from the slaughter by purchasing him and bringing him home, at least until he can find a “nice petting zoo.”
- Simple Reminders (thinkinglazy.wordpress.com)
- The One Thing You Need to Know to Have a Great Life (susankiernanlewis.wordpress.com)
- These Are The Moments (livereallivehope.com)
- It’s Your Path, It’s Your Dream (kbunge.wordpress.com)
- Thoughts (cassdroid.wordpress.com)
- lifeline of happiness (fayehayleymanthe.wordpress.com)