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    Grand Romantic Gesture

    Discussion in 'Research' started by Rumwriter, Oct 22, 2017.

    Looking for a movie or novel in which one character travels a huge distance to be with another character and show up unexpectedly at their door. I need my character to reference it, eg "Wow. You're just like so-and-so from so-and-so."

    I should add that the line is spoken by a woman in her 70s. It's definitely meant to be an elegant sort of thing. So, I need a Cary Grant or a Humphrey Bogart or Clark Gable or something.
     
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    Movies /Books are difficult as you need something most readers will have heard of , if you use say Rob in Free to Trade (Micheal Ridpath) hardly anyone will know what you are talking about

    Songs might be a better bet, e.g The Proclaimers 500 miles , Cyndi Lauper I drove all night
     
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    But surely there must be some classic film. It seems like a trope to be avoided these days because it's been done in the past. I just can't think of specific examples somehow.
     
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    Radar Love?

    Also, Road Trip. The late 90's movie with Tom Green, yeah that one, is basically that but with a sex tape or something. I dunno, not a great movie, but it was the only one that came to mind.
     
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    Oh, so I should add that the line is spoken by a woman in her 70s. It's definitely meant to be an elegant sort of thing. So, Tom Green won't work. I need a Cary Grant or a Humphrey Bogart or Clark Gable or something.
     
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    An Affair to Remember is the closest I can come up with at present, so I'm gonna go with that for the time being, but would still love other suggestions if anyone has them.
     
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    How about Odysseus? Doesn't get much more classic than that.
     
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    The fourth book in the 'Filthy-beautiful' series by Kendall Ryan does this. It's a solid read, but I would warn you -should you choose to read it- it is a very adult book.
     
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    Apparently when it happens in TV series felicity its one of the grand romantic gestures of all time .... acording to Mr Google ... personally Ive never heard of it which illustrates your major problem
     
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    You know, I'd love to read a Romance that has a contemporary ending of the Odyssey with the massacring of unwanted guests in a banquet hall.
     
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    Right? That would be awesome!

    I was thinking more about the high school version where they don't really mention the bloodbath. They made it sound like Odysseus showed up, strung his bow, and the suitors slunk away slightly rejected, but no more worse for wear. Only later did I learn that Odysseus went Chuck Norris on they ass.
     
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    You'd have to lose the deux ex machina very end bit of Athena just telling everyone to be friends when the suitors families show up
     
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    I could live with this loss.
     
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    Movie Ending Spoiler alert!!!

    There is a Bogart-Bacall movie where her character joins him on the lam at the end of the movie. I think it was Dark Passage. It's been a while since I've seen it, but if I recall, Bogart's character was innocent, but he'd been framed and the evidence was stacked against him, so he knew he was going to hang for the crime he didn't commit. She helps him escape, and he phones her and tells her he's going to Peru and that he won't call her ever again but asks her to meet him in a waterfront cafe in this little town when the heat's off "if you can see your way clear." End of the movie, you see Bacall dressed to the nines meeting Bogie at the waterfront cafe in the little town.

    Not what you're looking for, but the closest I could come up with as a lover of classic films of the era you're wanting.

    ETA: Oh! Maybe Gable in It Happened One Night. Still not the exact scenario, but he goes to huge lengths to be with her when he realizes he's in love with her. Cute movie. Check it out.
     
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    There's also the Sleepless In Seattle final meet up and the movie they were always referencing in it. It's been a few years since I've seen it, though, so it might not fit exactly.
     
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    that's 'an affair to remember' which is what rum writer is currently using
     
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    It was An Affair to Remember, although it's been so long since I've seen it, I can't remember which version the characters were referencing.

    Although I'm a Cary Grant fan, I prefer the 1939 version with Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. To me it had more emotional impact than the 1957 Grant-Kerr version. (Cary Grant and Irene Dunne would have been fantastic.)

    ETA: Sorry, Moose! I misread your reply.
     
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    You might want to try music alongside this scene. For example, if the characters were talking - the song 'We Have All The Time In The World' by Louis Armstrong could be playing in the background, which foreshadows to the reader what you want to do next.
     

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