Secondhand Lions goes right to the heart of Country.
I just watched one of my all-time favorite underrated movies, Secondhand Lions, which includes a speech so perfectly Country, I had to share it with you. The movie is about a boy whose mother dumps him on two reclusive, mysterious and reputedly rich uncles, played by Michael Caine and Robert Duvall. When the boy asks if the amazing stories they’re telling him are true, this is what Duvall says:
“Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love… true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in.”
Have you ever had someone else describe how you feel about something better than you ever could yourself? When you’re a writer, it’s a little humbling. But then you get over it and admit that this speech describes how I feel about Country better than I ever could.