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Mary Tyler Moore's performance of her life.
on January 26, 2017
When this film was released in 1980, I was 19 and I was a projectionist at a theater in Mobile, Alabama. Back in that time, the movies were delivered in individual reels (6 to 8 depending on running length) and it was the projectionist's job to splice the reels together for the film to be loaded onto the projector. That was an exciting time for me because I had the pleasure of being able to screen the film, that I had just pieced together, alone, in a vast empty auditorium with my large buttered popcorn, Reese's Pieces, and 32oz Coke. I was lucky enough to be the first in Mobile to see many films of that decade. Some, became iconic classics, i.e. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Superman 2, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, The Big Chill. Others became guilty pleasures, Porky's, Hell Night, and the very fun 9 to 5. But, I am compelled to tell you that nothing, and I mean nothing, touched me as much as Mary Tyler Moore becoming Beth Jarrett before my eyes on that huge, larger than life projection screen in front of me. Her performance blew me away and has touched me in ways I could never explain and is something I'll never forget.