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Good article from DCTF. Here's an excerpt:
You knew The Big Shootout was going to be a different kind of film just by listening to the conversations of total strangers crowding into the Angelika Theater in Dallas. Folks filing in were asking each other, "Where did you see The Game?".
One man was lucky enough to attend the game in the Razorback Stadium as a teenager with his sister.
"She cried all the way home from Fayetteville to Fort Smith," he said.
A graying woman described how her father, a Longhorns fan, listened to the game on the radio from his foxhole in Vietnam.
Even I had to chime in: I was a fourth-grader watching the game on a black and white TV from my daddy's lap in Austin, about three miles north of the UT campus.
The Big Shootout filmmaker Mike Looney watched it from his shanty apartment in Lubbock while attending Texas Tech. And since December 6, 1969, he has been fascinated by a game that was watched by 50 million Americans and changed individual lives forever in a four hour stretch on a cold, dreary Ozark afternoon.
"This game left such an indelible mark on my soul that I wanted future generations to see and understand what our generation was going through in 1969," says Looney. "And as we began talking to everybody associated with the game we discovered stories so heartfelt, so poignant, so gut-wrenching, it reminded me of that time in '69 when we really didn't know where our country was headed. But in the midst of it all the chaos, we still had football."
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For some reason, I thought this was Roe posting.
Thanks for posting this. Does anyone know how to arrange for viewing the film?
Great post. Thanks.
Anybody remember what happened the next year when the #1 Horns played the #4 Hogs ?
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I was in school then and was at the game. Texas 42 Arky 7. They had 20 yards rushing for the day.
Yep - We kicked the living crap out of them.
Mack took his foot off the pedal early in the 3rd.
Made the SI cover with the caption "Texas slaughters Arkansas." The article inside had the subtitle, "It was murder."
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Extra bonus question. Does anyone know what other famous event happened on December 6, 1969? Hint: it wasn't sports related.
Altamont Concert and the killing of Meredith Hunter that ended hippie era and was the conclusion of the late 1960's American youth culture.
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