Having just turned 39, Mitch (Billy Crystal), is having a midlife crisis. His two closest friends also have life issues of their own. As a birthday gift, his two friends rope him into coming on a cattle drive across the American Southwest. As New York city slickers, they soon get thrown completely out of their comfort zones - where they learn to confront themselves and learn life lessons along the way - all delivered with a good combination of humour and angst.
The role of the mentor is played perfectly by Jack Palance as Curly, the tough, wise cowboy who is the antithesis of the soft city types. Palance won an Academy Award for best supporting actor, quite a feat for a comedy film.
The movie is filled with classic one-liners and nuggets of wisdom, including the famous interchange below:
Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is?
[holds up one finger] This.
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don't mean s***.
Mitch: But, what is the "one thing?"
Curly: That's what you have to find out.
Another quote: "You know, this was not in the brochure…”
A reminder that life won’t always go as planned. And sometimes that’s where the fun and lessons come from.
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