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Robert Duvall, Let Me Point You To Your Next Great Western: Montana 1948

Updated on September 28, 2011

Far be it for me to be a match maker of talent, aw hell let's give it a try.

As far as Western colored culture goes, there are two items that come to mind for me. The actor Robert Duvall (Broken Trail, Secondhand Lions, Lonesome Dove as well as a bajillion other movies, maybe two bajillion) Anyhow Mr. Duvall and his talent for bringing potency to Westerns would be complimented in so many ways by the other item my favorite Western novel, Montana 1948 by Larry Watson.

The combination is exquisite in that the novel is written in an eloquent, inviting but still toothy tone. The antagonists are so well rendered, you love em' and you hate em'. The main character and narrator David Hayden is looking back on his life with mixed emotions as he sees a patina develop on his own innocence. My words just can't compete with those of Watson's though. I speak from first hand experience too, I was lucky enough to attend a few of his writing courses back in school. If you've ever taken one of Mr. Watson's classes, or gotten to know Larry Watson on any level, you know he's a self-effacing person, with a wealth of knowledge about discipline and creativity.

Let's let the novel in on the conversation, from the first paragraph of Montana 1948, "From the summer of my twelfth year I carry a series of images more vivid and lasting than any others of my boyhood and indelible beyond all attempts the years make to erase or fade them... A young Sioux woman lies on a bed in our house. She is feverish, delirious, and coughing so hard I am afraid she will die."

So where on earth does the astronaut from the movie Deep Impact come into play in all this you ask? Well, if you've seen Robert Duvall in any of his movies you've seen some good movies. If you've seen him in any of his Westerns you've seen some great movies. Did I mention he was also in Slingblade? I guess all of this comes from my knowledge that the movie rights to Montana 1948 have already been purchased a long time ago. I picture in my mind, something like the end of Raiders Of The Lost Ark where there's this screenplay adaptation of the novel, sitting in some Hollywood agent's gigantic warehouse full of boxed and crated scripts. Not to imply that Duvall was in the same movie as Harrison Ford, but he should've been!

So anyone in the industry reading this, or anyone who knows someone out there in Hollywoodland who has some pull, would you please forward this article to them? Or better still, are you a friend of the Duvalls? There is a phenomenal Western tale waiting to be brought to the big screen right now in Montana 1948.

In the meantime, don't take my word for it, buy the novel. You might want to stop right here, this isn't exactly a spoiler, more of a tease. But the book goes into the lesser known dark side of small town rural life. I won't say what, but it's pretty sad, the suffering kind of sad. There's more than that of course. There's intrigue and redemption and my favorite part that involves a shotgun and a kitchen, but that's it, I'm not going to say anymore.

I'll be waiting Mr. Duvall. This is a great story I hope this request finds you.

My own signed copy of Larry Watson's Montana 1948


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    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      I'll have to look for one of the Robert B. Parker trilogy, I need to explore the western genre more in books (and less on the movie screen) thanks for the heads up and for the accolade resspenser!


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      Ronnie Sowell 

      8 years ago from South Carolina


      I enjoyed your hub and since I liked the Robert B. Parker trilogy of westerns I will try to find and read this one. Congrats on the win!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks for all the heads up ripplemaker, I'll check it out now! I'll have to reread about the forums, it's new to me, and I can barely keep up. I understand about no posting though, I get caught up in the action....

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      So many good things are happening Ben! And here's to more of them! :) Congratulations for being a Hubnugget Wannabe! Woohooo! Be sure to vote and promote by social bookmarking, emails except posting in the forums since that is considered spamming.

      If you love this hub, vote for it please by gravitating towards this site...

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Wow Green Lotus, Duchess OBlunt and JudyDianne, you all are going to make me cry, and it's not just because I'm a little sentimental because I drank an entire bottle of Domaine Napa Chardonnay last night to celebrate, well ok maybe that's part of the reason! I've been juggling so many things on this side of the computer screen it's unreal. I used to notice solid imrovments in my art when I had a sense of urgency, so I hope that's happening with my writing!

      Thanks again, you all really made my day!!!

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      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Congratulations on your HubNugget nomination! So why did I just find out about this? Don't tell me you're too shy to promote yourself. Maybe just really busy writing some of the best Hubs out there? In any case, good luck. Another fine one my friend.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      Well, Niteriter, I think you will find many comments now on this material. It is indeed very well done Ben. Don't go with the busy girl pics - tacky! Keep writing and your talent will eventually draw them in.

      Your HubNugget nomination for this was well deserved. Good luck!

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      8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Great tease! I love Duvall in "The Apostle," written and directed by him. Hope he sees this hub as well.

      Congratulations on your nomination for Hubnugget!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks. I thought maybe, like some of the Indian fellows on this website, I could increase my traffic by posting a busty girl as my profile pic, but my wife would probably skin my hide. Thanks. I can't get enough of Duvall too, really I've only recently grown to appreciate him as I think my generation isn't quick to highlight some of the former generations greats!

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      8 years ago from Canada

      I can't believe no one is commenting on your material. This is truly above average. And I don't say that just because I'm a fan of Mr. Duvall.


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