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Old 09-14-2017, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Being an obscure movie, there's a great chance that a random person would not like it - thus it's obscurity. A few times I've avoided certain films and when someone who seems to like good movies (for example: david0966 in DC) recommends it, I will reconsider and sometimes give it a try. Many, many successes with this strategy.

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Old 09-14-2017, 01:59 PM
 
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"The Sand Pebbles" (1966) starring Steve McQueen.


It actually wasn't obscure at the time--caught all kinds of critical and industry accolades for everyone involved.


But it's somehow not one of those movies that has made "classic" status.
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:18 PM
 
Location: NW NJ & SE Oahu
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My favorite that nobody ever seems to have heard of is Defending Your Life with Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep.
LOVE that movie. Light, funny, and kind of makes you feel better about death.
Another film that may be in that genre is "The End", a jet-black slapstick comedy about terminal cancer and many botched suicide attempts. Dom Delouse, "in the midst of a depressed 'woe is me' rant, looks up and asks "Do you think we'll ever switch to the metric system?".

If anyone's in the mood...

The End (1978)
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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The Red Balloon
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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I really enjoyed a 2010 Norwegian film called "Troll Hunter".
It was so good I watched it twice.
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:42 PM
 
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The Red Balloon
Charming classic.
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:56 PM
 
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The Wrong Box (1966)

"In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other... or can be made to have seemed to do so!"

Droll British humour at it's best, with an amazing cast. Peacock, the very elderly butler, is great.
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Old 09-16-2017, 04:27 PM
 
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Ok - this wasn't obscure at the time but it's an oldie and a goodie ~ Three Days of the Condor with Robert Redford.
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:38 PM
 
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My favorite that nobody ever seems to have heard of is Defending Your Life with Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep.
Defending Your Life (DYL) was not even close to the most obscure Meryl Streep movie. Many of her films sold even fewer tickets in Northern America than DYL
  1. 12/19/79 Kramer Vs. Kramer
  2. 12/20/85 Out of Africa
  3. 12/8/78 The Deer Hunter
  4. 7/18/08 Mamma Mia!
  5. 6/30/06 The Devil Wears Prada
  6. 12/17/04 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  7. 6/2/95 The Bridges of Madison County
  8. 4/25/79 Manhattan
  9. 12/25/14 Into the Woods
  10. 12/25/09 It's Complicated
  11. 7/31/92 Death Becomes Her
  12. 6/29/01 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  13. 8/7/09 Julie & Julia
  14. 9/30/94 The River Wild
  15. 12/16/83 Silkwood
  16. 7/30/04 The Manchurian Candidate
  17. 9/18/81 The French Lieutenant's Woman
  18. 12/10/82 Sophie's Choice
  19. 10/2/77 Julia (1977)
  20. 9/14/90 Postcards from the Edge
  21. 8/8/12 Hope Springs
  22. 8/17/79 The Seduction of Joe Tynan
  23. 12/27/02 The Hours
  24. 7/25/86 Heartburn
  25. 8/15/14 The Giver
  26. 9/18/98 One True Thing
  27. 12/27/13 August: Osage County
  28. 12/12/08 Doubt
  29. 7/28/06 The Ant Bully
  30. 3/22/91 Defending Your Life <=============================
  31. 12/30/11 The Iron Lady
  32. 12/8/89 She-Devil
  33. 12/6/02 Adaptation.
  34. 10/28/05 Prime
  35. 11/21/84 Falling in Love
  36. 8/7/15 Ricki and the Flash
  37. 8/12/16 Florence Foster Jenkins
  38. 6/9/06 A Prairie Home Companion
  39. 10/29/99 Music of the Heart
  40. 12/20/96 Marvin's Room
  41. 11/13/09 Fantastic Mr. Fox
  42. 11/9/07 Lions for Lambs
  43. 11/19/82 Still of the Night
  44. 2/23/96 Before and After
  45. 6/29/07 Evening
  46. 12/18/87 Ironweed
  47. 9/19/85 Plenty
  48. 11/11/88 A Cry in the Dark
  49. 4/1/94 The House of the Spirits
  50. 10/19/07 Rendition
  51. 10/23/15 Suffragette
  52. 11/13/98 Dancing at Lughnasa
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:55 PM
 
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Default obscure romantic comedy

I've always liked American Dreamer which came out in 1984, the same year Romancing the Stone came out. American Dreamer sold 5 million tickets in NA, while Romance sold 23 million tickets. The story lines are built around the same basic plot devices, and American writer who finds herself in an exotic locale and involved with a romantic man and a vast criminal conspiracy.

But the story in American Dreamer sweeter and the writing is better. Tom Conti was much more dashing at age 42. JoBeth Williams was age 36.

Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas were both age 30 when Romancing the Stone came out, and it was a more physical comedy.
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