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15 March 2012 @ 11:34 pm
so there's this filmstrip that they used to make us watch in gradeschool. because we were kids and it was a kid's movie so it was supposed to make us happy. live action, color, very faded quality about it, maybe from the sixties? there's this boy and he has a pet hawk, i think. some kind of bird of prey. they have love and deep and profound friendship but the town shuns them, also some other stuff happens. the boy is eventually driven away from civilization. he decides to live in a cave. with the bird. he fixes it up real nice, that cave. you're starting to think, geez, maybe i'd kind of like to live in a cave with my forbidden lover who is a hawk. and it's good, it's really good for a while, until some rocks fall on the boy and then tar bleeds out of the walls and the bird gets confused and flies around in circles or maybe that's egyptian mythology. but the boy is definitely trapped under a rock and there is definitely tar puking out of the cave walls and something almost certainly has gone awry with the bird. and he's screaming and screaming his pathetic little boy throat raw for someone to save him. but because he's been shunned for bird love, no one can hear him. and oh, god, it is horrible. my memory is that this scene goes on for hours. it might be the bird saves him eventually or maybe he just drowns in tar and the bird is sad. i was sad. for many reasons. i despised this film. i loathed this film. i cried every time they made us watch it. there wasn't enough fucking hawaiian punch at horizon elementary to wash the filthy sensation of it away. and they always made us watch it in grade school, every year i think, because it was supposed to be a happy treat. or maybe they only made us watch it twice? it was definitely more than once, though, because i remember having to put my head down and cry when they told us we were watching it that day because oh god make it stop not again it's happening again the cave and the tar and it never ends.

so my question to you, livejournal, is: what was the name of this goddamn movie?

secret ways of beingmuted_rain on March 15th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
sometimes i think you had a really f-ed up childhood.
selva oscuraanonymousblack on March 16th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
secret ways of beingmuted_rain on March 16th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
WHERE IS THE "LIKE" BUTTON????????!!!!!!!!
Nevarranevarra on March 16th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
I watched Punky pretty religiously but never saw this episode. My god would that be terrifying for a child to watch. The skeleton dismembering reminds me of the creatures that can take off their heads in the Labyrinth and not too bad. But the face in the stone? What the everloving hell?????
selva oscuraanonymousblack on March 16th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
the teeth. and the way the lower half of his face kind of wobbles is just awful.

i remember it from when it aired. i was in the fifth or sixth grade, i think, and was quite disturbed by the promo. i remember washing my hands at the kitchen sink and audibly talking to myself the night before it aired: "i don't think i should be allowed to watch that. it just seems to disturbing for young children. his face came out of the cave wall and his teeth were capped and strange and everything." i must have still watched it, no matter what i said to myself at the sink. but i forgot about it, or decided it was a dream.

then, fifteen or so years later, i was talking about media things that had traumatized us as kids with one of my coworkers at quest.

he said: "there was this episode---you're not going to believe me because no one ever believes me that it was real, but it gave me nightmares YEARS. it was on punky--"







it was like a support group.

Edited at 2012-03-16 06:19 pm (UTC)
Mama Buffalobuffalowmn on March 16th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
The only boy-hawk-love movie I can think of offhand is "My Side of the Mountain", which I never actually saw but which I am given to understand involves a boy and a hawk and some living in the wilderness and things.
selva oscuraanonymousblack on March 16th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
damn! it seemed like it might be a lead, but according to the synopsis there's no tar and no cave at the end. the tar and the cave are the only two things i'm sure about.
light_stringlight_string on March 16th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
yes, that's what came to mind for me too. it was my favorite book for a long time. tied with 'bridge to terabithia.' he lived in a hollowed-out (by himself) tree though, not a cave.
selva oscuraanonymousblack on March 16th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
was there tar?
light_stringlight_string on March 16th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
modifier on March 16th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Baker's Hawk? I don't know about the cave or tar, but there is a lot of yelling about hawks.
selva oscuraanonymousblack on March 19th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
i can't find a satisfying synopsis of this (there are only three reviews at IMDB) but besides not being able to find anything about an eternal tortuous cave scene, it might (?) have been a little too sophisticated for horizon elementary to show 4 thru 6th graders. we watched gone with the wind in the fifth grade, however, so i could be wrong about that. hmm. i'll have to check more closely for clips on youtube.

i think the goddess is letting me believe this was a bad dream, and i'm not having a whole lot of problems with that. :-)
the shrieking of inumerable gibbonsangrydwarf on March 18th, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
There's a Ken Loach movie from 1968 called Kes which is about a boy who nurses a kestrel back to health which annoys his family, perchance to the extent that he is shunned Might that be the film to which you refer?
My particular PB nightmare episode is the one where Cherry and Punky are playing in a junkyard(because of course they are) and Cherry hides in a refrigerator and Punky leaves her there for like a day and she almost dies. It is entirely possible I am inventing this, but your suuport-group story has given me hope that i am wrong
selva oscuraanonymousblack on March 19th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
i don't remember it, but the only episodes of the show i really remember are the "very special" cave episode, the very special "punky wants to be an astronaut in spite of the challenger accident" episode and i think what must of been the pilot when she invents shabby chic and gets adopted. my impression is that punky had a lot of "very special" episodes, and refrigerator death was certainly up there in issues back in the 80s. typing the words "punky brewster" and refrigerator into google pulls up several references to an episode called "cherie lifesaver," which aired in 1986. whole thing is on youtube! knock yourself out (just not in a refrigerator.) ;-)

damn, kes really felt like it might be it. according to the synopsis on wiki and trailers on youtube, it's definitely not.

i think i'm going to decide that the universe is letting me believe it was a bad dream. which is not, entirely, a bad thing.
selva oscuraanonymousblack on March 19th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
you know.

i wonder if it was a live-action disney.

the shrieking of inumerable gibbonsangrydwarf on March 19th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
i found the clip from Punky Brewster on YouTube. Seriously, from the music you'd think they were dealing with a child-soldier's patricide or something. Such an oddly intense show considering its usual tone of wacky whathaveyou