Chuck Norris Film Festival in Somerville

posted by jmorong on September 14, 2006 at 5:35 am

SOMERVILLE, MA — The Somerville Theatre Presents…

War, Terrorism, Natural Disasters! In these uncertain times, in an uncertain world, where everyday it seems we are at or over the brink, One man gives us the strength to forge ahead and fight for all of us. On Friday September 15th and Saturday September 16th The Somerville Theatre presents 6 films starring original action star Chuck Norris. 6 Films…Two Days…One Man!

September 15th and 16th
Somerville Theatre, Davis SQ.

Friday, September 15, 2006:
8pm – Invasion USA
10pm – Breaker! Breaker!
Midnite – Lone Wolf McQuade

Saturday, September 16, 2006 :
2pm – Silent Rage
4pm – Invasion USA
6pm – Missing in Action 2
8pm – Lone Wolf McQuade
10pm – Code of Silence
Midnite – Breaker! Breaker!

For more go to The Offical Festival Website.

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Comments (17)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 14, 2006 at 5:57 am

Are these on the Big Screen?
(Yeah, I know I could just walk over and ask…)

RobertR on September 14, 2006 at 7:11 am

You know what blows my mind that there are 35mm prints of these films and none of most Hollywood classics.

Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on September 14, 2006 at 7:44 am

I don’t think I could stand such excitement all in one package! Please notify me when they show The Best of Alfonso Bedoya.

MovieMatty on September 14, 2006 at 8:14 am

What?? No ‘Octagon’? No ‘A Force Of One’? Not even ‘The Delta Force’? Where are THE CLASSICS, man???

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some suggestions for the Ziegfeld Classics series. ;–)

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 14, 2006 at 9:47 am

I was thinking the same thing, MovieMatty! No “Octagon” with the immortal Lee Van Cleef riding shot gun! And what about Chuck’s breaktout hit “Good Guys Wear Black”?

In all seriousness, RobertR makes a great and discouraging point!

jmorong on September 14, 2006 at 10:00 am

Just like the Hollywood Classics…you would be amazed (or maybe not) at how hard it was to track down some of these titles. The Delta Force and The Octagon were two of the first three we tried to get but just couldn’t seem to track them down. Still not a bad selection though…Silent Rage, part Halloween, part Walker Texas Ranger, and part Re-Animator! And Lone Wolf Mcquade…Norris vs. Carradine in an epic karate battle! Breaker! Breaker! Nothing like Big Trucks, Bikers, Prostitutes, and Red Neck sheriffs. Will be a good time regardless…and heck there is always next year?

MovieMatty on September 14, 2006 at 10:16 am

Despite the aforementioned “glaring” omissions, it is a fine selection and I am impressed that you were able to track down the titles in your selection.

But I agree with Robert and Ed. In all serious, read the Ziegfeld thread and see how disheartening it is to learn just how sorry a shape film preservation is despite the noble efforts of a few magnificent souls (Robert Harris comes to mind as one). Especially with regards to certain timeless film classics. I guess such is the price in these digital-happy times but still…

IanJudge on September 14, 2006 at 10:32 am

To answer Ron’s query, no, because of renovations they are not in the Main Theater, as the new movie screen for there is still on backorder, and our new sound system is not in place yet.

I wholeheartedly agree that film preservation is currently a sad state of affairs given the money at studios and the vulnerability of film stock.

One of the reasons we did this Chuck Norris fest is because Boston used to be a real blue collar town, and now there is a lot of pretension about everything in the area. So we figured if art films get retrospectives, why not something a little more down to earth?

Plus, we’ve tried some older/classic revivals that did little business, but found that 80’s flicks and cheesy cult movies still manage to draw crowds. Throw in Chuck Norris' sudden status as a pseudo-cult internet personality amongst younger folks (the ‘chuck norris facts’ website for example), and we figured it would be a draw for the area residents.

And for jmorong and I there is also the fact that as a generation, these films were how we spent our Saturdays at the cinema, or what was always on our local UHF stations on rainy afternoons.

I wonder if digital will mean programming special stuff will be easier. I personally believe it will never look as good as film, no matter if it is Casablanca or Delta Force!

Ian Judge
Somerville Theatre

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 14, 2006 at 10:37 am

Hmm, maybe try a Schwarzenegger festival next? I think he has more name recognition these days than Norris, but I could be wrong.

Back in the Garen Daly days, Terminator was always a big draw at the Somerville.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 14, 2006 at 10:44 am

Some other non-‘arty’, action-oriented festivals that might be fun:

James Bond
Bruce Lee

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 14, 2006 at 10:58 am

Yes. The so-called “Chop-Socky” genre would make for a great festival. I’m in NYC, so it isn’t likely I’d attend, but I’m sure a classic ‘70’s & '80’s grind-house festival might go over well. Tracking some of THOSE prints down could be awfully tricky, I bet!

I really do wish that studios (or whoever owns the rights to old studio back-catalogues) would strike fresh prints more often when restoring films for DVD release. I see so many extraordinarily pristine showings of classic films on Turner Movie Classics and the INHD cable services! Why not run off a couple of prints and throw them back into circulation to remind folks of how great our cinematic heritage is, particularly when experienced the way they were originally intended – with an audience of enthusiastic patrons in a darkened theater and on a big old silver screen! Is the cost so great for such PR? Where is showmanship in this industry???

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 14, 2006 at 11:03 am

Films at the Gate is an outdoor festival of such films, currently being shown in Boston’s Chinatown, every night through this Sunday.

JSA on September 14, 2006 at 5:41 pm

We’re overdue for a proper theatrical re-release of the Bond films. At least the first 3 or 4.


Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on September 15, 2006 at 4:39 am

Personally, I think this is gonna rock! :)

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 16, 2006 at 3:23 pm


You can’t go wrong with Chuck Norris.

James Fisher
James Fisher on October 10, 2006 at 6:54 am

Way to go Summerville great to see some norris

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Chuck Norris seems like a nice guy,but he is no where in the league of Eastwood or Bronson.

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