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Men Speak on Crying at the Movies

An e-mail from a man who didn’t cry during Sleepless in Seattle or An Affair to Remember:

For me the ultimate take on the issue was this dialogue from Sleepless In Seattle:

Sam Baldwin: Well I’m not looking for a mail-order bride! I just want somebody I can have a decent conversation with over dinner. Without it falling down into weepy tears over some movie!

Greg: She’s, as you just saw, very emotional.

Sam Baldwin: Although I cried at the end of “the Dirty Dozen.”

Greg: Who didn’t?

Sam Baldwin: Jim Brown was throwing these hand grenades down these airshafts. And Richard Jaeckel and Lee Marvin

[Begins to cry]

Sam Baldwin: were sitting on top of this armored personnel carrier, dressed up like Nazis…

Greg: [Crying too] Stop, stop!

Sam Baldwin: And Trini Lopez…

Greg: Yes, Trini Lopez!

Sam Baldwin: He busted his neck while they were parachuting down behind the Nazi lines…

Greg: Stop.

Sam Baldwin: And Richard Jaeckel – at the beginning he had on this shiny helmet…

Greg: [Crying harder] Please no more. Oh God! I loved that movie.

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