A to Z Blogging Challenge: Movie Memories
Blogging about the movies that made an impact on my life
My mother married my step-father in the summer of 1968 and we started a new life. (I was 11 and my brother was 9). Not long after that, the local drive-in was showing The Dirty Dozen (1967), so we all piled into the car and went to the movies. It was the first movie we saw together as a new family.
Even though I was just a kid, this film made an impression on me. I developed an interest in World War II which lasted my entire life. I was captivated by the story of these men and the things they had done that brought them to death row.
A few years later, The Dirty Dozen was on TV, and as an emerging dramatist, I watched the credits carefully. That's when I discovered that the film was based on a novel (by E. M. Nathanson). It wasn't the kind of book your typical 15-year-old girl would read. But I wasn't your typical 15-year-old girl. I rote it out as a script. My brother and I played the different characters, and we used the movie as our inspiration.