Sunday, November 02, 2008

R.I.P.: John Daly (1937-2008)

OK, I am not going to lie. I have always had tremendous respect for John Daly – producer of such exceptional films as The Last Emperor, Platoon, Salvador and The Terminator. But when I heard of his death Friday, the first thing that I thought about was the guy’s classy gesture at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, when he took pains to seek me out at a reception and thank me – really, a nobody – for raving about one of his lesser known movies, Miracle Mile, when, while I was film critic for The Houston Post, I presented it as my Critic’s Choice at the Houston Film Festival. Maybe, just maybe, because Daly thought just as much of his smaller indie productions as he did of his Oscar contenders and box-office hits.

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