Get the tissues out. If you didn’t catch Sunday night’s Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of “November Christmas”, don’t worry- you’ll surely have a chance to catch it again either in reruns or on CBS.com.
In “November Christmas”, everyone’s favorite cowboy, Sam Elliott, stars alongside everyone’s favorite “Sex and the City” boyfriend, John Corbett, in a heartwarming holiday tale about a community that comes together to make holiday dreams come true for a sick little girl.
But, with the exception of the 1989 Christmas movie “Prancer”, I’m not all that used to seeing this sentimental side of Elliott. So, feel- good Christmas movies aside, here are 5 memorable Sam Elliott moments:
Wild Bill Hickok- “Buffalo Girls”, 1995. You gotta love a made-for TV movie that stars Sam Elliott as Wild Bill Hickok and Reba McEntire as Annie Oakley. When it comes to cowboys, nobody does it better than Sam Elliott.
Gar- “Mask”, 1987. This movie featured Sam Elliott at his finest, as a tough biker with a soft spot for his sometime-girlfriend’s ill son. But even Elliott’s feel-good moments in this flick are marked by his tough-guy coolness.
Evel Knievel- “Evel Knievel”- 1974. You have to go back into the archives for this one, but Elliott’s one time stint as daredevil Evel Knievel is a classic. Campy? Heck yeah. This TV series adventure-comedy pilot pitted Elliot’s Evel against a female motorcycle daredevil. Hmm….sounds like the Fonz and Pinky Tuscadero to me.
Wade Garrett- “Roadhouse”, 1989. Patrick Swayze may have been the star of this one, but Sam Elliott’s role as his bouncer bud was one of the highlights of the movie. While fans enjoyed character Wade Garrett’s thought-provoking quotes (like, “I’ll get all the sleep I need when I’m dead”), they may not have liked his demise in this movie. Still, it’s one for the memory books.
The Stranger- “The Big Lebowski”, 1998. A cult favorite, Sam Elliott’s narration opened and closed this movie, his telltale deep voice taking us all the way through to the ending scene at the bowling alley bar. This flick became such a cult classic that there’s even an annual Lebowski Fest. The dude abides.
You can check out Sam Elliott in clips from “November Christmas” on CBS.com.