Once Upon A Dude At The Crest

By Chris Narloch

Two classic films will grace the screen at the historic Crest Theatre this weekend, and you can take your pick or see both.

The first is a classic western from director Sergio Leone, and then a cult comedy by the Coen brothers.


The Big Lebowski

Few movies reach the level of a true cult film, which involves a section of the movie-going public who enshrine a particular film and give it cult status. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, when there were still midnight movies at theaters, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” was the ultimate cult film.

“The Big Lebowski,” a 1998 comedy directed by the Coen brothers, has reached cult status over the last two decades mostly due to the great Jeff Bridges’ laid-back portrayal of “The Dude,” the movie’s beloved stoner hero, who is mistaken for a different Jeff Lebowski and gets in to all kinds of crazy trouble as a result.

In addition to Bridges’ iconic portrayal of “The Dude,” the movie features a superb supporting cast that includes Sam Elliott, Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and John Goodman.

“The Big Lebowski” plays one time only at the Crest, this Saturday evening, Jan. 19, 2019.

Once Upon A Time In The West

This classic 1969 spaghetti western should look amazing back on the big screen at The Crest -- for the first time in who knows how long – this Sunday evening, Jan. 20.

The 3-hour epic, shot partly in Monument Valley, stars Henry Fonda (in one of his few bad guy roles), Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, and Claudia Cardinale, in a violent tale involving gunslingers, water rights, and railroad barons.

The story concerns a sole piece of land around Flagstone with water on it and a rail baron who aims to have it, knowing the new railroad will have to stop there. Fonda plays the henchman sent to scare the landowner – an errand that doesn’t go as planned.

Bronson is a mysterious gunslinger with a score to settle, Robards plays a bandit, and Cardinale is the landowner’s young wife.

If you’re a fan of great westerns – a genre that, sadly, is all but dead in 2019 – don’t miss “Once Upon A Time In The West” at the Crest.

For more information about both movies, and to purchase tickets, visit www.crestsacramento.com.

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