CAGE UNCAGED: CAGE OUT OF TIME

The Good, The Pod and The Ugly

May 21 2021 • 1 hr 44 mins

CAGE OF CONSENT AND THE TEMPLE  OF DUMB

Sometimes to past is refuge, as with PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, 1986, one of Cage's earliest mainstream breakout films, directed by his Uncle Frankie, Francis Ford Coppola. Kathleen Turner goes back in time 25 years to high school and engages in, well, morally dubious behavior. Cage plays her husband in 1986 and her aspiring singer boyfriend 25 years earlier. This was the third and last Coppola film our maximalist hero was in (after Rumble Fish and Cotton Club). Nicolas Cage was reportedly a bit much on set in Peggy Sue, as we discuss, and it resulted in Coppola casting Andy Garcia in Godfather III and Keanu Reeves in Dracula instead of Cage, roles he wanted. What coulda been! Heck, Cage taking Sofia Coppola's place would have made a world of difference in Godfather III.

Other times the past is prologue to a current crisis, which resembles a global-sized escape room, as with National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007). The second of the epic National Treasure duology, Cage must clear his family name as it is smeared by being associated with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Everyone from the first film still alive returns and pretty much does the exact same thing. For fans of location work and practical effects in this depressing age of green screens, this one does have its merits!

Two movies about time from wildly different Cage eras; one right before he broke big and the other right before he broke small. We may talk hair for a bit.

PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED: 00:06:17
NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS: 00:52:49


Our eight remaining Cage Films:
Bringing Out The Dead, Con Air, Face/Off,  Left Behind, Lord of War, Mandy, Raising Arizona, Snake Eyes

EPILOGUE: WILLY'S WONDERLAND

Theme Song by: Howling Fantods.

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