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Meet the Mayoral Candidates: What's your favorite Boston movie?

Posted by Alex Pearlman  July 1, 2013 01:25 PM

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Who’s devoted to “Good Will Hunting”? Who’s a sucker for “The Departed”? Who loves “The Thomas Crown Affair"? Who has fond memories of “The Verdict”?
We have plenty of serious questions for Boston’s mayoral candidates this summer, but we also want to find out a little more about them. So for the holiday week, we asked them to tell us their favorite Boston-themed movies – and the reasons for their choices.

We realized this would be a tough one – and we figured that none of them was likely to pick “Ted.” But we’d like to think their choices are a little bit revealing The candidates’ picks are below. Add yours to the comments, or tweet at the hashtag #BosMayor.

Bill Walczak, @BillWalczak
Community leader

BillWalczak.jpgMy favorite Boston movie is "The Verdict," the 1982 movie starring Paul Newman and Charlotte Rampling, about a medical malpractice case at a Boston hospital. The pursuit of truth and justice within the medical world is a theme which resonates with me. Superb acting, intense scenes and a stirring redemption story ending with justice for the aggrieved family make this my favorite.

Rob Consalvo, @RobConsalvo
Boston City Councilor

Thumbnail image for Rob Consalvo.jpgThis one’s tough - there are so many great Boston movies. "Fever Pitch" – the Sox! "The Thomas Crown Affair" – Steve McQueen! But if I have to pick one – it’s "Good Will Hunting." Only two kids from Southie could have captured our spirit so perfectly. You can’t help but root for Will Hunting as he struggles to find his place in life. He’s suffered horrible abuse, run afoul of the law and hasn’t come close to satisfying his intellectual potential. But he’s survived, made a family of friends and eventually finds his path to a happy future. It encapsulates everything that makes Boston great. Family and friends…love and loyalty…history and hope. But most of all, it’s about the promise that one’s past doesn’t determine one’s future. That’s what Boston is all about. Besides, you gotta love a movie that so perfectly weaves in Carlton Fisk and Game Six!

Felix Arroyo, @FelixArroyo
Boston City Councilor

Dan Conley, @DanFConley
Suffolk District Attorney

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for DanConley.jpg"The Friends of Eddie Coyle" gets my nod for 2 reasons. First, it was written by Robert Parker George V. Higgins, a Boston Massachusetts native and one of the greatest crime fiction writers ever. Second, it has one of the single best lines in movie history: “Life is hard, but it’s a lot harder when you’re stupid.”

Rep. Martin Walsh, @Marty_Walsh
State Representative

Thumbnail image for martywalsh.jpg"The Verdict." I love that movie. It’s a great, old-fashioned David-vs.-Goliath courtroom drama about redemption. The Southie scenes were fun to watch, and the accents weren’t too bad. It’s a great performance by Paul Newman in a career of great performances.

John Connolly, @JohnRConnolly
Boston City Councilor

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for johnconnolly.jpgAnything but "Fever Pitch."

Mike Ross, @MikeForBoston
Boston City Councilor

Watch my insta-review to hear why #GoodWillHunting is the best #Boston movie ever. #bostoncomment #bospoli #mikeforboston by @mikeforboston

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