13.5.09

Take a step back in time...

Not more than a couple days after I received an invite to go tarpon fishing in Florida in June, a friend brought over a copy of the movie Tarpon. I haven't been able to go more than a couple hours without praying that I can make this trip work, and watching the movie only made the desire to go stronger. Apparently this movie was never officially released due to some of the content, but has recently been re-mastered and released in DVD format. Some of you may have seen bootleg copies years ago. While there seems to be no storyline, plot or just general flow to the movie, it features some of the most incredible jumping tarpon shots I think I will ever see. I did feel a little disjointed after watching because the scene transitions were beyond random, a lot of the cast appeared to be high, and there was a particularly disturbing scene of a chartered fishing trip turned blood bath. Also, be prepared to see a lot of too short cut off jean shorts on fully grown men(I guess it was the 70's). But that all pales in comparison to watching those incredible fish fling themselves out of the water over and over and over again. Here is a short clip from the movie:

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw it this winter - AMAZING, I fully agree! When someone mentions Tarpon, my thoughts automatically turn to that footage! I can't wait to experience one of those beauties!
Kateri

Anonymous said...

AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH NOTHING LIKE FIN-NOR WEDDING CAKES AND GLASS RODS , IF ONLY WE HAD A MACHINE TO GO BACK IN TIME .

BLUEANGLER said...

YES! Nothing like the feel of old school... yet enough to tame the beast! Great clip, nice music!

Anonymous said...

real man grow mustache and wear shorts... @@

Anonymous said...

>there was a particularly disturbing scene of a chartered fishing trip turned blood bath.

Disturbing indeed and, from what I have read, this was the intention of the filmmakers. With the benefit of hindsight we can see that they were way ahead of their time. Brilliant film.

Papa said...

TARPON has some great shots, but you really have to see LOCATION X to really appreciate Tarpon Fly Fishing