Very emotional, indeed. I saw the film last night. The attention to detail for the era was top notch and they did a great job with the story. The actors did a wonderful job with the characters, particularly Anthony Mackie, who played Nate Ruffin, and Matthew Fox, who played Red Dawson. It was great to see "Home" on the big screen and the fact that the movie was done so well.
In the late fall of 1971, Jack Lengyel, Nate Ruffin, and Reggie Oliver attended our little league football banquet. It was a thrill for a 10 year old to get rub elbows with the stars of "The Young Thundering Herd." They all gave us autographs, shook our hands and moved around and talked with us throughout the evening. You could tell that they were happy to be there with us and enjoyed it nearly as much as we did.
I have to tell you that I shed a few tears in that movie theatre last night. It took me back to that time in my life, the emotions that were felt, and it was quite eerie. If you get the chance, go see the film. I realize it will not be the same for most people as it is for those who directly experienced the story. It is still a very good movie and I think most will enjoy it.