The Great Santini

LORELAI: Look, I know that Mrs. Kim and Robert Duvall in The Great Santini share a striking resemblance, but she is Lane’s mom.

The Great Santini is a 1979 drama film written and directed by Lewis John Carlino, based on the novel of the same name by Pat Conroy. The movie is about Lt. Col. Wilbur “Bull” Meechum (Robert Duvall), a pilot known as “The Great Santini” by his fellow Marines. Meechum has a terrifying temper, and is a stern disciplinarian to his teenaged children. The Great Santini failed at the box office, but was well received by critics.

It is notable that Meechum’s children are accustomed to their father’s strict rules, and his sensitive son does everything he can to win his father’s respect and affection. In the same way, Lane never openly rebels against her mother, and submits to Mrs. Kim’s rules. You can tell that Lane really does love her mother very much, even while she chafes against her restrictions.

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