Call Northside 777
Personal Lessons and Insights

June 29, 2001

1.

Brief Plot Summary

A 1948 film about a Chicago reporter trying to prove the innocence of a man convicted of murdering a cop 11 years previously.

2.

Interest Character

I found the character Frank Wiecek (The prisoner) to be interesting. Although he knew himself to be innocent, he insisted that his family stay away and not try to prove his innocence. He was willing to stay in jail in order to protect his family. He even suggested to his wife that she get remarried to protect his boy and make her life better. I was impressed with his ability to be thinking of his family over himself, even during the worst period in his life.

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Interesting Scene

I felt an interesting scene was when McNeal (The reporter) searched all of the Polish bars looking for Wanda Skutnik (the witness). It was a dangerous place to be, and there was no guarantee of him finding results, yet he was still willing to go through with it, thanks to his great conviction. He knew Wiechek was innocent, and was willing to do just about anything to prove it. I find conviction, the drive to work for what you believe in, to be an admirable quality, and I wish I had more conviction to follow up my moral code.

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Something this film made me think about.

After watching this film, I realized the importance of persistence. Persistence is what will allow you to get through the tough times on the way to achieving your goals. Often, the only way to achieve those goals is through persistence. Persistence is also what allows the little people to achieve victories over larger forces, like the mother in the film, working for 11 years to get her son out of jail.

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