A Good Life: The Joe Grushecky Story

Synopsis: Too many times in life when people realize that their dreams are not going to come true they, much too often, give up on those dreams and instead accept the hand that life deals them. Joe Grushecky is not one of these people. Faced with the fact that his dream of making it big in the unforgiving business of Rock n' Roll was going to fall just short, Joe Grushecky chose a different path. He kept fighting.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Steve Caniff (co-director), Jim Justice (co-director)
91 min

We're gonna do what we do.

We're gonna attack

as aggressively as possible.

We don't take what defenses give us.

We take what we want.

I don't coach tentatively,

and I don't coach cautiously.

Look, I'm excited about football.

I get excited to wake up in the morning

and come down here

and coach these fine athletes.

It's the culmination of my week,

of my life.

I came here to do a job,

and that job was to resurrect

one of the most storied programs

in the history of college football.

And I'm doing it.

But we could not have accomplished

what we have accomplished so far

without our fans.

Hey, you f***ing loser!

They have built a reputation

as college football's

most knowledgeable and most passionate.

The average length of a

barrel on a 357 is 51/2 inches.

This particular barrel is 3.


when gun of this power is fired

from the inside of a mouth,

the head will literally come apart.

This is caused by

the expanding burning gases

that escape from the muzzle

when the gun is fired.

Its power is significantly increased

when the barrel length is shorter.

In the event that one's head

does not come apart with the shot,

they'll likely be found

with stretch marks

and breaks in the skin,

particularly around the mouth...

Like the elastic at the top

of an old pair of socks.

If my life were a movie,

this would be the end.

And this would be the beginning

of nothing that went right.


Come on,

I'm gonna miss the game!

Sorry about that.

$8 on the cheapest.

What's that sign say

out there, huh?

"The only full-service station

with self-service prices. "

So take my 800 pennies

and pump full-service gas

with self-service prices

into my truck.

I'd like to see the game.

Yes, sir.

You know who Jones

is starting today?

I haven't heard

if Strickler's recovered, have you?





No, you don't know

if Strickler's gotten over his injury,

or, yeah, you're answering me

and, no, you haven't heard,

or, no, you don't know?




The f*** was that?

Oh, man.

Half of these are-

Oh, f***, dude.


Oh, man.

What the f***?

Stop giving each other hand jobs

and get over here and pump my sh*t.


What kind?


What kind?


Fill her up, no cheap sh*t.

Do they look like

they need to be washed?

Get the f*** out of here.

So Tina says you're pretty f***ing funny.

I'm not that funny.

Tell me a joke.


That wasn't funny.

At least round it off, dumb-ass.

I bet you're older than me.

How old are you?

Oh, that's my business.


If we fought,

I'd kick your ass so easy.

Here you go.

I gave you $50.

No, you gave me $20.

No, I gave you $50,

and you best come correct

with my change.


I will pound a mud hole

in your ass.

See, I know what I gave you.

But it ain't gonna save you.

You f*** with me,

your ass is history.

Number one high school draft choice

to a college of my choice.

Everybody wants a piece of my voice,

including all the women

who get moist

when I get on the field, b*tch.

I'll be playing football next year,

where you'll still be

pumping gas right here.

So keep your motherfucking change.

You're gonna need it

for your mama,

who's got mange.

Quit talking to Tina.

"For your mama,

who's got mange"?

He's in high school?

Five years ago, yeah.

Every year he says

he's gonna play football.

Why doesn't he?

Would you let that f***ing

psycho on your team?


The Bible says we rejoice

in the hope of the glory of God.

Not only soul,

but we also rejoice in our sufferings,

because we know that suffering

produces perseverance;

perseverance, character;

and character, hope.

I hope to leave here someday.

But like the snowflakes trapped

inside a snow globe,

I wasn't going anywhere.

After you die,

nothing you ever owned matters,

and everything you ever did does.

You can't sell what you did

to your family at a garage sale.


His head drooped over the side.

I found this.

It's for you.

Open it.

Well, my bus is gonna be here

in a few minutes.


They're gonna turn off

the electric sometime next week.

When, exactly?

I don't know.

Well, I don't get paid

for another two weeks.

What about your moving fund?

It's gone.

I'll figure something out, okay?

Your bus is gonna be here

in a half hour.

It's number 16.


Never mind.

They say when your dad dies,

a piece of you dies with him.

But what about all the pieces

he leaves behind?

How do they die?

Who kills them?



Hey, Gus.

Hey, is that for me?


Gus, it's five minutes to 8:00.

What happens at 8:00?

The movie.

Oh, yeah.

Which movie?

The Harvey Girls.

Oh, yeah.

All right,

here's what I'm gonna do.

I'm gonna write you a note

so you remember what time

to pop the popcorn every night.

And I'm gonna put it

on the fridge,

so you don't forget, okay?


Good, 'cause I'm gonna write you

another note

to keep in your pocket that says,

"Look at the fridge. "

Now you should get dressed.

All right.

Put it on.

We're gonna play the movie.

Well, you need to tell me

what time.

"Look at the fridge. "

It says, "Popcorn, 7:30.

Movie, 8:

That's in three minutes.

Yeah, so you should get dressed.


Can I help you, slr?

Hey, you know, I got a friend

who lived here his whole life

and never even been

inside this place.

I moved here three months ago

from Omaha,

never been in here either

till now.

You believe that?

I have no reason not to, sir.

Yeah, I guess you wouldn't.

You don't.

What's the price of admission?


I'll take a ticket.

Great, just give me one second.

Do you hear that whistle

down the line?

I figure that it's engine number 49.

She's the only one

that'll sound that way

on the Atchison, Topeka

and the Santa... Fe.

It's from Easter Parade.

No, it's not.

It's from The Harvey Girls.

I was just testing him.

I'll have one ticket

for The Harvey Girls.

Do you have any popcorn?


Best thing about

these old theaters is,

they smell of popcorn, but, uh...

I don't smell any in this one.

How come?

Do you hear that whistle

down the line?

I figure that it's engine number 49.

She's the only one

that'll sound that way

on the Atchison, Topeka,

and the Santa Fe.

See the old smoke risin'

around the bend.

I reckon that she knows

she's gonna meet a friend.

Folks around these parts

get the time of day

from the Atchison, Topeka,

and the Santa Fe.

Here she comes.

I'm ready to go.

Let's go.

It's all right.

I took care of it.




Gus, I can't get here any earlier.

And people won't come here any later

because of across the street,

so if you don't remember

to make the pop-

I remembered to pop the popcorn.

No, you didn't.

Well, you didn't tell me.

Yes, I did.

Why doesn't Catharine

pop the damn popcorn?

Because Catharine died

five years ago.

Yeah, I know that.

I remember.

Nobody told us anything about it.

I remember.

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