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Life Imitates ’80s Bruce WIllis Movies: ‘Man Forced To Moonwalk At Gunpoint’

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on April 26, 2012

Life imitates art. You know that because you read all about it in clever headlines almost daily.

But how often does life imitate under-appreciated late-1980s movies starring Bruce Willis, John Larroquette and Kim Basinger? Rarely. That is, until someone in Idaho gets his gun.

If “Man Forced To Moonwalk At Gunpoint” sounds familiar to anyone, it’s because there’s a flicker of long-term recall being activated in your visual cortex, auditory cortex and elsewhere around the brain. Wait, this happened, didn’t it? In that movie, right? Yes, Blind Date (about 1:15 in):

Whoa, look at all that hair on Bruce Willis’ head. Amazing it’s been 25 years since that film.

As for the story: “Police were called to [John Ernest] Cross’ Clark Fork home Monday on reports that he pointed a rifle at another man and demanded that the man perform the dance move popularized by Michael Jackson in the 1980s, according to The Associated Press. Investigators alleged the gun was a semiautomatic rifle, but Cross said during his initial court appearance that it was only a pellet gun.”


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