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‘Green Book’ Director to Adapt ‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’

Everyone loves free stuff. I’m not talking about the type “free stuff” that comes in the mail or out of a slot machine (although that’s fantastic too); the type of “free stuff” I’m referring to has to do with human relationships. Seemingly insignificant niceties that are always appreciated but all too often forgotten about. Casual gifts, hand-me-downs, choosing to grab the bill at dinner, or just buying your friend a beer.

That last one holds a special place in my heart. I love a nice cold free beer: one drank at the end of a long week and bought by someone who makes you feel a little less alone in our exciting yet unforgiving world. It is in the spirit of charitable friendship that The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A True Story of Friendship Stronger Than War tells the true story of an effervescent quest.


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The year was 1967 as John Donohue found himself sitting in a Manhattan bar called Doc Fiddlers’. The bartender, George Lynch, commented on all the anti-war protests taking place across the country. In his musings, George suggested that someone take those boys in Vietnam a beer to let them know they hadn’t been forgotten. Being a former marine, this struck a chord with John “Chick” Donohue—he was the right soldier for this mission. He decided he would bring some good wishes and an appropriate amount of belligerence to some local soldiers overseas… and, just like that, Operation Beers For The Boys was underway.


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John’s journey took place over the course of four months and eight thousand miles. It did not go as planned. He ended up getting stuck in Saigon for months due to the Tet Offensive. He ALSO ended up drinking all the beer he brought with and had to restock his cargo before finally reaching his destination. The whole thing made John a local legend of sorts. In 2017, he and Joanna Molloy self-published the book about the experience—The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A True Story of Friendship Stronger Than War.

According to Screen Rant, Peter Farrelly (director of the 2018 best picture Green Book) is set to adapt the story into a feature film. In addition to directing, Peter Farrelly will help write the dramedy alongside Brian Currie and Pete Jones.  Skydance is overseeing the project, with Don Granger, Dana Goldberg, and Aimee Rivera at the helm.

Before Green Book, Peter Farrelly was known as one part of the directing duo the Farrelly brothers. Peter and his brother Bobby are known for directing films such as Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary. Peter’s solo career along with Green Book‘s success is a surprising departure from the typical Farrelly brothers’ ridiculousness; however, it is a welcome one. Peter Farrelly’s reinvigorated creative momentum should make way for a colorful adaption of John’s journey, one that will remind us that the best things in life are “free.”

PBR featured the story courtesy of interviews with the aforementioned boys. If you have twelve minutes and fifty-five seconds, it’s worth a watch… or just continue on with your regularly scheduled programming.





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'The Negro Motorists' Green Book'

‘Green Book’ Film Boosts Sales for Old Picture Book

The Academy Award-winning Green Book has certainly been making its fair share of green. The film’s earnings have surpassed $100 million internationally. Why such high earnings? Let’s just say if you’d seen the movie already, you wouldn’t need to ask that question. In addition to an incredible performance from Viggo Mortensen (surely you’ve seen any Lord of the Rings movie) and Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali, the film juxtaposes humor and the weight of America’s bigoted history to tell a deeply nuanced story. Though the film juggles many complex elements—historical context, race relations, interracial power dynamics, and queer sexuality—little ever slips.

While some have raised the question of whether or not the film propagates the white-savior complex, one thing is certain: it also raises awareness of a lesser-known facet of American history.


'The Green Book' film artwork


Long-standing school curriculums have largely neglected the real ‘green book:’ an African-American motorist’s manual published by Victor Hugo Green for thirty consecutive years, beginning in 1936. The guide enabled travellers to avoid inconvenient or unsafe situations in which they may be refused service; threatened; attacked; or expelled from “sundown towns,” whites-only segregated municipalities. 10,000 such towns existed as late as the 1960s, and, despite stereotypes, these towns weren’t geographically limited to the South. Bronxville, NY and Levittown, NY are just two examples of the many segregated towns above the Mason-Dixon Line.

Safety concerns for African-Americans may be a part of history, but they aren’t a thing of the past. In 2017, the NAACP issued a travel warning for the entire state of Missouri after a series of racially-motivated attacks and alarming new statistics, which revealed African-American motorists were 75% more likely to be stopped and searched throughout the state.

In bringing awareness to this uglier part of America’s history, the film also brought renewed attention to a 2010 children’s book on the same subject: Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin A. Ramsey and Gwen Strauss.



'Ruth and the Green Book' by Gwen Strauss


In November 2018, the month of Green Book‘s theatrical release, Ruth and the Green Book saw a 233% spike in profits compared to the November of the previous year. With the recent awards-season attention to the film, these soaring profits have continued, with a sustained profit increase of over double the amount of the previous year. Publicist Lindsay Matvick explains the phenomenon: “So many people didn’t know about it before the movie came out. That’s why we’re seeing such a spike in sales. People want to talk about it with their children, and this book hits the sweet spot.”

Ramsey, co-author of Ruth and the Green Book, says he wrote the book when it became clear that few people knew about the ‘green book.’ He himself hadn’t known until a funeral for a family friend, during which one mourner said they hadn’t driven such a long distance since a bygone era when the guide was widely used. Though he’s proud to have followed his dream and written this book on the subject, he looks forward to the day when his children’s book won’t be the only one to handle the important topic.


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