As continued following the first movie, Judd clearly becomes depressed and a heavily drinker.
Marty and Shiloh saved his life after getting into a truck accident from drinking and driving.
In the middle of the movie, we find out that Judd was beaten as a child and stayed at his residence ever since while his older siblings ran off and his parents dying one after another.
Becomes friendlier at the end of the film.
*Side Notes for the last two films:*
While Marty and Shiloh saved his life due a truck accident, in the third film he saved their lives from nearly drowning in a river.
Begins to receive trust from the Preston family at the very end when he allowed Ray, Marty & Shiloh into his trailer home for the first time, ever.
One question though: If Shiloh began accepting Judd at the end of the 2nd movie, how come he still didn’t cross the river to his house until the end of the 3rd film? (After all, it does take time to rebuild and regain one’s trust).
In three different posts, I will compare and contrast the character Judd Travers from the three Shiloh films which were released within a 10 year time span (1996, 1999 & 2006). In the previous post from early this morning, it was mainly about life lessons that we can learn, receive and give to others (ex: Kindness). But anyway, here is how Judd was from the first film.
Judd drinks everyday, but not as heavy.
Not a committed person and tends to not follow thru with his promises to Marty until the very end of the film.
His reaction at the end of the film when he lets Shiloh out of the truck, speaks volumes (preparation of what was to come in the second film).
*Side Notes for the first two films:*
Judd doesn’t own up to his own responsibilities as a dog owner nor as a human being
Stays home on a daily basis; doesn’t seem to have a job. Wonder why?
Drives to the store to purchase alcohol. How does he earn money, though?
Hunts in the first two films: Raccoons and Squirrels
From what I’ve gathered in the three Shiloh movies, it is not only kindness you have to show towards your neighbor who’s abusive, but rather work on the most important aspect of helping this person find peace and forgiveness. In other words, don’t sit back and expect to change the person overnight. Guide them from appearing out of the darkness and show them the beauty of life and how animals (especially dogs) should receive love and affection. Here are some life lessons that we all can take from these three fantastic Shiloh movies:
Do unto others as they would have undo to you. Treat people with respect and they will do the same back.
Recognize that respect, though, is a two-way street. You can’t get anywhere unless you shower that person with kindness, patience and forgiveness. Eventually, they will wake-up and do the same for you.
As Rod Steiger’s character says, “Try harder.” Take a look at his character and analyze what he meant in the first two movies. What was his purpose in the first two films? His purpose was to guide Marty in the right direction and teach him that even though we can’t have someone else answer our questions, try harder to dig for the truth and do everything you can to help someone see the light.