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Northwestern Students To Hold Cage Movie Marathon

EVANSTON, Ill. (WBBM) -- For a second straight year, some students at Northwestern University are organizing a backhanded tribute to actor Nicolas Cage.

As WBBM's Regine Schlesinger reports, the students will be showing 30 hours of his movies in what they call "Cage Match, Round Two."

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Earlier this month, Northwestern students raised over $1 million for charity through their decades-old dance marathon.

Now, a few students are hosting the second annual "Cage Match," which showcases Cage's best and worst movies.

Junior Kevin Shepherd got the idea from his favorite worst movie, "The Wicker Man"

"It is awful. It is one of the worst films you will ever see," Shepherd said. "But it's so gloriously bad; it's bad in a really special way."

So starting Friday night, the students will raise money for Amnesty International with the 30-hour Cage movie marathon.

Last year's lineup featured some of Cage's best-known films including "Leaving Las Vegas" and "ConAir."

This year, there will be some more obscure movies, such as "Vampire's Kiss" and "Zandalee."

"We're not insulting Mr. Cage. We like his films," Shepherd said. "It's just that we recognize we like them in a way not everyone might like them."

Sixteen movies will be shown in all.

For legal reasons, organizers point out, the movies cannot be streamed online. But they will offer a live stream of the people attending the movie marathon on their Web site,


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