Thomasine and Bushrod (1974)

GORDON PARKS JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1974. Columbia Pictures, Eaves Movie Ranch. Screenplay by Max Julien. Cinematography by Lucien Ballard. Produced by Harvey Bernhard, Max Julien. Music by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. Production Design by Bert Allen. Costume Design by Andrea Lilly. Film Editing by Frank C. Decot. Gordon Parks, Jr., son of…

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Swallows And Amazons (1974)

CLAUDE WHATHAM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom, 1974. Theatre Projects Film Productions Ltd.. Screenplay by David Wood, based on the book by Arthur Ransome. Cinematography by Dennis C. Lewiston. Produced by Richard Pilbrow. Music by Wilfred Josephs. Production Design by Simon Holland. Costume Design by Emma Porteous. Film Editing by Michael Bradsell….

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Italianamerican (1974)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1974. National Communications Foundation. Screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen, Mardik Martin. Cinematography by Alec Hirschfield. Produced by Elaine Attias, Saul Rubin. Film Editing by Bert Lovitt. In one of his most personal and endearing works, filmmaker Martin Scorsese interviews his parents for just under an hour,…

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The Clockmaker of St. Paul (1974)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: L’horloger de Saint-Paul Alternate Title: The Clockmaker, The Watchmaker Of St. Paul France, 1974. Lira Films. Screenplay by Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, Bertrand Tavernier, based on the novel by Georges Simenon. Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn. Produced by Raymond Danon. Music by Philippe Sarde. Production Design…

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Butley (1974)

HAROLD PINTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 1974. Cinévision Ltée, The American Film Theatre. Screenplay by Simon Gray, based on his play. Cinematography by Gerry Fisher. Produced by Ely A. Landau. Production Design by Carmen Dillon. Costume Design by Robin Fraser-Paye. Film Editing by Malcolm Cooke. It’s a pretty harsh turn of…

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Deathdream (1974)

BOB CLARK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Alternate Title: Dead of Night Canada/United Kingdom/USA, 1974. Impact Films, Quadrant Films. Screenplay by Alan Ormsby. Cinematography by Jack McGowan. Produced by Bob Clark, Peter James, John Trent. Music by Carl Zittrer. Production Design by Forest Carpenter. Costume Design by Dyke Davis. Film Editing by Ronald Sinclair….

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It’s Alive (1974)

LARRY COHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1974.  Warner Bros., Larco Productions.  Screenplay by Larry Cohen.  Cinematography by Fenton Hamilton.  Produced by Larry Cohen.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Bob Biggart, Pat Somerset.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.  A well to do couple are excited about the birth of their second…

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

TOBE HOOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1974.  Vortex.   Story by Tobe Hooper, Screenplay by Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper.   Cinematography by Daniel Pearl.   Produced by Tobe Hooper.    Music by Wayne Bell, Tobe Hooper.    Production Design by Robert A. Burns.  Film Editing by J. Larry Carroll, Sallye Richardson. Horror cinema was never…

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The Destructors (1974)

ROBERT PARRISH Bil’s rating (out of 5): B Alternate Title: The Marseille Contract United Kingdom/France, 1974.  Kettledrum Films, PECF.  Screenplay by Judd Bernard.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Judd Bernard.  Music by Roy Budd.  Production Design by Willy Holt.  Costume Design by Andree Demarez.  Film Editing by Willy Kemplen. Anthony Quinn plays an American…

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The Four Musketeers (1974)

RICHARD LESTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Spain/Panama/United Kingdom/USA, 1974.  Alexander Michael and Ilya Salkind Productions, Film Trust S.A., Este Films.  Screenplay by George MacDonald Fraser, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Ilya Salkind, Michael Salkind.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Brian Eatwell.  Costume Design…

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The Tamarind Seed (1974)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1974.  Incorporated Television Company, Jewel Productions, Pimlico Films, Lorimar Productions.  Screenplay by Blake Edwards, based on the novel by Evelyn Anthony.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Ken Wales.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Harry Pottle.  Costume Design by John Briggs.  Film Editing…

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The Front Page (1974)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1974.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.  Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.  Produced by Paul Monash.  Music by Billy May.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Ralph E….

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