The Big Sleep (1978)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1978. Winkast Film Productions, ITC Entertainment. Screenplay by Michael Winner, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by Robert Paynter. Produced by Jerry Bick, Elliott Kastner, Michael Winner. Music by Jerry Fielding. Production Design by Harry Pottle. Costume Design by Ron Beck. Film Editing…

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Long Weekend (1978)

COLIN EGGLESTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Australia, 1978.  Dugong Films.   Screenplay by Everett De Roche.  Cinematography by Vincent Monton.  Produced by Colin Eggleston.   Music by Michael Carlos.  Production Design by Lawrence Eastwood.  Costume Design by Kevin Regan.  Film Editing by Brian Kavanagh.  Nature takes revenge when an urban couple (Briony Behets, John Hargreaves)…

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Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

IRVIN KERSHNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1978.  Columbia Pictures, Major Studio Partners.  Story by John Carpenter, Screenplay by John Carpenter, David Zelag Goodman.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.   Produced by Jon Peters.   Music by  Artie Kane.   Production Design by Gene Callahan.   Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.   Film Editing by Michael…

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Starcrash (1978)

LUIGI COZZI Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.  USA, 1978.  Nat and Patrick Wachsberger Productions.  Screenplay by Luigi Cozzi, Nat Wachsberger, additional dialogue to R.A. Dillon.  Cinematography by Paul Beeson, Roberto D’Ettorre Piazzoli.  Produced by Nat Wachsberger, Patrick Wachsberger.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Aurelio Crugnola.  Film Editing by Sergio Montanari.  Bad Star…

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The Driver (1978)

WALTER HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1978.  EMI Films, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Walter Hill.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Lawrence Gordon.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Jack Bear, Robert Cornwall, Jennifer L. Parsons.  Film Editing by Tina Hirsch, Robert K. Lambert….

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Nighthawks (1978)

RON PECK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1978.  Nashburgh, Four Corner Films.  Screenplay by Ron Peck, Paul Hallam, from an idea by Ron Peck.  Cinematography by Joanna Davis.  Produced by Paul Hallam, Ron Peck.  Music by David Graham Ellis.  Production Design by Jan Sendor.  Film Editing by Mary Pat Leece, Richard Taylor. …

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The Fury (1978)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1978.  Twentieth Century Fox, Frank Yablans Presentations.  Screenplay by John Farris, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Frank Yablans.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Bill Malley.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch. Kirk…

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Brass Target (1978)

JOHN HOUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA/West Germany/Switzerland, 1978.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Alvin Boretz, based on the novel by Frederick Nolan.  Cinematography by Tony Imi.  Produced by Arthur Lewis.  Music by Laurence Rosenthal.  Production Design by Rolf Zehetbauer.  Costume Design by Monika Bauert.  Film Editing by David Lane. George S. Patton is given the JFK treatment in a conspiracy thriller that…

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Animal House (1978)

JOHN LANDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1978.  Universal Pictures, Oregon Film Factory, Stage III Productions.  Screenplay by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller.  Cinematography by Charles Correll.  Produced by Ivan Reitman, Matty Simmons.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by John J. Lloyd.  Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman.  Film Editing by George Folsey Jr. The campus comedy that launched decades…

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Deathsport (1978)

ALLAN ARKUSH, NICHOLAS NICIPHOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1978.  New World Pictures.  Story by Frances Doel, Screenplay by Nicholas Niciphor, Donald E. Stewart.  Cinematography by Gary Graver.  Produced by Roger Corman.  Music by Andy Stein.  Production Design by Sharon Compton.  Costume Design by Jane Ruhm.  Film Editing by Larry Bock.  David Carradine stars in this semi-sequel to Death Race 2000 as a “guide”…

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Midnight Express (1978)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/Turkey, 1978.  Columbia Pictures, Casablanca Filmworks.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, based on the book by Billy Hayes, William Hoffer.  Cinematography by Michael Seresin.  Produced by Alan Marshall, David Puttnam.  Music by Giorgio Moroder.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.   A textbook example of the kind…

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Girlfriends (1978)

CLAUDIA WEILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Cyclops.  Story by Claudia Weill, Vicki Polon, Screenplay by Vicki Polon.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Claudia Weill.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Susan Becker, Jody Cyd-Cooper, Bonnie Daziel.  Film Editing by Suzanne Pettit.   Melanie Mayron‘s starring debut was this low-key charmer that made impressive…

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