Death Watch (1980)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Original Title: La Mort En Direct France/West Germany, 1980. Films A2, Gaumont International, Little Bear, Sara Films, Selta Films, Societe Francaise de Production, TV13 Filmproduktion. Screenplay by David Rayfiel, Bertrand Tavernier, Géza von Radványi, based on the novel by David Compton. Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn. Produced by…

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A Week’s Vacation (1980)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Une semaine de vacances France, 1980. Sara Films, Antenne 2, Little Bear. Screenplay by Marie-Françoise Hans, Bertrand Tavernier, Colo Tavernier. Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn. Produced by Alain Sarde, Bertrand Tavernier. Music by Pierre Papadiamandis. Production Design by Jean-Baptiste Poirot. Costume Design by Yvette Bonnay. Film…

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Gregory’s Girl (1980)

BILL FORSYTH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom, 1980. Lake Films, National Film Finance Corporation, Scottish Television. Screenplay by Bill Forsyth. Cinematography by Michael Coulter. Produced by Davina Belling, Clive Parsons. Music by Colin Tully. Production Design by Adrienne Atkinson. Costume Design by Nadia Arthur. Film Editing by John Gow. There’s no shortage…

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Battle Beyond The Stars (1980)

JIMMY T. MURAKAMI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 1980. New World Pictures. Story by John Sayles, Anne Dyer, Screenplay by John Sayles. Cinematography by Daniel Lacambre. Produced by Ed Carlin. Music by James Horner. Production Design by Charles William Breen, James Cameron. Costume Design by Durinda Wood. Film Editing by Allan Holzman, R.J….

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Xanadu (1980)

ROBERT GREENWALD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Christian Danus, Marc Reid Rubel.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Lawrence Gordon.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.   Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Bobbie Mannix.  Film Editing by Dennis Virkler. One of the most famous…

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The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy (1980)

KATHLEEN COLLINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB USA, 1980.  Screenplay by Kathleen Collins, Henry H. Roth, Jo Tavener.  Produced by Eleanor Charles, Rosalind Schneider.  Music by Michael D. Minard.  Production Design by Walter Raines.  Film Editing by Kathleen Collins, Ronald K. Gray. Kathleen Collins made her debut with this short feature whose curious…

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The Island (1980)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.    USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures, Zanuck/Brown Productions.  Screenplay by Peter Benchley, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Ennio Morricone.   Production Design by Dale Hennesy.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Richard A. Harris. Being…

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Christmas Evil (1980)

LEWIS JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  Alternate Title:  You Better Watch Out USA, 1980.  Edward R. Pressman Productions.  Screenplay by Lewis Jackson.  Cinematography by Ricardo Aronovich.  Produced by Pete Kameron, Burt Kleiner.  Music by Don Christensen, Joel Harris, Julia Heyward.  Production Design by Lorenzo Mans.  Costume Design by Deirdre N. Williams.  Film Editing by…

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Inferno (1980)

DARIO ARGENTO Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   Italy, 1980.  Produzioni Intersound.  Story and Screenplay by Dario Argento.   Cinematography by Romano Albani.  Produced by Claudio Argento.  Music by Keith Emerson.  Production Design by Giuseppe Bassan.  Costume Design by Massimo Lentini.  Film Editing by Franco Fraticelli. Dario Argento puts memorable firepower into the visuals of a film whose narrative leaves plenty to be…

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Permanent Vacation (1980)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 1980.  Cinesthesia Productions.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Tom DiCillo, James A. Lebovitz.  Produced by Jim Jarmusch.  Music by Jim Jarmusch, John Lurie.  Film Editing by Jim Jarmusch.  Jim Jarmusch debuts with an esoteric indie made soon after his dropping out of film school.  Chris Parker stars as an aimless…

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The Ninth Configuration (1980)

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 1980.  Ninth Configuration.  Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by William Peter Blatty.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.  Production Design by Bill Malley.  Costume Design by Tom Bronson.  Film Editing by Battle Davis, Tony de Zarraga, Peter Lee-Thompson, Roberto Silvi.   William…

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The Jazz Singer (1980)

RICHARD FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1980.  EMI Films.  Screenplay by Herbert Baker, adaptation by Stephen H. Foreman, based on the play by Samson Raphaelson.  Cinematography by Isidore Mankofsky.  Produced by Jerry Leider.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Maury Winetrobe.  Golden Globe Awards 1980. Neil Diamond makes an ill-advised…

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