Save The Tiger (1973)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1973.  Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973. Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt…

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Ludwig

BBB (out of 5) The life of the Bavarian prince who died at 40 after barely twenty years on the throne is covered in this four hour period epic by Luchino Visconti, the film he has making when he had the stroke that would contribute to his death four years later. Helmut Berger in capes is a…

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The Paper Chase

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Timothy Bottoms arrives for his first year of Harvard Law and is immediately made a target by a legendary professor (theatrical and film producer John Houseman in his first major film acting role), who treats him with both derision and admiration depending on what the day’s case studies bring. Bottoms makes friends and…

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Bang The Drum Slowly

BBB.5 (out of 5) Touching film about the friendship between two baseball players on a major league team, something like Midnight Cowboy but without all the traumatic hardships. Upstanding and sensitive Michael Moriarty keeps a lid on the news when slovenly Robert De Niro finds out during a stay at the Mayo Clinic that he is dying…

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Turkish Delight (The Sensualist) (Turks Fruit)

BBBB (out of 5) Paul Verhoeven had his first international success with this romance that, decades later, has maintained its energy and appeal.  Rutger Hauer is excellent as a sculptor and ruthless womanizer who beds countless women on a daily basis for one simple reason: he is broken up over his great love (Monique van de…

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Robin Hood (1973)

BBB (out of 5) Sweet, animated fable from Disney takes the characters of legend and casts animals in their roles. Robin Hood is now a sly but kindly fox who defends the people of England from the greed of Prince John (a lion, wonderfully voiced by Peter Ustinov), robbing from the rich and giving their…

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Papillon

BB (out of 5) Another prison movie for Steve McQueen, and once again he’s trying for the great escape. He plays a French petty criminal who is wrongly accused of murder and, after a few unsuccessful attempts to break free, is sent to a maximum security prison in Guyana. All manner of degradation is detailed…

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The Sting

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Robert Redford plays a con man who seeks revenge after his partner is killed by a crime boss. He teams up with older, wiser scam genius Paul Newman and the two of them set out to take the bad guy for all he’s worth. Despite there having been a million imitations of this…

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Live And Let Die

BBBB (out of 5) Roger Moore makes his debut as agent 007 James Bond in this exciting adventure. After several British agents are murdered at various places around the world, London headquarters send Bond to New York to find out the reason behind the assassination. The trail leads our hero to the Caribbean where the…

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Journey To The Outer Limits

BBBB (out of 5) The educational experience of Outward Bound is captured in this wonderful documentary from the folks at National Geographic. It covers one semester in the course as a group of disparate individuals, young people from around America, are gathered up to survive the wilderness together and learn all manner of coping skills….

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Day For Night (La Nuit Americaine)

BBBBB (out of 5) There’s magic in just about every frame of this thoroughly enjoyable movie. Francois Truffaut details the world of film making, playing himself as a frustrated director who has every possible production problem befall his latest project. His lead actor (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is emotionally unstable and prone to flights of ridiculous romanticism,…

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The Day Of The Jackal

BBBB (out of 5) Frederic Forsythe’s taut suspense novel comes to the screen with admirable results. Edward Fox is fantastic as the hired gun known only as “The Jackal”, enlisted by a militant faction of French loyalists who feel that de Gaulle’s allowing Algeria its independence constitutes treason to their homeland. After a failed attempt on…

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