Against All Odds (1984)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1984. Columbia Pictures, New Visions, Columbia-Delphi Productions. Screenplay by Eric Hughes, based on the screenplay Out Of The Past by Daniel Mainwaring, adapted from his novel. Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin. Produced by William S. Gilmore, Taylor Hackford. Music by Larry Carlton, Michel Colombier. Production Design…

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Under The Volcano (1984)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Mexico/USA, 1984.  Conacite Unoo, Ithaca.  Screenplay by Guy Gallo, based on the novel by Malcolm Lowry.   Cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa.  Produced by Moritz Borman, Wieland Schulz-Keil.   Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Gunther Gerszo.   Costume Design by Angela Dodson.  Film Editing by Roberto Silvi.   A British…

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The Woman In Red (1984)

GENE WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1984.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Gene Wilder, based on the screenplay Un Elephant Ca Trompe Enormement by Jean-Loup Dabadie, Yves Robert.  Cinematography by Fred Schuler.  Produced by Victor Drai.  Music by John Morris.  Production Design by David L. Snyder.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing…

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Marlene (1984)

MAXIMILIAN SCHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  West Germany, 1984.  Bayerischer Rundfunk, Braun Entertainment Group, OKO-Film.  Screenplay by Meir Dohnal, Maximilian Schell.  Cinematography by Henry Hauck, Pavel Hispler, Ivan Slapeta.  Produced by Zev Braun, Karel Dirka.  Music by Nicolas Economou.  Production Design by Heinz Eickmeyer, Zbynek Hloch.  Film Editing by Heidi Genee, Dagmar Hirtz.  Academy Awards 1984.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1987.  New York…

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The River (1984)

MARK RYDELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Robert Dillon, Screenplay by Robert Dillon, Julian Barry.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond. Produced by Robert Cortes, Edward Lewis.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Charles Rosen.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.   The life of a rural family and their…

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The Pope Of Greenwich Village (1984)

STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1984.  United Artists.  Screenplay by Vincent Patrick, based on his novel.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Gene Kirkwood, Hawk Koch.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.  Academy Awards 1984.   Great character study whose shoddy plotting and weak direction is overcome by…

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Ghostbusters (1984)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Ghost Busters USA, 1984.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Producers Sales Organization, Delphi Films, Black Rhino Productions.  Screenplay by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Ivan Reitman.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by David E. Blewitt, Sheldon Kahn.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe…

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The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1984.  TriStar Pictures, Henson Associates, Delphi II Productions, The Jim Henson Company.  Story by Tom Patchett, Jay Tarses, Screenplay by Frank Oz, Tom Patchett, Jay Tarses, based on characters created by Jim Henson. Cinematography by Robert Paynter.  Produced by David Lazer.  Music by Ralph Burns.  Production Design by Stephen Hendrickson.  Costume Design…

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El Norte (1983)

GREGORY NAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1983.  American Playhouse, Channel Four Films, Independent Productions, Island Alive, Public Broadcasting Service.  Story by Gregory Nava, Screenplay by Anna Thomas.  Cinematography by James Glennon.  Produced by Trevor Black, Bertha Navarro, Anna Thomas.  Music by The Folkloristas.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Hilary Wright.  Film Editing by Betsy Blankett Milicevic.  Academy Awards 1983.  …

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Purple Rain (1984)

ALBERT MAGNOLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):     BB.5.  USA, 1984.  Warner Bros., Purple Films.  Screenplay by William Blinn, Albert Magnoli.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Robert Cavallo, Steven Fargnoli, Joseph Ruffalo.  Music by Michel Colombier, Prince.  Production Design by Ward Preston.  Costume Design by Marie France.  Film Editing by Albert Magnoli, Ken Robinson.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.   Prince makes his…

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2010 (1984)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1984.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Peter Hyams, based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke.  Cinematography by Peter Hyams.  Produced by Peter Hyams.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Mia Goldman, James Mitchell.  Academy Awards 1984. Superb sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s milestone classic, but if you’re…

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A Passage To India (1984)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1984.  EMI Films, Home Box Office, Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment, New Gold Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Lean, based on the novel by E.M. Forster and the play by Santha Rama Rau.  Cinematography by Ernest Day.  Produced by John Brabourne, Richard B. Goodwin.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John Box, Herbert Westbrook.  Costume Design…

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