Pirates (1986)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France/Tunisia, 1986.  Carthago Films S.a.r.l., Accent Films, Cominco.  Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Roman Polanski, from a screenplay by John Brownjohn.  Cinematography by Witold Sobocinski.  Produced by Tarak Ben Ammar.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing by Herve de Luze, William Reynolds.  Academy Awards 1986.   Roman Polanski…

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Hoosiers (1986)

DAVID ANSPAUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1986.  De Haven Productions, Hemdale.  Screenplay by Angelo Pizzo.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Carter DeHaven, Angelo Pizzo.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by David Nichols.  Costume Design by Jane Anderson.  Film Editing by Carroll Timothy O’Meara.  Academy Awards 1986.  Golden Globe Awards 1986.  Independent Spirit Awards 1986. Gene Hackman plays a basketball coach with…

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‘Round Midnight (1986)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1986.  Little Bear, PECF.  Screenplay by David Rayfiel, Bertrand Tavernier, French translation by Colo Tavernier.  Cinematography by Bruno de Keyzer.  Produced by Irwin Winkler.  Music by Herbie Hancock.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Moreau.  Film Editing by Armand Psenny.  Academy Awards 1986.  Golden Globe Awards 1986.   National Board of Review Awards…

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Little Shop Of Horrors (1986)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1986.  The Geffen Company.  Screenplay by Howard Ashman, based on his musical play, adapted from the 1960 film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles B. Griffith.  Cinematography by Robert Paynter.  Produced by David Geffen.  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Roy Walker.  Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film Editing by John Jympson.  Academy Awards…

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

LEONARD NIMOY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1986.   Paramount Pictures, Industrial Light & Magic.  Story by Leonard Nimoy, Harve Bennett, Screenplay by Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Harve Bennett, Nicholas Meyer, based on the television series Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry.   Cinematography by Donald Peterman.   Produced by Harve Bennett.   Music by Leonard Rosenman.   Production Design…

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Mona Lisa

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Bob Hoskins is released from prison and goes back to work for his gangster boss (Michael Caine). Immediately assigned as a driver to a high-class call girl (Cathy Tyson), this meathead thug finds himself falling for his beautiful charge and willing to do whatever she needs. His survival skills are put to…

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Top Gun

BB.5 (out of 5) Tom Cruise is a pilot school student who lives under the shadow of his father’s accidental death and the weight of his own smug self-confidence. Constantly at war with authority, Cruise hot-rods his way through training while romancing one of his gorgeous instructors (Kelly McGillis). It’s easy to see why this guy…

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Children Of A Lesser God

BBBB (out of 5) William Hurt goes to work at a school for deaf children and befriends a young janitor (Marlee Matlin) who was once a pupil there. Getting to know her, he realizes she has been avoiding the outside world from fear, and through their friendship and eventual love affair, they give each other…

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’38

WOLFGANG GLUCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Alternate title:  Vienna Before The Fall Austria/West Germany, 1986.  Almaro Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Satel Film, Osterreichischer Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Wolfgang Gluck, Lida Winiewicz, based on the novel Auch Das War Wien by Friedrich Torberg.  Cinematography by Gerard Vandenberg.  Produced by Michael Hild.  Music by Bert Grund.  Production Design by Herwig Libowitzky, Christian Marin, Oldrich Okac.  Costume Design by…

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Legend (1985)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom/USA, 1985.  Legend Production Company, Embassy International Pictures.  Screenplay by William Hjortsberg.  Cinematography by Alex Thomson.  Produced by Arnon Milchan.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith, Tangerine Dream.  Production Design by Assheton Gorton.  Costume Design by Charles Knode.  Film Editing by Terry Rawlings.  Academy Awards 1986. Tom Cruise looks perpetually embarrassed to be appearing in this terrible fantasy, the last…

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The Mission

BBB.5 (out of 5) Roland Joffe followed The Killing Fields with this good but less impressive film set in the remote jungles of Brazil.  Jeremy Irons plays a priest who travels to this supposedly ‘uncivilized’ part of the world to bring Christ to the natives, and comes upon a Portuguese slaver (Robert De Niro) who wants…

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Platoon (1986)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1986.  Hemdale.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Arnold Kopelson.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Wynn Arenas.  Film Editing by Claire Simpson.  Academy Awards 1986.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1986.  Golden Globe Awards 1986.  Independent Spirit Awards 1986.  New York Film Critics Awards 1986.   Outstanding film…

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