Lenny Bruce: Swear To Tell The Truth (1998)

ROBERT B. WEIDE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  HBO Documentary, Whyaduck Productions.  Screenplay by Robert B. Weide.  Cinematography by Biff Bracht. Produced by Robert B. Weide.  Film Editing by Geof Bartz, Claire Scanlon, Robert B. Weide.  Academy Awards 1998. Robert Weide directs a loving tribute to the work of one of the founding fathers of stand-up comedy….

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A Civil Action (1998)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Jonathan Harr.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Rachel Pfeffer, Robert Redford, Scott Rudin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman.  Academy Awards 1998.  Golden Globe…

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What Dreams May Come (1998)

VINCENT WARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/New Zealand, 1998.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Interscope Communications, Metafilmics.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Richard Matheson. Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Barnet Bain.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Eugenio Zanetti.  Costume Design by Yvonne Blake.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Maysie Hoy.  Academy Awards 1998.   Robin Williams plays a happy family…

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Patch Adams (1998)

TOM SHADYAC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Universal Pictures, Blue Wolf Productions, Farrell/Minoff, Bungalow 78 Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Oedekerk, based on the book Gesundheit: Good Health Is A Laughing Matter by Patch Adams, Maureen Mylander.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Mike Farrell, Barry Kemp, Marvin Minoff, Charles Newirth.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Linda DeScenna.  Costume Design by Judy…

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Affliction (1997)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1997.  JVC Entertainment Networks, Kingsgate Films, Largo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Russell Banks.  Cinematography by Paul Sarossy.  Produced by Linda Reisman.  Music by Michael Brook.  Production Design by Anne Pritchard.  Costume Design by Francois Laplante.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.  Academy Awards 1998.  Golden Globe Awards 1998.  Independent Spirit…

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Pleasantville (1998)

GARY ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1998.   New Line Cinema, Larger Than Life Productions.   Screenplay by Gary Ross.   Cinematography by John Lindley.   Produced by Bob Degus, Jon Kilik, Gary Ross, Steven Soderbergh.   Music by Randy Newman.   Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.   Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.   Film Editing by William Goldenberg.   Academy Awards…

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A Simple Plan (1998)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/France/USA/Japan, 1998. British Broadcasting Corporation, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures, Savoy Pictures, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho Company, Towa Video, Union Générale Cinématographique.  Screenplay by Scott B. Smith, based on the novel. Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by James Jacks, Adam Schroeder.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Patrizia von…

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The Horse Whisperer (1998)

ROBERT REDFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by Eric Roth, Richard LaGravenese, based on the novel by Nick Evans.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Patrick Markey, Robert Redford.  Music by Thomas Newman, Gwil Owen.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judy L. Ruskin.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin, Freeman A….

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The Last Days (1998)

JAMES MOLL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Ken Lipper/June Beallor production, Shoah Foundation, Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.  Cinematography by Harris Done.  Produced by June Beallor, Ken Lipper.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Film Editing by James Moll.  Academy Awards 1998.   Harrowing, captivating documentary that centres on the personal recollections of six Hungarian Holocaust survivors. This group…

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Babe: Pig In The City (1998)

GEORGE MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia, 1998.  Kennedy Miller Productions.  Screenplay by George Miller, Judy Morris, Mark Lamprell, based on characters created by Dick King-Smith.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Bill Miller, George Miller, Doug Mitchell.  Music by Nigel Westlake. Production Design by Roger Ford.  Costume Design by Norma Moriceau.  Film Editing by Jay Friedkin, Margaret Sixel.  Academy Awards 1998….

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American History X (1998)

TONY KAYE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  New Line Cinema, Savoy Pictures, The Turman-Morrissey Company.  Screenplay by David McKenna.  Cinematography by Tony Kaye.  Produced by John Morrissey.  Music by Anne Dudley.  Production Design by Jon Gary Steele, Phill Zagajewski.  Costume Design by Doug Hall.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg, Alan Heim.  Academy Awards 1998.   Powerful film tackles racism in America without…

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Little Voice (1998)

MARK HERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1998.  Miramax, Scala Productions.  Screenplay by Mark Herman, based on the play by Jim Cartwright.  Cinematography by Andy Collins.  Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen.  Music by John Altman.  Production Design by Don Taylor.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by Michael Ellis.  Academy Awards 1998.  Golden Globe Awards 1998.   Cute musical film about a super-talented mimic (Jane Horrocks,…

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