The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1969.  Boardwalk Productions.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the novel by John Nichols.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Fred Karlin.  Production Design by Roland Anderson.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson, Jennifer L. Parsons.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen, John W. Wheeler.  Making his way…

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Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

ROBERT MULLIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1965.  Park Place Production, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Gavin Lambert, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Aaron Stell.   Natalie Wood is terrific as a teenager living on a grimy boardwalk in…

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Starting Over (1979)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James L. Brooks, based on the novel by Dan Wakefield.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by James L. Brooks, Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by John Boxer.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman.   Candice Bergen is tired of being upper-middle-class housewife…

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Love With The Proper Stranger (1963)

ROBERT MULLIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1963.  Pakula-Mulligan, Boardwalk Productions, Rona.  Screenplay by Arnold Schulman.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Aaron Stell.   Steve McQueen plays a loose-living New York City musician who thinks he’s going to…

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To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

ROBERT MULLIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1962.  Universal International Pictures, Pakula-Mulligan, Brentwood Productions.  Screenplay by Horton Foote, based on the novel Harper Lee.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by Aaron Stell.   Harper Lee’s incredibly popular novel makes its way to the big screen…

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The Devil’s Own (1997)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1997.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Kevin Jarre, Screenplay by David Aaron Cohen, Vincent Patrick, Kevin Jarre.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert F. Colesberry, Lawrence Gordon.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Tom Rolf, Dennis Virkler.   Much publicity was given…

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The Pelican Brief (1993)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1993.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Alan J. Pakula, based on the book by John Grisham.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Pieter Jan Brugge, Alan J. Pakula.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Tom Rolf, Trudy Ship.   Excessively long film version of John…

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Consenting Adults (1992)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 1992.  Hollywood Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners, Permut Presentations.  Screenplay by Matthew Chapman.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula, David Permut.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Gary Jones, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen. Unbearably bad thriller directed by Alan J. Pakula, who…

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Presumed Innocent (1990)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros., Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Frank Pierson, Alan J. Pakula, based on the novel by Scott Turow.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Sydney Pollack, Mark Rosenberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by John Boxer.  Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman.   Harrison Ford plays a well-respected…

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Sophie’s Choice (1982)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1982.  Incorporated Television Company, Keith Barish Productions.  Screenplay by Alan J. Pakula, based on the novel by William Styron.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Produced by Keith Barish, Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman.   The performance that…

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The Parallax View (1974)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1974.  Doubleday Productions, Gus, Harbor Productions.  Screenplay by David Giler, Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the novel by Loren Singer.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Frank L. Thompson.  Film Editing by John W. Wheeler.   Terrific paranoid thriller in…

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Klute (1971)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1971.  Warner Bros., Gus Productions.  Screenplay by Andy Lewis, David E. Lewis.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Carl Lerner.   The other fantastic thriller made in 1971 is the perfect feminine companion to The…

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