Hero (1992)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5. Alternate Title: Accidental Hero USA, 1992.  Columbia Pictures.   Story by Laura Ziskin, Alvin Sargent, David Webb Peoples, Screenplay by David Webb Peoples.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.   Produced by Laura Ziskin.  Music by George Fenton.   Production Design by Dennis Gassner.   Costume Design by Richard Hornung.   Film Editing by…

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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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Anywhere But Here (1999)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the book by Mona Simpson.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.   The presence of at least one happy scene would have…

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

MARC WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Story by James Vanderbilt, Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Avi Arad, Matthew Tolmach, Laura Ziskin.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design…

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.    USA, 2004.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Enterprises, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Story by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Michael Chabon, Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Avi Arad, Lorne Orleans, Laura Ziskin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by…

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Spider-Man 3 (2007)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.    USA, 2007.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Studios, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Screen story by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Screenplay by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Alvin Sargent, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Avi Arad, Grant Curtis, Laura Ziskin.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by…

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Ordinary People (1980)

ROBERT REDFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1980.  Paramount Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises. Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the novel by Judith Guest.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Ronald L. Schwary.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva, Brook Simons.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Jeff Kanew.   Casting against type is what’s best about…

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What About Bob? (1991)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.    USA, 1991.  Touchstone Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1.  Story by Alvin Sargent, Laura Ziskin, Screenplay by Tom Schulman. Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Laura Ziskin.  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   A psychiatrist will be criticized by…

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Unfaithful (2002)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany/France, 2002.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Unfaithful Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, William Broyles Jr., based on the film La Femme Infidele by Claude Chabrol.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by G. Mac Brown, Adrian Lyne.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Brian Morris,…

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White Palace (1990)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Universal Pictures, Mirage Enterprises, Double Play.  Screenplay by Ted Tally, Alvin Sargent, based on the novel by Glenn Savan. Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Griffin Dunne, Amy Robinson, Mark Rosenberg.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Lisa Jensen, Durinda Wood.  Film Editing by Carol Littleton.   Rich,…

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Nuts (1987)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Warner Bros., Barwood Films.  Screenplay by Tom Topor, Darryl Ponicsan, Alvin Sargent, based on the play by Tom Topor.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Barbra Streisand.  Music by Barbra Streisand.  Production Design by Joel Schiller.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.   Barbra Streisand has no end of fun chewing up…

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Julia (1977)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the story Pentimento by Lillian Hellman.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Richard Roth.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Gene Callahan, Carmen Dillon, Willy Holt.  Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Marcel Durham, Walter Murch.   Until writing her autobiographical book…

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