Ragtime

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   This Milos Forman film adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow novel will be of particular interest to those who enjoyed the recent Broadway musical version (this one’s not a musical). It stars an ensemble cast whose interactions take place in turn-of-the-century America when the country was going through a…

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The Stepford Wives (1975)

BRYAN FORBES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1975.  Palomar Pictures, Fadsin Cinema Associates.  Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Edgar J. Scherick.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Timothy Gee. Ira Levin’s creepy novel reaches the screen with mixed…

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The Verdict (1982)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1982.   Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by David Mamet, based on the novel by Barry Reed.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Edward Pisoni.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Peter C. Frank.  Academy Awards 1982.  Golden Globe Awards 1982.  National Board of Review Awards 1982.  …

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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1975.  Warner Bros., Artists Entertainment Complex.  Screenplay by Frank Pierson, based on a magazine article by P.F. Kluge, Thomas Moore, from the book by Leslie Waller.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Martin Bregman,Martin Elfand.  Production Design by Charles Bailey.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.  Academy Awards 1975.  Golden…

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Serpico (1973)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/Italy, 1973.  Artists Entertainment Complex, Produzioni De Laurentiis International Manufacturing Company.  Screenplay by Waldo Salt, Norman Wexler, based on the book by Peter Maas.  Cinematography by Arthur J. Ornitz.  Produced by Martin Bregman.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Charles Bailey.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Dede Allen, Richard Marks.Academy Awards…

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The Pawnbroker (1964)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Landau Company, The Pawnbroker Company.  Screenplay by Morton S. Fine, David Friedkin, based on the novel by Edward Lewis Wallant.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Philip Langner, Roger H. Lewis.  Music by Quincy Jones.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum.  Academy Awards 1965.  Golden Globe…

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Running On Empty (1988)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1988.  Double Play, Lorimar Film Entertainment.  Screenplay by Naomi Foner.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Griffin Dunne, Amy Robinson.  Music by Tony Mottola.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.  Academy Awards 1988.  Golden Globe Awards 1988.  National Board of Review Awards 1988.   One of the most…

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The Godfather (1972)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1972.  Paramount Pictures, Alfran Productions. Screenplay by Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis. Produced by Albert S. Ruddy.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by William Reynolds, Peter Zinner.  Academy Awards 1972.  Golden…

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A Night In Heaven (1983)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1983.  Screenplay by Joan Tewkesbury.  Cinematography by David L. Quaid.  Produced by David L. Quaid, Hawk Koch.  Music by Jan Hammer.  Production Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by John G. Avildsen.   Hilariously bad movie is lamentable for wasting the superb talents of Lesley…

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