Let’s Scare Jessica To Death (1971)

JOHN D. HANCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1971.  Paramount Pictures, The Jessica Company.  Screenplay by John D. Hancock, Lee Kalcheim.  Cinematography by Robert M. Baldwin.  Produced by Charles B. Moss Jr..  Music by Orville Stoeber.  Production Design by Norman Kenneson.  Costume Design by Mariette Pinchart.  Film Editing by Murray Solomon.  A married…

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Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)

JOHN D. HANCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1973.  ANJS, Dibs Partnership, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Mark Harris, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Richard Shore.  Produced by Lois Rosenfield, Maurice Rosenfield.  Music by Stephen Lawrence.  Production Design by Robert Gundlach.  Costume Design by Domingo A. Rodriguez.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.   Touching film about the friendship between two baseball players on a…

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Awakenings (1990)

PENNY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Parkes/Lasker productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Oliver Sacks. Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Anton Furst.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing by Battle Davis, Gerald B. Greenberg.   Dr. Oliver Sacks’ autobiographical…

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The Basketball Diaries (1995)

SCOTT KALVERT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1995.  New Line Cinema, Island Pictures.  Screenplay by Bryan Goluboff, based on the novel by Jim Carroll.  Cinematography by David Phillips.  Produced by Liz Heller, John Bard Manulis.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Christopher Nowak.  Costume Design by David C. Robinson.  Film Editing by Dana Congdon.   Jim Carroll’s autobiographical account of his…

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Cruising (1980)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/West Germany, 1980.  CiP – Europaische Treuhand AG, Lorimar Film Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Friedkin, based on the novel by Gerald Walker.  Cinematography by James A. Contner.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Bruce Weintraub.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by Bud S. Smith.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies….

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The Exorcist (1973)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1973.  Warner Bros., Hoya Productions.  Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by William Peter Blatty.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Bill Malley.  Costume Design by Joseph Fretwell III.  Film Editing by Norman Gay, Evan A. Lottman.   Ellen Burstyn plays a single mother and movie star whose…

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The Bonfire Of The Vanities (1990)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Michael Cristofer, based on the novel by Tom Wolfe.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Brian De Palma, Chris F. Woods.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Bill Pankow, David Ray. Brian DePalma makes a huge mess…

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Jeffrey (1995)

CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1995.  The Booking Office, Workin’ Man Films.  Screenplay by Paul Rudnick, based on his play.  Cinematography by Jeffrey J. Tufano.  Produced by Mark Balsam, Mitchell Maxwell, Victoria Maxwell.  Music by Stephen Endelman.  Production Design by P. Michael Johnston.  Film Editing by Cara Silverman.   Paul Rudnick’s hysterical off-Broadway play has been turned into a stagy…

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Dead Man Walking (1995)

TIM ROBBINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1995.  Havoc, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Tim Robbins, based on the book by Helen Prejean.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Tim Robbins, Rudd Simmons.  Music by David Robbins.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin, Ray Hubley.  …

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