Save The Tiger (1973)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1973.  Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973. Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt…

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Lionheart (1987)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Hungary/USA, 1987.  Hungaro, Mafilm, TaliaFilm II Productions.  Story by Menno Meyjes, Screenplay by Menno Meyjes, Richard Outten.  Cinematography by Alec Mills.  Produced by Stanley O’Toole, Talia Shire.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Gil Parrondo.  Costume Design by Nanà Cecchi.  Film Editing by David Bretherton, Richard Haines. One of the least well known of the many medievalish-themed films…

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Winter Kills

BB.5 (out of 5) Fictionalized expose of the JFK assassination would be more palatable if it were either more credible or, conversely, more self-aware of its ridiculous nature.  Jeff Bridges plays the Bobby-esque son of a Joe Kennedy stand-in (played with unapologetic zeal by a wonderful John Huston) who is told by a man dying on…

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The Sandpiper

B (out of 5) Bohemian artist Elizabeth Taylor (who despite the trappings is wonderful) has her idyllic life by the sea interrupted when her son, who she is trying to raise as a free-thinking nature boy, gets into serious trouble and is forced to attend a religious boarding school. The pastor who runs the place (Richard Burton,…

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Peyton Place

BBBB (out of 5) The bestselling novel about sex and scandal in small-town America reaches the big screen with surprisingly few compromises.  Lana Turner plays a single mother trying to raise her daughter (Diane Varsi) in a perfect, white picket-fence environment but with great difficulty. Imagine her surprise when she interrupts a teenage after-school party where…

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Clue

BB.5 (out of 5) Flat comedy-mystery that takes its inspiration from the popular Parker Brothers board game. A disparate group of individuals are gathered into the home of a millionaire who is then murdered and one of them is responsible. Narrowing down the suspects should be a lot more fun, but the screenplay is unimaginative…

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The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

BBB (out of 5) Yee-haw! When it comes to Southern Hospitality, nothing beats Miss Mona’s cathouse for all gentlemanly needs. Her girls are polite, clean, fun and, when given a bunch of fancy-dancing football players, able to pull off a good hoofing number. While beset by production problems that show on the finished project, including…

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Silver Streak

BBB.5 (out of 5) Gene Wilder is an airplane-phobic book editor who boards a train that will take him from Chicago to Los Angeles in what he hopes will be a pleasure trip. His hopes are heightened further when he meets a beautiful woman (Jill Clayburgh, who is criminally underused) and the two spark an attraction…

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The Diary Of Anne Frank

BBBB (out of 5) Countless versions of this story, including Broadway revivals, television movies and even an Oscar-winning documentary have been made since this was filmed in 1959. Based on the titular character’s true-life diaries (adapted to the stage before being brought to the screen), it tells of two Jewish families living in Amsterdam, hidden…

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On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

BB.5 (out of 5) University student Barbra Streisand checks into psychiatrist Yves Montand‘s office for an appointment: her fiance has a problem with her smoking, and having heard of Montand’s hypnosis therapy she is hoping he can cure her of the nasty habit. While interviewing her, Montand learns that Streisand has the ability to make…

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Cabaret

BBBBB (out of 5) In here, ladies and gentlemen, life is beautiful, because life is a cabaret! This sensational musical hasn’t lost a single bit of its energy, rhythm or style in the thirty years since it was released.  Liza Minnelli is a phenomenon as a sexy American singer in a Berlin nightclub in 1931, just…

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Let’s Make Love

BB.5 (out of 5) The last musical Marilyn Monroe ever appeared in was this so-so romantic vehicle co-starring Yves Montand.  He plays a wealthy corporation owner and notorious bachelor who learns that a local theatre company is lampooning him in their latest musical production. He decides to investigate and possibly sue, and ends up auditioning for the…

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