The Chase (1966)

ARTHUR PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1966. Horizon Pictures. Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, based on the novel and play by Horton Foote. Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle. Produced by Sam Spiegel. Music by John Barry. Production Design by Richard Day. Costume Design by Donfeld. Film Editing by Gene Milford. A small, tightknit town…

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My Chauffeur (1986)

DAVID BEAIRD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1986.  Crown International Pictures, Marimark Productions.  Screenplay by David Beaird.  Cinematography by Harry Mathias.  Produced by Marilyn Jacobs Tenser.  Music by Paul Hertzog.  Production Design by C.J. Strawn.  Costume Design by Camile Morris.  Film Editing by Richard E. Westover.  A restaurant dishwasher gets a fancy letter…

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The Silver Chalice (1954)

VICTOR SAVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Victor Saville Productions. Screenplay by Lesser Samuels, based on the novel by Thomas B. Costain. Cinematography by William V. Skall. Produced by Victor Saville. Music by Franz Waxman. Production Design by Rolf Gerard. Costume Design by Marjorie Best, Rolf Gerard. Film Editing by George White….

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Cash McCall (1960)

JOSEPH PEVNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, Marion Hargrove, based on the novel by Cameron Hawley.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson. When an aging businessman decides to sell…

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The Journey (1959)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1959.  Alby Pictures.  Screenplay by George Tabouri.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Anatole Litvak.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Isabella Schlichting, Werner Schlichting.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   A varied group of passengers are trying to catch a flight out of Budapest during the Hungarian Uprising…

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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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Nixon (1995)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1995.  Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures, Illusion Entertainment.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Oliver Stone, Clayton Townsend, Andrew G. Vajna.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan, Hank Corwin.   Oliver Stone, who previously…

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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

RICHARD FLEISCHER, KINJI FUKUSAKU, TOSHIO MASUDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Japan, 1970.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Elmo Williams, Richard Fleischer, Toei Company.  Screenplay by Larry Forester, Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima, based on the novel Tora! Tora! Tora! by Gordon W. Prange and the novel The Broken Seal by Ladislas Farago.  Cinematography by Charles F. Wheeler, Masamichi Satoh, Shinsaku…

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12 Angry Men (1957)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1957.  Orion-Nova Productions.  Screenplay by Reginald Rose.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Henry Fonda, Reginald Rose.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Film Editing by Carl Lerner.   Scintillating drama that takes place in one confined room, where twelve jurors are locked up in seclusion to decide the fate of a young inner-city defendant in…

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Superman II (1980)

RICHARD DONNER, RICHARD LESTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1980.  Dovemead Films, Film Export A.G., International Film Production.  Story by Mario Puzo, Screenplay by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, based on the character created by Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel.  Cinematography by Robert Paynter, Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Pierre Spengler.  Music by Ken Thorne.  Production Design by John Barry,…

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Broken Lance (1954)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1954.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Philip Yordan, Screenplay by Richard Murphy.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Maurice Ransford, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   Excellent western by Edward Dmytryk and featuring a terrific performance by Spencer…

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The Caine Mutiny (1954)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Stanley Roberts, additional dialogue by Michael Blankfort, based on the novel by Herman Wouk.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Henry Batista, William A. Lyon.   It’s World War II, and…

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