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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What’s The Matter With Helen?

BBB.5 (out of 5) Delightfully campy indulgence in horror stars Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters as two complete opposites united by their sons; it’s the 1930s and at the beginning of this film both men have been sent to prison for murdering a woman.  Threats start to come by phone and mail to their mothers until the ladies,…

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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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The Other Side Of The Mountain

BBB (out of 5) Based on the true story of Jill Kinmont, who suffered injuries that rendered her paralyzed from the neck down during a skiing accident while competing to qualify for the US Olympic team. Marilyn Hassett stars, quite appealingly, as the spunky young woman who could never be prevented from getting her own…

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Two-Minute Warning

BBB.5 (out of 5) Standard entry in the formula of disaster flicks that became popular after the success of movies like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, with a plot that could be described in ten words: lone gunman opens fire on packed stadium, causes noisy mayhem. While waiting for the five-minute climax that…

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Summer Lovers

B (out of 5) Peter Gallagher and Daryl Hannah take a vacation to sunny Greece and, while there, soak in the beauty of the islands. When Gallagher meets a gorgeous French woman (Valérie Quennessen) who is working on a nearby archaeological dig, he soaks her in too, which makes Hannah furious when she finds out. However, when…

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The Americanization Of Emily

BBBB (out of 5) A comedy about D-Day? In Paddy Chayefsky’s brilliant screenplay, there is room made in cinema history for the one soldier who doesn’t want to be a war hero, and by God, James Garner is that man! He is excellent, in one of his very best film performances, as an American in…

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Blow Out

BBBB (out of 5) John Travolta is excellent as a movie sound mixer who is randomly taping wild sound when he witnesses a car drive off a bridge and into the river. After saving the female passenger (Nancy Allen) from drowning, Travolta listens to the tape he made of the accident and believes wholeheartedly that he…

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Dressed To Kill

BBB.5 (out of 5) Of all the films that Brian DeHitchcock has made as tribute to the master of suspense, this one is the most enjoyable and also probably the scariest as well. Angie Dickinson plays a beautiful, icy blonde woman (a la Hitchcock) who relates her sexual fantasies to her psychiatrist (Michael Caine, a la…

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Topkapi

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Thrilling heist caper is right up there with Jules Dassin’s equally memorable Rififi, the setting a lot more colourful this time and the characters a hell of a lot loopier.  A group of jaded thieves decide to combine efforts and steal a precious, jewel-engraved knife from the Topkapi museum in Istanbul….

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