Once A Thief (1965)

RALPH NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France/USA, 1965.  Compagnie Internationale de Productions Cinématographiques.   Screenplay by Zekial Marko, based on his novel.   Cinematography by Robert Burks.   Produced by Jacques Bar.   Music by Lalo Schifrin.   Production Design by George W. Davis, Paul Groesse.   Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp.   Alain Delon is an ex-con living in…

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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    Alternate title:  Bound By Honor USA, 1993.  Hollywood Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1, Vato De Atole Productions.  Story by Ross Thomas, Screenplay by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jeremy Iacone, Floyd Mutrux.  Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain.  Produced by Jerry Gershwin, Taylor Hackford.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Bruno…

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Charly (1968)

RALPH NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 1968.  ABC Pictures, Robertson and Associates, Selmur Productions.  Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, based on the novel Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes.  Cinematography by Arthur J. Ornitz.  Produced by Ralph Nelson.  Music by Ravi Shankar.  Production Design by John DeCuir.   Costume Design by Hazel Roy.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp.  Academy Awards 1968.  Golden Globe…

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A New Leaf (1971)

ELAINE MAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1971.  Aries Productions, Elkins Entertainment, Elkins Productions International Corporation.  Screenplay by Elaine May, based on the story The Green Heart by Jack Ritchie.  Cinematography by Gayne Rescher.  Produced by Hillard Elkins, Howard W. Koch, Joseph Manduke.  Production Design by Warren Clymer, Richard Fried.  Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Don Guidice,…

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Fedora (1978)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   France/West Germany, 1978.  Bavaria Atelier, Lorimar, NF Geria Filmgesellshaft GmbH, Societe Francaise de Production.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on a story by Tom Tryon.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Charlotte Flemming.  Film Editing by Stefan Arnsten, Fredric…

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, based on the play by Richard Morris.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by Leo Arnaud, Alexander Courage, Calvin Jackson.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, George W. Davis.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp.  Academy Awards 1964.  Golden Globe Awards 1964.   The story of…

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White Nights

BBB (out of 5) Soviet defector and ballet superstar Mikhail Baryshnikov is flying over Siberia with his manager (the glorious Geraldine Page) when their airplane has to make a crash landing and he finds himself trapped in the country he once betrayed. There he meets tap dancer Gregory Hines, an American defector who is married to…

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Sabrina (1995)

BB (out of 5) Remaking Billy Wilder’s 1954 comedy classic starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart was a bad idea in the first place, but considering the cast you’d think it could still be better.  Julia Ormond aptly steps into Hepburn’s shoes as the plucky young lass who lives above the garage of her rich…

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The Firm

BBB (out of 5) The first film adaptation of a John Grisham novel is still the most financially successful.  Tom Cruise plays a green lawyer who is hired to work at an awe-inspiring law firm led by the powerful Gene Hackman. All seems to be perfect until he realizes that his superiors got up as far…

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Havana

BB.5 (out of 5) Modern reworking of Casablanca suffers from a complete lack of energy from both its director or its star. Robert Redford is a dud as an American in pre-Revolutionary Cuba who has a chance to escape Batista’s war but eventually throws it all away for a beautiful woman (Lena Olin). He helps save…

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They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

BBBB (out of 5) A roaring-twenties dance marathon represents a microcosm of society in this devastating melodrama, where a group of desperate people take to the dance floor in order to achieve their American dream. Jane Fonda, in the role that broke her through her sex-kitten image and established her as a serious actress, plays a…

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Tootsie

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the funniest comedies you’ll ever see, this one also features one of Dustin Hoffman‘s best performances. He’s a riot as a struggling actor who has trouble getting hired because of how difficult he is to work with. Desperately in need of cash to finance the play his roommate (Bill…

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