Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

IRVIN KERSHNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1978.  Columbia Pictures, Major Studio Partners.  Story by John Carpenter, Screenplay by John Carpenter, David Zelag Goodman.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.   Produced by Jon Peters.   Music by  Artie Kane.   Production Design by Gene Callahan.   Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.   Film Editing by Michael…

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The Last Tycoon (1976)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1976.  Academy Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  Academy Awards 1976.  National Board of Review Awards…

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America, America (1963)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1963.  Athena Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Elia Kazan.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.  Actors Index:  John Marley.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963.   After a decade of scintillating stage and literary adaptations,…

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The Candidate (1972)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1972.  Redford-Ritchie Productions, Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by Jeremy Larner.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Walter Coblenz.  Music by John Rubinstein.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Robert Estrin, Richard A. Harris.  Academy Awards 1972.  National Board of Review Awards 1972.   Terrific political satire that takes place…

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The Arrangement (1969)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1969.  Athena Productions.  Screenplay by Elia Kazan, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by David Amram.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Stefan Arnsten.   Kirk Douglas is a successful advertising executive with a giant house and a gorgeous wife…

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Hurry Sundown (1967)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1967.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Horton Foote, Thomas C. Ryan, based on the novel by Bert Gilden, Katya Gilden.  Cinematography by Loyal Griggs, Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Hugo Montenegro.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Estevez.  Film Editing by Tony de Zarraga, Louis R. Loeffler, James D. Wells.  Golden Globe…

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Chapter Two

ROBERT MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1979.  Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Vicki Sanchez.  Film Editing by Michael A. Stevenson.  Academy Awards 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1979.   Wonderful film based on a Neil Simon play is…

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Jagged Edge

BBB.5 (out of 5) While this film doesn’t offer a murder mystery much different from any popular paperback novel, the experience of going through the colour-by-numbers plot is fun.   Glenn Close is excellent as a criminal lawyer (in criminally tight miniskirts) who hasn’t handled a murder case in years when a desperate man (Jeff Bridges)…

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Children Of A Lesser God

BBBB (out of 5) William Hurt goes to work at a school for deaf children and befriends a young janitor (Marlee Matlin) who was once a pupil there. Getting to know her, he realizes she has been avoiding the outside world from fear, and through their friendship and eventual love affair, they give each other…

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Steel Magnolias (1989)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1989.  TriStar Pictures, Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Robert Harling, based on his play.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Gene Callahan, Edward Pisoni.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  Academy Awards 1989.  Golden Globe Awards 1989. This beautifully heartfelt adaptation of Robert…

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Julia (1977)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the story Pentimento by Lillian Hellman.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Richard Roth.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Gene Callahan, Carmen Dillon, Willy Holt.  Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Marcel Durham, Walter Murch.  Academy Awards 1977.  Golden Globe Awards 1977. …

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Funny Girl

BBBBB (out of 5) The life of Fanny Brice made its way to the big screen after first appearing as a hugely successful Broadway musical produced by her son-in-law Ray Stark. The play made a stage star of recording artist Barbra Streisand, and then the marvelous film version made a deserved movie star out of…

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