Tag Archive: Gene Hackman

I Never Sang For My Father

BBB.5 (out of 5) Gene Hackman plays a New York teacher and writer who has never quite squared off his feelings for his tough, proud father (Melvyn Douglas) but is now forced to deal… Continue reading

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Hoosiers

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Gene Hackman plays a basketball coach with a dubious past who shows up in the tiny Indiana town of Hickory to coach a team whose school has less than a… Continue reading

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The Mexican

BBB (out of 5) Odd but often entertaining comedy that features humorous performances from its stars, though they hardly share any screen time together. After a very shaky start of watching odd couple… Continue reading

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Get Shorty

BBBBB (out of 5) Flawless adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel about a shylock gangster (John Travolta at his coolest) who travels to Los Angeles to collect on an overdue payment and ends up… Continue reading

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Scarecrow

BBBB (out of 5) Two top-notch performances are the biggest draw to this odd but satisfying drama. Gene Hackman has just been released from prison and is planning to go to Pittsburgh and open… Continue reading

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The Quick And The Dead

BB.5 (out of 5) Sharon Stone has a great time parading around this western as a stranger who walks into a dusty old town in the Wild Wild West in search of vengeance. Her… Continue reading

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Heartbreakers

BB.5 (out of 5) Disappointing comedy that should have been better considering the talent involved. Sigourney Weaver is eye-popping as a con artist who, between jobs taking men for all they’re worth, has a… Continue reading

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Behind Enemy Lines

BBB.5 (out of 5) Taut, exciting thriller about a gung-ho Air Force soldier (Owen Wilson) who gets shot down over restricted territory during a ceasefire in early 90s Bosnia. Commander Gene Hackman wants to… Continue reading

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Narrow Margin

BBB (out of 5) Remake of the 1952 Richard Fleischer thriller has Peter Hyams still setting the main action on a cross-country train. Gene Hackman is an FBI operative sent to a woman (Anne… Continue reading

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Enemy Of The State

BBB (out of 5) Tony Scott once again overdoes it with the flashy editing and melodramatic camera work in this rather hollow thriller, making his best effort to disguise a simple plot and… Continue reading

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Crimson Tide

BBBB.5 (out of 5) What a ride! Submarines haven’t been this much fun since The Hunt For Red October, and if the fact that this film’s advertising campaign (red poster and everything) is… Continue reading

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Hawaii

BBB (out of 5) This adaptation of one part of James Michener’s mammoth novel(s) is interesting from time to time but, for the most part, is a bore. Max von Sydow plays a fundamentalist… Continue reading

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Mississippi Burning

BBBB (out of 5) Alan Parker’s drama gets few points for truth, as most of his fact-based films generally do, but he gets high marks for telling an emotionally involving story. Gene Hackman… Continue reading

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Bonnie And Clyde

BBBBB (out of 5) Arthur Penn’s electrifying account of the famous criminal couple is still a ripping good film, and after years of endless gunfire in films it is quite amazing how shocking… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Superman IV: The Quest For Peace

BB.5 (out of 5) Christopher Reeve’s hero franchise definitely found its finale when this under-baked adventure was released. Despite an earnest plot line devoted to dealing with current world issues (nuclear disarmament and… Continue reading

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The French Connection

BBBBB (out of 5) Superb example of a top-notch police thriller, one of the most exciting movies of the seventies. Gene Hackman is brilliant as ‘Popeye’ Doyle, a hard-edged New York City cop… Continue reading

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The Gypsy Moths

BBB (out of 5) Three skydivers tour the country mesmerizing small-town folks with their impressive and sometimes dangerous stunts. When they reach the town where one of their party (Stuart Wilson) was born,… Continue reading

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Runaway Jury

BBB (out of 5) Some enjoyment can definitely be had from this slick adaptation of John Grisham’s novel, another in a long line of film versions of the author’s best-selling thrillers. Never one… Continue reading

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Wyatt Earp

BB.5 (out of 5) Bloated epic on the life of the man who cleaned up Tombstone, Arizona. Kevin Costner gives a bland performance that barely carries the three hour running time as Wyatt Earp,… Continue reading

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Superman II

BBBB (out of 5) Superfun sequel to the 1978 original, with better character development and a zippier pace. Now that Lex Luthor is safely locked away in prison, the world can rest easy… Continue reading

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Superman

BBB.5 (out of 5) Despite an extended opening setup, this is an exciting and inventive film version of the classic comic book superhero. Christopher Reeve is perfectly cast as the man of steel,… Continue reading

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No Way Out

BBB (out of 5) Gene Hackman plays a high-ranking Washington politician who covers up the accidental murder of his mistress (Sean Young) by spreading a story around that it was committed by a… Continue reading

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The Replacements

BB (out of 5) Fairly funny film that clunks along from scene to scene, never building up any comedic momentum but nonetheless manages to be humorous sometimes. Mostly the film is weighed down… Continue reading

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Antz

BBB.5 (out of 5) The sophisticated wit in this computer-animated comedy might go over most little tots’ heads.  Adults, however, will enjoy seeing an ant with a serial number instead of a name… Continue reading

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The Birdcage

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hysterical adaptation of the popular French comedy classic La Cage Aux Folles isn’t as well written as the original, but is still provides plenty of good laughs.  Robin Williams and Nathan… Continue reading

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Postcards From The Edge

BBBBB (out of 5) Carrie Fisher published her novel of the same name to widespread acclaim, so it was only a matter of time before her thinly disguised autobiography would hit the movie… Continue reading

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The Conversation

BBBBB (out of 5) This excellent mystery is one of the first films that comes to mind when you think of the glory days of seventies filmmaking, made by Francis Ford Coppola the… Continue reading

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The Chamber

BBB (out of 5) Routine John Grisham thriller features a weak lead performance by Chris O’Donnell. He plays a green lawyer who goes home to a small southern town to defend his Klansman… Continue reading

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Absolute Power

BBBB (out of 5) Solid thriller features director Clint Eastwood at the top of his form, a great follow-up to his equally excellent The Bridges of Madison County. He plays a veteran, semi-retired burglar who… Continue reading

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Unforgiven

BBBB (out of 5) A brothel in a tiny Wyoming frontier town becomes a den of revenge after a client viciously attacks a woman by cutting up her face.  The sheriff of Big… Continue reading

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Young Frankenstein

BBBBB (out of 5) This exceptional comedy is the best film that Mel Brooks has ever made (how many spoofs do you know that have received Academy Award nominations for writing?) It’s a… Continue reading

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Twilight (1998)

BBB (out of 5) Passable detective thriller in the Sam Spade vein stars Paul Newman as a disgruntled private eye investigating a teen’s disappearance and involvement in a crime. An all-star cast of Susan… Continue reading

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The Royal Tenenbaums

BBBBB (out of 5) The creators of Rushmore have returned with an even better comedy, one that centres around a troubled family who have hit rock bottom and need help to be pushed… Continue reading

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Reds

BBBBB (out of 5) Warren Beatty‘s best film as director is this thrilling epic based on the true story of John Reed. Reed was a politically active journalist whose fascination with the rise… Continue reading

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A Bridge Too Far

BB.5 (out of 5) For a three-hour war film, it has to be pointed out that this film is surprisingly zippy and has very few points where it sags. It details the disastrous… Continue reading

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Extreme Measures

BBB (out of 5) This unusual thriller starts off murky and interesting but ends up boiling down to the usual typical Hollywood conclusion, complete with countless red herrings and a doubt-free ending. Hugh… Continue reading

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Class Action

BBB.5 (out of 5) Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio disappoints her lawyer father (Gene Hackman) when she abandons the ground-level justice-fighting private practice that he has been doing for years and joins a big-shot firm full… Continue reading

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Another Woman

BBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen returns to the Bergmanesque style that served him so well in Interiors (but did not in September). A female version of Wild Strawberries, it stars a brilliant Gena… Continue reading

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The Poseidon Adventure

BB.5 (out of 5) Dated but sometimes fun adventure that inspired nearly a decade of ensemble disaster films, going from adorably cheesy to embarrassing by the time they finally went screaming out of… Continue reading

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