The Exorcist III (1990)

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel Legion.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Carter deHaven.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Dana Lyman.  Film Editing by Peter Lee-Thompson, Todd C. Ramsay.  William Peter Blatty takes the franchise over as both…

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The Ninth Configuration (1980)

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1980.  Ninth Configuration.  Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by William Peter Blatty.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.  Production Design by Bill Malley.  Costume Design by Tom Bronson.  Film Editing by Battle Davis, Tony de Zarraga, Peter Lee-Thompson, Roberto Silvi.  Golden Globe Awards…

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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 Steinkamp.   Penultimate…

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Secret Ceremony

BBB (out of 5) While visiting the grave of the daughter she lost as a child, Elizabeth Taylor discovers she’s being followed by a morose young woman (Mia Farrow) who takes advantage of her grief and drags her to her empty palace of a London home. Taylor’s resemblance to Farrow’s deceased mother easily allows her to…

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The Go-Between

BBBB (out of 5) The aristocratic gentry play host at their sprawling estate to Leo, a young boy who goes to school with the family’s youngest son and immediately becomes the pet of his friend’s older sister (Julie Christie).  Leo is enamored of the gorgeous young woman, and thinks nothing of it when she begins…

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Victory (Escape To Victory) (1981)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1981.  Lorimar Film Entertainment, Victory Company, New Gold Entertainment.  Story by Yabo Yablonsky, Djordje Milicevic, Jeff Maguire, Screenplay by Evan Jones, Yabo Yablonsky.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Freddie Fields.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Tom Bronson.  Film Editing by Roberto Silvi.   A year after this film’s release,…

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Wise Blood (1979)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Anthea Film, Ithaca.  Screenplay by Benedict Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald, based on the novel by Flannery O’Connor.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Kathy Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Sally Fitzgerald.  Costume Design by Sally Fitzgerald.  Film Editing by Roberto Silvi.   Brad Dourif is marvelous as an ambitious but not exactly sophisticated young man…

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Highlander

BB (out of 5) Here’s a story idea that will rivet every ten year-old boy in the audience to their very seats: a select group of tall, brooding men have been chosen without rhyme or reason to be immortal, and for an even more obscure reason will be whittled down to just one at an…

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Running On Empty

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most emotionally heartfelt films of the decade, this excellent drama never succumbs to manipulation to rope you in. Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti play a married couple who have been on the run for over a decade after a politically-motivated factory bombing resulted in the loss of innocent lives. Raising…

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The Romantic Englishwoman

BBBB (out of 5) Splendid adaptation of the novel by Thomas Wiseman, with a polished script co-written by Wiseman and Tom Stoppard. Glenda Jackson is a marvel as a married woman who takes a personal vacation in Baden Baden and there meets a handsome gigolo/drug runner (Helmut Berger). When she returns to her uptight writer husband…

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