King Kong (1976)

JOHN GUILLERMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1976.  Dino De Laurentiis Company.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the 1933 screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose, from an idea conceived by Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by John Barry.  Production … More King Kong (1976)

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Bugsy Malone (1976)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1976.  The Rank Organisation, Goodtimes Enterprises, Bugsy Malone Productions, National Film Finance Consortium.  Screenplay by Alan Parker.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou, Michael Seresin.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Music by Paul Williams.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.  Academy Awards 1976.  Cannes Film Festival 1976.  Golden Globe Awards 1976.   … More Bugsy Malone (1976)

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Family Plot (1976)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1976.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the novel The Rainbird Pattern by Victor Canning.  Cinematography by Leonard J. South.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by J. Terry Williams.  Golden Globe Awards 1976.   A wealthy dowager (Cathleen Nesbitt) enlists … More Family Plot (1976)

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The Ritz

BB.5 (out of 5) An old Italian patriarch dies and, on his deathbed, begs his son (Jerry Stiller) to kill his son-in-law (Jack Weston), which Stiller is only happy to do in order to keep the targeted man from inheriting the family’s profitable garbage business.  On the run in disguise and in need of a … More The Ritz

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Car Wash

BBB.5 (out of 5) Thoroughly enjoyable ensemble comedy that covers a day at work with the employees of an L.A. car wash in a loosely plotted, Altmanesque fashion. Celebrity cameos, including Richard Pryor, The Pointer Sisters, and George Carlin, are pluses, but what really draws you in is the catchy soundtrack (especially the memorable title … More Car Wash

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A Star Is Born (1976)

BB (out of 5) This film is so annoying it will actually make you itch. The fourth version of the popular rags-to-riches story, followed by the surprisingly less terrible Glitter with Mariah Carey, stars Barbra Streisand and her poodle perm as an aspiring singer (and her poodle perm) who befriend an established rock star (Kris … More A Star Is Born (1976)

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Marathon Man

BBBB (out of 5) John Schlesinger’s thriller about paranoia and fear is a great way to entertain yourself: at the same time gripping and yet also ridiculous, it’s a taut action thriller with a far-fetched plot that only makes it more enjoyable.  Dustin Hoffman plays an obsessive runner who is living in the shadow of his … More Marathon Man

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