A Civil Action (1998)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Jonathan Harr.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Rachel Pfeffer, Robert Redford, Scott Rudin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman.   True story of…

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City Of Angels (1998)

BRAD SILBERLING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Germany/USA, 1998.  Atlas Entertainment, Monarchy Enterprises B.V., Regency Enterprises, Taurus Film, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Dana Stevens, based on the screenplay Der Himmel Uber Berlin by Wim Wenders, Peter Handke, Richard Reitinger.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Dawn Steel, Charles Roven.  Music by Gabriel Yared.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by…

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Patch Adams (1998)

TOM SHADYAC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Universal Pictures, Blue Wolf Productions, Farrell/Minoff, Bungalow 78 Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Oedekerk, based on the book Gesundheit: Good Health Is A Laughing Matter by Patch Adams, Maureen Mylander.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Mike Farrell, Barry Kemp, Marvin Minoff, Charles Newirth.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Linda DeScenna.  Costume Design by Judy…

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Affliction (1997)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1997.  JVC Entertainment Networks, Kingsgate Films, Largo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Russell Banks.  Cinematography by Paul Sarossy.  Produced by Linda Reisman.  Music by Michael Brook.  Production Design by Anne Pritchard.  Costume Design by Francois Laplante.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.   Relentlessly depressing drama based on the novel…

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The Opposite Of Sex (1998)

DON ROOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Rysher Entertainment.  Screenplay by Don Roos.  Cinematography by Hubert Taczanowski.  Produced by Michael Besman, David Paul Kirkpatrick.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Michael Paul Clausen. Costume Design by Peter Mitchell.  Film Editing by David Codron.   Don Roos’ excellent directorial debut, a healthy mix of searing comedy, strong drama and even some…

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A Simple Plan (1998)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/France/USA/Japan, 1998. British Broadcasting Corporation, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures, Savoy Pictures, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho Company, Towa Video, Union Générale Cinématographique.  Screenplay by Scott B. Smith, based on the novel. Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by James Jacks, Adam Schroeder.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Patrizia von…

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The Horse Whisperer (1998)

ROBERT REDFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by Eric Roth, Richard LaGravenese, based on the novel by Nick Evans.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Patrick Markey, Robert Redford.  Music by Thomas Newman, Gwil Owen.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judy L. Ruskin.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin, Freeman A….

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Little Voice (1998)

MARK HERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1998.  Miramax, Scala Productions.  Screenplay by Mark Herman, based on the play by Jim Cartwright.  Cinematography by Andy Collins.  Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen.  Music by John Altman.  Production Design by Don Taylor.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by Michael Ellis.  Cute musical film about a super-talented mimic (Jane Horrocks, in a role that was…

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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1998.  DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Mutual Film Company.  Screenplay by Robert Rodat.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Thomas E. Sanders.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.   The first half hour of Steven Spielberg’s…

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Hilary And Jackie (1998)

ANAND TUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1998.  Arts Council of England, British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Intermedia Films, The Oxford Film Company.  Screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce, based on the book A Genius In The Family by Hilary du Pre, Piers du Pre.  Cinematography by David Johnson.  Produced by Nicolas Kent, Andy Paterson.  Music by…

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Tango (1998)

CARLOS SAURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Spain/Argentina, 1998.  Adela Pictures, Alma Ata International Pictures S.L., Argentina Sono Film S.A.C.I., Astrolabio Producciones S.L., Beco Films, Hollywood Partners, Pandora Cinema, Saura Films, Terraplen Producciones.  Screenplay by Carlos Saura.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Luis A. Scalella, Carlos Mentasti, Juan Carlos Codazzi.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Marianna Sourrouille.  Costume Design…

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Wilde (1997)

BRIAN GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/Japan, 1997.  Samuelson Productions, Dove International, NDF International, Pony Canyon, Pandora Films, Capitol Films, BBC Films, The Greenlight Fund.  Screenplay by Julian Mitchell, based on the book by Richard Ellmann.  Cinematography by Martin Fuhrer.  Produced by Marc Samuelson, Peter Samuelson.  Music by Debbie Wiseman.  Production Design by Maria Djurkovic.  Costume Design by Nic Ede.  Film Editing…

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