Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

OSSIE DAVIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1970. Formosa Productions. Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Ossie Davis, based on the novel by Chester Himes. Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr.. Music by Galt MacDermot. Production Design by Emanuel Gerard. Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone. Film Editing by Robert Q. Lovett….

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A Rage In Harlem (1991)

BILL DUKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1991.  Palace Pictures, Miramax.  Screenplay by John Toles-Bey, Bobby Crawford, based on the novel by Chester Himes.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by Kerry Rock, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Elmer Bernstein, Jeff Vincent.  Production Design by Steven Legler.  Costume Design by Nele Samples.  Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton.   A magnificent shoot-out in mid-fifties Mississippi ends with…

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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

ROBERT TOWNSEND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1987.  Conquering Unicorn.  Screenplay by Dom Irrera, Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Robert Townsend.  Music by Udi Harpaz, Patrice Rushen.  Production Design by Melba Katzman Farquhar.  Costume Design by Andre Allen.  Film Editing by W.O. Garrett.   Robert Townsend does a fantastic job of taking Hollywood to task for…

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Where’s Poppa? (1970)

CARL REINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1970.  The Where’s Poppa Company.  Screenplay by Robert Klane, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Jack Priestley.  Produced by Jerry Tokofsky, Marvin Worth.  Music by Jack Elliott.  Production Design by Warren Clymer.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Anthony Ciccolini, Bud Molin.   George Segal made a promise to his dying father that…

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Mona Lisa (1986)

NEIL JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1986.  HandMade Films, Palace Production.  Screenplay by Neil Jordan, David Leland.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Patrick Cassavetti, Stephen Woolley.   Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Jamie Leonard.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.   Bob Hoskins is released from prison and goes back to work for his…

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Kiss The Girls (1997)

GARY FLEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1997.  Paramount Pictures, Rysher Entertainment. Screenplay by David Klass, based on the novel by James Patterson.  Cinematography by Aaron Schneider.  Produced by David Brown, Joe Wizan.  Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Abigail Murray.  Film Editing by Armen Minasian, William Steinkamp, Harvey Rosenstock.   Routine thriller has Ashley Judd escape the…

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Doc Hollywood (1991)

MICHAEL CATON-JONES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Daniel Pyne, adaptation by Laurian Leggett, based on the book What?…Dead Again? by Neil B. Shulman.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Deborah D. Johnson, Susan Solt.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Lawrence Miller.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Priscilla…

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Bulworth (1998)

WARREN BEATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Warren Beatty, Screenplay by Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Warren Beatty, Pieter Jan Brugge.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones, Billy Weber.  Academy Awards 1998.  Golden Globe Awards 1998.  Venice Film Festival 1998.   Warren…

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