Save The Tiger (1973)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1973.  Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973. Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt…

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Avanti!

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5. Italy/USA, 1972.  Jalem Productions, The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions, Produzioni Europee Associate.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Samuel A. Taylor.  Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Production Design by Ferdinando Scarfiotti.  Costume Design by Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Golden Globe Awards 1972.   Jack Lemmon shows up in…

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Kotch

BBB.5 (out of 5) Walter Matthau enjoys his days in charge of his beloved grandson, but his son and daughter-in-law eventually feel he is being asked to do too much and hire the child a nanny (a marvelous Deborah Winters). This allows Matthau to make more of a nuisance of himself than usual, prompting the…

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Mister Roberts (1955)

MERVYN LeROY, JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1955.  Warner Bros., Orange.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Joshua Logan, based on the play by Thomas Heggen, Joshua Logan, from the novel by Thomas Heggen.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.  Academy…

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It Should Happen To You

BBB.5 (out of 5) Judy Holliday reunites with Born Yesterday writer Garson Kanin and director George Cukor for another look at an adorably daffy girl who experiences an awakening.  This time she’s a young woman living in New York City and feeling like her dreams to make a name for herself are going nowhere.  When she…

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The Fortune Cookie

BBBB (out of 5) This was the first time that Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were teamed up on screen, and from this point on a legendary cinematic pairing was born. Lemmon plays an unhappily married business man who is persuaded by his money-grubbing brother-in-law to play up a minor injury into a major lawsuit that they…

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Irma La Douce

BB.5 (out of 5) The idea here was to reunite the cast and director of The Apartment and create yet another successful masterpiece that would please both critics and audiences. The result was probably favourable to audiences at the time, but forty years down the road it doesn’t look nearly as good as their previous…

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One, Two, Three

BBB (out of 5) James Cagney gives a terrific comedic performance as an executive for Coca-Cola in West Berlin who gets nervous about his job when the American boss (Howard St. John) comes over for a visit. Things get pretty heated when the boss’s airheaded daughter falls in love and eventually elopes with a vehemently dedicated…

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Some Like It Hot

BBBB (out of 5) This hysterical comedy of gender-errors was recently ranked the greatest American comedy of the century by the American Film Institute. It’s a laughfest that begins when struggling musicians Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Prohibition-era Chicago and are spotted by the gangsters who did it. To hide…

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The Apartment

BBBBB (out of 5) Jack Lemmon excels as a low-level office worker who, on occasion, lends his bachelor apartment to philandering business superiors to use for trysts with their mistresses. Unbeknownst to him, one of them (Fred MacMurray) is going there with the elevator girl who has caught Lemmon’s eye (Shirley MacLaine in the best American female…

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The Odd Couple

BBB.5 (out of 5) Neil Simon’s most popular play is turned into a film that solidifies Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau‘s success as a comedy team, later spawning a popular television series. Lemmon plays a compulsively clean family man who breaks up with his wife and unsuccessfully attempts suicide. His poker buddy (Matthau), a slovenly fellow with…

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Grumpy Old Men

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s nice to see the odd couple back in action in front of the cameras. Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon are wonderful as two old buddies who bicker constantly but remain constant companions. Their camaraderie is threatened when a new beauty (a lovely Ann-Margret) moves into town, forcing them into a…

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