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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The Four Seasons

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Three couples get together for vacations four times, one in each season, and we watch as their relationships with each other as well as within their own family units develop over time. Their springtime retreat to a cabin sees Len Cariou confide in Alan Alda (who also wrote and directed) that his…

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Magnum Force

BBBB (out of 5) The popularity of Dirty Harry meant we needed more of the tough, gruff and unpopular detective, and rightly so.  Clint Eastwood is still an indomitable screen presence as the cop who can’t be bothered to make himself appealing to those who doubt his methods, particularly when it turns out that there…

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Fantastic continuation of the equally enjoyable predecessor, this time with an environmentally-minded message at its centre. On their way home from saving Spock, the crew of the Starship Enterprise (still aboard the Klingon vessel that they acquired in Part III) intercept a distress call that they can’t understand, directed at earth from…

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Cocoon

BBBB (out of 5) Lovely science-fiction story that also works as a charming family film, providing great roles for some of Hollywood’s veteran actors, including Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon and Don Ameche.  A group of seniors have no idea why the dips they take in the pool next to their old-age home give them such renewed…

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Splash

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Ron Howard’s best movies and a wonderful opportunity to see Daryl Hannah at her most charming. She plays a mermaid who wanders out of the sea and straight into the life of New York City businessman Tom Hanks.  At first not knowing the language, she learns English from television and…

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Far And Away

BB (out of 5) Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman made three movies together during their marriage, all of them proof that they shouldn’t make movies together. Cruise stars as a plucky young Irish lad who goes to the estate of a wealthy landowner to protest the enormous rents that are crippling his ailing father. In…

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The Running Man

BBB (out of 5) Enjoyable sci-fi action flick has Arnold Schwarzenegger doing what he does best, flexing his muscles. He plays a wrongly convicted police officer who is sentenced to prison after he disobeys his commanding officer’s orders to open fire on a group of innocent, hungry protesters. This results in him being placed on…

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Alien Nation

BBB (out of 5) In a futuristic world where alien lifeforms have landed on earth and live as an ethnic minority among the general population, a jaded old cop (James Caan) is about to learn a lesson in tolerance. A member of the race now known as “Newcomers” (Mandy Patinkin) is assigned as his partner,…

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