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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The Great Race

BB (out of 5) Blake Edwards hits the big time with this bloated epic comedy, in which he combines his madcap style with an international setting, top-flight cast and all the set pieces that money can buy. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis play rival daredevils who are in a constant war of one-upmanship that sees them sabotaging…

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Cool Hand Luke

BBBBB (out of 5) Paul Newman plays the title character, a man so named because of his peaceful countenance among the prisoners on a California chain gang. A former war hero, Luke was picked up by police for getting drunk and destroying a row of parking meters, put into prison and forced into the degrading…

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Mass Appeal

BBB.5 (out of 5) Superb performances are the best thing about this intelligent and sensitive drama. After two male seminary students are expelled from their school for being lovers, another student (Zeljko Ivanek) calls the Catholic church’s stance on sexual relationships into question and has heated debates about it with a sympathetic priest (Jack Lemmon)….

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Days Of Wine And Roses

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent examination of alcoholism is still cutting edge drama after so many years. Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick are both top-notch as a married couple who become far too dependent on booze as a way to alleviate their worries and frustrations. After they both sink to the very bottom of their addiction, Lemmon…

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