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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Sextette

BB (out of 5) Always the one to make a lasting impression, Mae West made one final film as writer and star before her death two years later. In her usual tongue in cheek style, she plays the boy-crazy centre of attention who has just married luscious young Timothy Dalton and can’t wait to get him into…

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Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment

B (out of 5) More stupidity, care of the most inept police officers in the world. Now that they’ve graduated from the Academy, the bumbling fools from the original Police Academy have been recruited to Los Angeles to clean up the town with the highest crime rate around. Targeting a gang of graffiti-artist criminals, the…

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Thank God It’s Friday

BB.5 (out of 5) The fifteen minutes of disco craze in the late seventies are caught at the peak of their popularity in this hilariously cheesy dance film. It takes place over the period of one night at the club Zoo, where teenagers, conservative adults, wild party animals and a smooth cat of a club…

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The China Syndrome

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the best political films ever made, with a message that rings out clear and true even now. Jane Fonda plays a reporter who does birthday announcements and zoo reports for her employing news station, then has her career go into complete reversal when she is sent on a routine assignment…

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The Karate Kid Part II

BB.5 (out of 5) Taking up exactly at the moment that the first film ended, this one has Mr. Miyagi even the score with the unreasonably tough Martin Kove before preparing for a long, wonderful summer with his star pupil (Ralph Macchio) living in his newly built guest house. All plans are thrown aside, however, when…

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The Karate Kid

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Eight years after Rocky brought him critical acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Director, John Avildsen returns to the underdog formula with equally enjoyable results. Ralph Macchio is wonderful as a Brooklyn kid whose mother transplants the two of them to California for work, rendering him alone in a school with…

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Rocky

BBBB (out of 5) Sylvester Stallone wrote and stars in this subtle drama that took audiences by storm in the seventies and inspired a string of unremarkable sequels. He plays a Philadelphia loan shark’s runner who once had dreams of being a great boxer but now only hits the ropes every once in a while to…

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