Hurricane (1979)

JAN TROELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA/Netherlands, 1979.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Famous Films.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the novel by James Norman Hall, Charles Nordhoff.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.  Dino De Laurentiis was so…

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Raise The Titanic (1980)

JERRY JAMESON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   United Kingdom/USA, 1980.  ITC Films.  Screenplay by Adam Kennedy, adaptation by Eric Hughes, based on the novel by Clive Cussler.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by William Frye.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by Robert F. Shugrue, J. Terry Williams. An adventure so dull,…

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A Thousand Clowns (1965)

FRED COE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1965.  Harrell.  Screenplay by Herb Gardner, based on his play.  Cinematography by Arthur J. Ornitz.  Produced by Fred Coe.  Music by Don Walker.  Production Design by George DeTitta Sr., Herbert F. Mulligan.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum.  Academy Awards 1965.  Golden Globe Awards 1965.  National Board of Review Awards 1965.   Jason Robards is raising…

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The Journey (1959)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1959.  Alby Pictures.  Screenplay by George Tabouri.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Anatole Litvak.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Isabella Schlichting, Werner Schlichting.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   A varied group of passengers are trying to catch a flight out of Budapest during the Hungarian Uprising…

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Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

DALTON TRUMBO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1971.  World Entertainment.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Jules Brenner.  Produced by Bruce Campbell.  Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Harold Michelson.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Millie Moore.  Cannes Film Festival 1971.   Dalton Trumbo, once the blacklisted author whose unabashed screenplay credit in Spartacus effectively…

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Isadora (1968)

KAREL REISZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/France, 1968.  Hakim, Paris Film, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Melvyn Bragg, Clive Exton, additional dialogue by Margaret Drabble, based on the books Isadora Duncan An Intimate Portrait by Sewell Stokes, and My Life by Isadora Duncan.  Cinematography by Larry Pizer.  Produced by Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by…

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A Thousand Acres (1997)

JOCELYN MOORHOUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  Touchstone Pictures, Propaganda Films, Via Rosa Productions, Prairie Films, Beacon Pictures.  Screenplay by Laura Jones, based on the novel by Jane Smiley. Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Marc Abraham, Lynn Arost, Steve Golin, Kate Guinzburg, Sigurjon Sighvatsson.  Music by Richard Hartley.  Production Design by Dan Davis.  Costume Design by Ruth…

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The Good Mother (1988)

LEONARD NIMOY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1988.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV.   Screenplay by Michael Bortman, based on the novel by Sue Miller.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Arne Glimcher.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Stan Jolley.  Costume Design by Susan Becker.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger.   A strong performance by Diane Keaton just can’t…

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Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)

SERGIO LEONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Original story:  C’Era Una Volta Il West Italy/USA, 1968.  Rafran Cinematografica, Finanzia San Marco, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergio Leone, Screenplay by Sergio Leone, Sergio Donati, English dialogue by Mickey Knox.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Fulvio Morsella.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Carlo Simi.  Costume Design by…

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Enemy Of The State

BBB (out of 5) Tony Scott once again overdoes it with the flashy editing and melodramatic camera work in this rather hollow thriller, making his best effort to disguise a simple plot and shallow characters with high style and doing a very poor job of it. What there is to enjoy is actually not too…

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Crimson Tide

BBBB.5 (out of 5) What a ride! Submarines haven’t been this much fun since The Hunt For Red October, and if the fact that this film’s advertising campaign (red poster and everything) is completely ripped off from that Sean Connery vehicle is stopping you from renting this high-octane thriller, don’t let it! Gene Hackman and Denzel…

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The Paper (1994)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Koepp, Stephen Koepp.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Brian Grazer, Frederick Zollo.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Todd Hallowell.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.  Academy Awards 1994. Michael Keaton is excellent as a tabloid reporter whose one twenty-four hour…

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