The Big Sleep (1978)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1978. Winkast Film Productions, ITC Entertainment. Screenplay by Michael Winner, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by Robert Paynter. Produced by Jerry Bick, Elliott Kastner, Michael Winner. Music by Jerry Fielding. Production Design by Harry Pottle. Costume Design by Ron Beck. Film Editing…

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The Nightcomers (1971)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1971.  Elliott Kastner-Jay Kanter-Alan Ladd Jnr Productions, Scimitar Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Hastings, based on characters created by Henry James.   Cinematography by Robert Paynter.   Produced by Michael Winner.   Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Herbert Westbrook.   Costume Design by Ray Beck.  Film Editing by…

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Demon Seed (1977)

DONALD CAMMELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.    USA, 1977.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Herb Jaffe.  Screenplay by Robert Jaffe, Roger O. Hirson, based on the novel by Dean R. Koontz.  Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by Herb Jaffe.  Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno.  Costume Design by Sandy Cole.  Film Editing by Frank…

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The Enforcer (1976)

JAMES FARGO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1976.  Warner Bros., The Malpaso Company.  Story by Gail Morgan Hickman, S.W. Schurr, Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, Dean Riesner, based on characters created by Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink.  Cinematography by Charles W. Short.  Produced by Robert Daley.  Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Allen E. Smith.  Costume Design by Glenn Wright.  Film…

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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.   Dalton Trumbo, once the blacklisted author whose unabashed screenplay credit in Spartacus effectively ended the reign…

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Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    USA, 1979.  Paramount Pictures, The Malpaso Company.  Screenplay by Richard Tuggle, based on the book by J. Campbell Bruce.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Don Siegel.  Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Allen E. Smith.  Costume Design by Glenn Wright.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster. Clint Eastwood plays a real-life escape artist whose breaks from…

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The Bad News Bears (1976)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1976.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Bill Lancaster.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Polly Platt.  Costume Design by Tom Dawson, Nancy Martinelli.  Film Editing by Richard A. Harris. The hilarious family comedy that provided the blueprint for many that would follow (including its…

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Advise & Consent (1962)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1962.  Otto Preminger Films, Alpha Alpina.  Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by Allen Drury.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger. Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Bill Blass.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Otto Preminger made waves when he originally…

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The Wild Bunch (1969)

SAM PECKINPAH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1969.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Story by Walon Green, Roy N. Sickner, Screenplay by Walon Green, Sam Peckinpah.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by Phil Feldman.  Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by James R. Silke.  Film Editing by Lou Lombardo.   Sam Peckinpah’s ultraviolent western melodrama became a guiding point for…

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Straw Dogs (1971)

SAM PECKINPAH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1971.  ABC Pictures, Talent Associates, Amerbroco.  Screenplay by David Zelag Goodman, Sam Peckinpah, based on the novel The Siege Of Trencher’s Farm by Gordon Williams.  Cinematography by John Coquillon.  Produced by Daniel Melnick.  Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Ray Simm.  Costume Design by Tiny Nicholls.  Film Editing by Paul Davies, Tony…

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