A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1963.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Sy Bartlett, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Sy Bartlett.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.  Academy Awards 1963.   You know a movie isn’t going to be very exciting when it spends most…

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Islands In The Stream (1977)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1977. Paramount Pictures, Zeeuwse Maatschappij N.V..  Screenplay by Denne Part Petitclerc, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Peter Bart, Max Palevsky.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by William J. Creber.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.  Academy Awards 1977. Ernest Hemingway’s posthumously published final novel is the basis…

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Lionheart (1987)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Hungary/USA, 1987.  Hungaro, Mafilm, TaliaFilm II Productions.  Story by Menno Meyjes, Screenplay by Menno Meyjes, Richard Outten.  Cinematography by Alec Mills.  Produced by Stanley O’Toole, Talia Shire.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Gil Parrondo.  Costume Design by Nanà Cecchi.  Film Editing by David Bretherton, Richard Haines. One of the least well known of the many medievalish-themed films…

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Capricorn One (1977)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1977.  Associated General Films, ITC Films.  Screenplay by Peter Hyams.  Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by Paul N. Lazarus III.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by James Mitchell.   A rocket ship launches in full view of an excited audience, its mission after sixteen years…

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Patton

BBBB (out of 5) George C. Scott soars in this fascinating biopic of General George S. Patton.  He makes a name for himself after a successful 1942 campaign against Rommel in North Africa that turns America’s fortunes around, then plays ego games with the British in his subsequent campaign in Sicily.  The general’s eccentric personality, which…

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Hoosiers

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Gene Hackman plays a basketball coach with a dubious past who shows up in the tiny Indiana town of Hickory to coach a team whose school has less than a hundred students.  He gets a bit of attitude from his players at first, but that’s nothing compared with the resistance he gets…

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Supergirl

BB.5 (out of 5) America’s favourite superhero actually comes from an entire race of superior beings, his one cousin a delightful young lady who comes to Earth when the power source for her planet, a tiny orb that spins in the palm of your hand, escapes her home and travels through the galaxy and lands in…

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Love Field

BBBB (out of 5) Sweet, heartfelt road movie that showcases Michelle Pfeiffer at her best and the screenwriting debut of writer Don Roos. Pfeiffer plays a Jackie Kennedy-obsessed Dallas housewife whose life seems to finally have a meaning when in November 1963, America’s royal couple announce a visit to her fair city. After missing her chance…

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First Knight

BB (out of 5) Just in case anyone thought that Lerner and Loewe’s musical was the most boring version of the Camelot legend, here’s director Jerry Zucker to provide film audiences with an all-time low. Stripping the story of its more fairy-tale magical elements (wizards and witches, magical spells), the story instead concentrates solely on…

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

BB.5 (out of 5) Fans of the original television series (that was shamefully aborted in 1969) were thrilled to find out that a resurrection was occurring on the big screen when this film originally came out in 1979. Sadly, they would have to wait a few more years before a really good Star Trek movie…

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The Sand Pebbles

BBB (out of 5) Robert Wise followed his mammothly successful The Sound Of Music with this giant war epic.  Steve McQueen plays an engineer who boards a gunboat in 1920s China, rife with anger and resentment between Chinese and white sailors aboard. China itself is being torn apart by revolution, and the members of this boat…

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Escape From The Planet Of The Apes

BBB.5 (out of 5) High-level entry in the film series, much better than the previous Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, and almost as fun as the original. In this exciting adventure, Cornelius (Roddy McDowall), Zira (Kim Hunter) and Dr. Milo (Sal Mineo) escape their world in a rocket ship to avoid a war, mysteriously…

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