Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

DICK RICHARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1975. EK, ITC Films. Screenplay by David Zelag Goodman, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, George Pappas. Music by David Shire. Production Design by Dean Tavoularis. Costume Design by Sandy Berke Jordan, G. Tony Scarano. Film…

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Sounder (1972)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1972.  Radnitz/Mattel Productions, Rainbow Group.  Screenplay by Lonne Elder III, based on the novel by William H. Armstrong.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Robert B. Radnitz.  Music by Taj Mahal.  Production Design by Walter Scott Herndon.  Costume Design by Nedra Rosemond-Watt.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.   A poor family of sharecroppers in early 1930s…

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Jacqueline Susann’s Once Is Not Enough (1975)

GUY GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1975.  Aries Productions, Paramount Pictures, Sujac Productions.  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, based on the novel by Jacqueline Susann.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Howard W. Koch.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Rita Roland.   The third adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s books,…

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Navy Seals (1990)

LEWIS TEAGUE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1990.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Chuck Pfarrar, Gary Goldman.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Brenda Feigen, Bernard Williams.  Music by Sylvester Levay.  Production Design by Guy J. Comtois, Veronica Hadfield.  Costume Design by Brad R. Loman.  Film Editing by Don Zimmerman.   A group of highly trained lugs in the Navy’s SEALs division, the most…

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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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Housesitter (1992)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1992.  Imagine Entertainment, Imagine Films Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Story by Mark Stein, Brian Grazer, Screenplay by Mark Stein.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by John Jympson.   This film doesn’t deserve to be as funny…

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The Cheap Detective (1978)

ROBERT MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, EMI Films, Rastar Pictures.  Screenplay by Neil Simon. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Patrick Williams.   Production Design by Robert Luthardt.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin, Michael A. Stevenson.   Neil Simon wrote two hilarious spoofs of traditional murder…

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The Grass Harp (1995)

CHARLES MATTHAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1995.  Charles Matthau-Jerry Tokofsky-John Davis Productions, Fine Line Features, Grass Harp, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, Kirk Ellis, based on the novella by Truman Capote.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by James T. Davis, John Davis, Charles Matthau, Jerry Tokofsky.  Music by Patrick Williams.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design…

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Overboard (1987)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1987.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Star Partners, Hawn / Sylbert Movie Company.  Screenplay by Leslie Dixon.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Alexandra Rose, Anthea Sylbert.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Jim Dultz, James Shanahan.  Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman.  Film Editing by Sonny Baskin, Dov Hoenig.   One of Goldie Hawn‘s worst comedies…

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Cross Creek (1983)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1983.  Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Dalene Young, based on the book by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Robert B. Radnitz, Martin Ritt.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Walter Scott Herndon.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.   Gorgeous drama…

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Steel Magnolias (1989)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1989.  TriStar Pictures, Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Robert Harling, based on his play.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Gene Callahan, Edward Pisoni.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.   This beautifully heartfelt adaptation of Robert Harling’s play is full of memorable…

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Norma Rae (1979)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1979.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr..  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Tamara Asseyev, Alexandra Rose.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Walter Scott Herndon.  Costume Design by Agnes Lyon, Michael J. Harte.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.   Stultifying drama that is still just as powerful today as it…

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