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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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 Island (1980)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.    USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures, Zanuck/Brown Productions.  Screenplay by Peter Benchley, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Ennio Morricone.   Production Design by Dale Hennesy.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Richard A. Harris. Being…

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My Chauffeur (1986)

DAVID BEAIRD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1986.  Crown International Pictures, Marimark Productions.  Screenplay by David Beaird.  Cinematography by Harry Mathias.  Produced by Marilyn Jacobs Tenser.  Music by Paul Hertzog.  Production Design by C.J. Strawn.  Costume Design by Camile Morris.  Film Editing by Richard E. Westover.  A restaurant dishwasher gets a fancy letter…

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For The Boys (1991)

MARK RYDELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  All Girl Productions.  Story by Neal Jimenez, Lindy Laub, Screenplay by Marshall Brickman, Neal Jimenez, Lindy Laub.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Bonnie Bruckheimer, Bette Midler, Margaret South.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Assheton Gorton.  Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg, Jere Huggins.   An unstoppable Bette Midler is…

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The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (1968)

ROBERT ELLIS MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1968.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Thomas C. Ryan, based on the novel by Carson McCullers.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Marc Merson, Thomas C. Ryan.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by LeRoy Deane.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by John F. Burnett.   Moving film adaptation of the novel by…

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All The President’s Men (1976)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1976.  Warner Bros., Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the book by Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Walter Coblenz.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Robert L. Wolfe.   Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are perfectly cast as…

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Mr. Mom (1983)

STAN DRAGOTI Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1983.  Aaron Spelling Productions, Sherwood Productions.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Lynn Loring, Lauren Shuler Donner.  Music by Lee Holdridge.  Production Design by Alfred Sweeney.  Costume Design by Norman A. Burza, Linda Matthews, Nolan Miller.  Film Editing by Patrick Kennedy.   Auto engineer Michael Keaton has his life turned upside-down…

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Harlan County USA (1976)

BARBARA KOPPLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1976.  Cabin Creek Films.  Cinematography by Kevin Keating, Hart Perry.  Produced by Barbara Kopple.  Music by David Morris.  Film Editing by Nancy Baker, Mirra Bank, Lora Hays, Mary Lampson.   One of the most memorable documentaries ever made, this film won an Academy Award for then-newcomer Barbara Kopple (she would win again fifteen…

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Airplane (1980)

JIM ABRAHAMS, DAVID ZUCKER, JERRY ZUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1980.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, based on the screenplay Zero Hour by Hall Bartlett, John C. Champion, Arthur Hailey, and the teleplay Flight Into Danger by Arthur Hailey.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.  Produced by Jon Davison, Howard W. Koch.  Music…

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