Staying Alive (1983)

SYLVESTER STALLONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1983.  Paramount Pictures, Cinema Group Ventures. Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, Norman Wexler, based on characters created by Nik Cohn.  Cinematography by Nick McLean.  Produced by Sylvester Stallone, Robert Stigwood.  Music by The Bee Gees, Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Tom…

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Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)

GILBERT CATES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1973.  Rastar Pictures, Bright-Persky Associates.  Screenplay by Stewart Stern.  Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld.  Produced by Jack Brodsky, Gilbert Cates.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Peter Dohanos.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.   Film Editing by Sidney Katz.  Joanne Woodward plays a posh New York…

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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1966.  The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by William Rose, based on the novel The Off-Islanders by Nathaniel Benchley.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.  Produced by Norman Jewison.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Wesley Jeffries.  Film Editing by Hal Ashby, J. Terry Williams.   A Russian submarine traversing the depths…

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An American Dream (1966)

ROBERT GIST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Alternate title:  See You In Hell, Darling USA, 1966.  William Conrad Productions.  Screenplay by Mann Rubin, based on the novel by Norman Mailer.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by William Conrad.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by LeRoy Deane.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by George R. Rohrs.   Television host and war hero…

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The Sandpiper (1965)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1965.  Filmways Pictures, Venice Productions.  Story by Martin Ransohoff, adaptation by Irene Kemp, Louis Kamp, screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, Michael Wilson.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.   Bohemian artist…

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I Want To Live (1958)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.  Figaro.  Screenplay by Nelson Gidding, Don Mankiewicz, based on newspaper articles by Ed Montgomery and the letters of Barbara Graham.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Victor A. Gangelin, Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Angela Alexander, Wesley Jeffries.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.   Susan Hayward shines in this…

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Caddyshack (1980)

HAROLD RAMIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB. USA, 1980.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney.  Cinematography by Stevan Larner.  Produced by Douglas Kenney.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Stan Jolley.  Costume Design by Eric Seelig.  Film Editing by William C. Carruth.   Old money and new money collide at an exclusive golf course when crass millionaire Rodney Dangerfield gains entrance and infuriates…

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The Americanization Of Emily (1964)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Filmways Pictures.  Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky, based on the novel by William Bradford Huie.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Hans Peters, Elliot Scott.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Tom McAdoo.   A comedy about D-Day? In Paddy…

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The Verdict (1982)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1982.   Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by David Mamet, based on the novel by Barry Reed.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Edward Pisoni.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Peter C. Frank.   Watching one man go against conspiratorial corruption hasn’t been this…

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Deathtrap (1982)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1982.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, based on the play by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Burtt Harris.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Tony Walton.  Costume Design by Tony Walton.  Film Editing by Jack Fitzstephens.   Stagebound adaptation of Ira Levin’s play fails to open the plot up for film but…

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A Great Day In Harlem (1994)

JEAN BACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Flo-Bert Ltd., Jean Bach, New York Foundation for the Arts.  Screenplay by Jean Bach, Susan Peehl, Matthew Seig.  Cinematography by Steve Petropoulos.  Produced by Terrell Braly.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Film Editing by Susan Peehl.   This warmhearted documentary goes back to the momentous day in music history when some of the…

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Being There (1979)

HAL ASHBY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1979.  BSB, CIP, Lorimar Film Entertainment, NatWest Ventures, New Gold Entertainment, Northstar Media.   Screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Andrew Braunsberg.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Michael D. Haller.  Costume Design by May Routh.  Film Editing by Don Zimmerman.   Peter Sellers gave his last performance…

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