Death Watch (1980)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Original Title: La Mort En Direct France/West Germany, 1980. Films A2, Gaumont International, Little Bear, Sara Films, Selta Films, Societe Francaise de Production, TV13 Filmproduktion. Screenplay by David Rayfiel, Bertrand Tavernier, Géza von Radványi, based on the novel by David Compton. Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn. Produced by…

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Yentl (1983)

BARBRA STREISAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1983.  Ladbroke, Barwood Films, United Artists.  Screenplay by Jack Rosenthal, Barbra Streisand, based on the story Yentl, The Yeshiva Boy by Isaac Bashevis Singer.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Rusty Lemorande, Barbra Streisand.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Roy Walker.  Costume Design by Judy Moorcroft.  Film Editing by Terry Rawlings.  Academy Awards 1983.  Golden…

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A Month In The Country (1987)

PAT O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1987.  Channel Four Films, Euston Films, PfH Ltd..  Screenplay by Simon Gray, based on the novel by J.L. Carr.  Cinematography by Kenneth MacMillan.  Produced by Kenith Trodd.  Music by Howard Blake.  Production Design by Leo Austin.  Costume Design by Judy Moorcroft.  Film Editing by John Victor-Smith.   This mild British drama features powerful acting and…

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A Passage To India (1984)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1984.  EMI Films, Home Box Office, Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment, New Gold Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Lean, based on the novel by E.M. Forster and the play by Santha Rama Rau.  Cinematography by Ernest Day.  Produced by John Brabourne, Richard B. Goodwin.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John Box, Herbert Westbrook.  Costume Design…

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Shanghai Surprise

B (out of 5) Laughably bad comedy adventure features terrible direction and a flat screenplay (even the title song is dreadful). An early producing effort by ex-Beatle George Harrison, it stars Sean Penn as a scruffy, no-good con artist in 1930s Shanghai who teams up with a straight-laced missionary (a painfully miscast Madonna) to solve…

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Without A Clue

BBBB (out of 5) A comedic gem, the oft-told tale of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson is reinvented as a hilarious adventure. A goofy Michael Caine plays Holmes, the drunken actor who poses as a detective for good PR, while Ben Kingsley plays Dr. Watson, the brains behind the operation, perpetually sober and tired of…

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Quartet (1981)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom/France, 1981.   Merchant Ivory Productions, Lyric International, National Film Trustee Company.   Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, French dialogue by Michel Maingois, based on the novel by Jean Rhys.   Cinematography by Pierre Lhomme.   Produced by Jean-Pierre Mahot, Ismail Merchant.   Music by Richard Robbins.   Production Design by Jean-Jacques Caziot.   Costume Design…

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The Europeans (1979)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.    United Kingdom, 1979.   Merchant Ivory Productions.   Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on the novel by Henry James.   Cinematography by Larry Pizer.   Produced by Ismail Merchant.   Music by Richard Robbins.   Production Design by Jeremiah Rusconi.  Costume Design by Judy Moorcroft.   Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon.   Academy Awards…

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Murder By Decree (1979)

BOB CLARK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Sherlock Holmes And Saucy Jack United Kingdom/Canada, 1979.  Canadian Film Development Corporation, Famous Players, Highlight, Murder by Decree Productions.  Screenplay by John Hopkins, based on the book The Ripper File by Elwyn Jones, John Lloyd, from characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Cinematography by Reginald H. Morris.  Produced by Bob Clark, Rene…

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