Birdman Of Alcatraz (1962)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1962.  Norma Productions.  Screenplay by Guy Trosper, based on the book by Thomas E. Gaddis.  Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.  Produced by Stuart Millar, Guy Trosper.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Fernando Carrere.  Film Editing by Edward Mann.  Academy Awards 1962.  Golden Globe Awards…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari,…

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Patton (1970)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1970.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screen story and screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, Edmund H. North, based on factual material from Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Fargo, and A Soldier’s Star by Omar N. Bradley.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Frank McCarthy.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Urie…

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Meteor (1979)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Hong Kong, 1979.  American International Pictures, Meteor Joint Venture, Palladium Productions, Shaw Brothers.  Story by Edmund H. North, Screenplay by Stanley Mann, Edmund H. North.  Cinematography by Paul Lohmann.  Produced by Arnold H. Orgolini, Theodore R. Parvin.  Music by Laurence Rosenthal.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing…

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Kiss Of Death (1947)

HENRY HATHAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1947.  Twentieth Century Fox. Story by Eleazar Lipsky, Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer. Cinematography by Norbert Brodine. Produced by Fred Kohlmar. Music by David Buttolph. Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler. Costume Design by Charles Le Maire. Film Editing by J. Watson Webb Jr.. Academy Awards 1947. Golden Globe Awards…

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Pollyanna (1960)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the novel by Eleanor H. Porter.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Frank Gross.  Academy Awards 1960.   A perennial family favourite, this delightful Disney film is…

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Gypsy (1962)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1962.  Mervyn LeRoy Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Leonard Spigelglass, based on the musical book by Arthur Laurents, adapted from the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Jule Styne.  Production Design by John Beckman.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson.  Academy Awards…

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Dead Ringer

BB.5 (out of 5) It’s hard to contain Bette Davis into one role, so from time to time you’ve got to give her two. Playing twins for the second time in her career (the first time in A Stolen Life in 1946), this so-so melodrama has her once again doing a good sister-bad sister routine. The…

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Nuts (1987)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Warner Bros., Barwood Films.  Screenplay by Tom Topor, Darryl Ponicsan, Alvin Sargent, based on the play by Tom Topor.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Barbra Streisand.  Music by Barbra Streisand.  Production Design by Joel Schiller.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Barbra Streisand has no end of…

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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Charles K. Feldman Group, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Tennessee Williams, adaptation by Oscar Saul, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Charles K. Feldman.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Richard Day, Bertram Tuttle.  Costume Design by Lucinda Ballard.  Film Editing by David Weisbart.  Academy Awards 1951….

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On The Waterfront (1954)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1954.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by Budd Schulberg, suggested by articles by Malcolm Johnson.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Flo Transfield.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1954.  Golden Globe Awards 1954. Incredible…

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Baby Doll (1956)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Newtown Productions.  Screenplay by Tennessee Williams.   Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1956.  Golden Globe Awards 1956. Carroll Baker‘s performance is the best reason to see this film by Elia…

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