Partners (1982)

JAMES BURROWS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB .  USA, 1982.  Paramount Pictures, Aaron Russo Productions.  Screenplay by Francis Veber.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Aaron Russo.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman.  Film Editing by Danford B. Greene, Stephen Lovejoy.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.  …

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Three Fugitives (1989)

FRANCIS VEBER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1989.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV.  Screenplay by Francis Veber, based on his film Les Fugitifs.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner.  Music by David McHugh.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by April Ferry.  Film Editing by Bruce Green. Francis Veber remakes his own Les Fugitifs for the…

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Girlfriends (1978)

CLAUDIA WEILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Cyclops.  Story by Claudia Weill, Vicki Polon, Screenplay by Vicki Polon.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Claudia Weill.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Susan Becker, Jody Cyd-Cooper, Bonnie Daziel.  Film Editing by Suzanne Pettit.  National Board of Review Awards 1978.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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The Pope Of Greenwich Village (1984)

STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1984.  United Artists.  Screenplay by Vincent Patrick, based on his novel.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Gene Kirkwood, Hawk Koch.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.  Academy Awards 1984.   Great character study whose shoddy plotting and weak direction is overcome by…

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Runaway Train

ANDREY KONCHALOVSKIY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Golan-Globus Productions, Northbrook Films.  Screenplay by Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel, Edward Bunker, based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Stephen Marsh.  Costume Design by Katherine Dover.  Film Editing by Henry Richardson.  Academy Awards 1985.  Cannes Film Festival 1985.  Golden…

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Protocol (1984)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1984.  Hawn/Sylbert Movie Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Charles Shyer, Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller, Screenplay by Buck Henry.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Anthea Sylbert.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Bill Malley.  Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch. Goldie Hawn tries to recreate her success from…

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Amadeus (1984)

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  AMLF, The Saul Zaentz Company.  Screenplay by Peter Shaffer, based on his play.  Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by Saul Zaentz.  Music by Neville Marriner.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein. Costume Design by Theodor Pistek.  Film Editing by Michael Chandler, T.M. Christopher, Nena Danevic.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.   The difficult, jealous relationship…

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Ragtime

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   This Milos Forman film adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow novel will be of particular interest to those who enjoyed the recent Broadway musical version (this one’s not a musical). It stars an ensemble cast whose interactions take place in turn-of-the-century America when the country was going through a…

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The Stepford Wives (1975)

BRYAN FORBES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1975.  Palomar Pictures, Fadsin Cinema Associates.  Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Edgar J. Scherick.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Timothy Gee. Ira Levin’s creepy novel reaches the screen with mixed…

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Dune (1984)

DAVID LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1984.  Dino De Laurentiis Company.  Screenplay by David Lynch, based on the novel by Frank Herbert.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Raffaella De Laurentiis.  Music by Totò.  Production Design by Anthony Masters.  Costume Design by Bob Ringwood.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.  Academy Awards 1984.   Frank Herbert’s immensely popular science-fiction novel (the first in a series)…

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