The Professionals (1966)

RICHARD BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.    USA, 1966.  Pax Enterprises, Columbia Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Brooks, based on the novel by Frank O’Rourke.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Richard Brooks.   Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Jack Martell.    Film Editing by Peter Zinner. …

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The Dirty Dozen (1967)

ROBERT ALDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1967.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, MKH, Seven Arts Productions.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, Lukas Heller, based on the novel by E.M. Nathanson.  Cinematography by Edward Scaife.  Produced by Kenneth Hyman.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by William Hutchinson.  Film Editing by Michael Luciano. It’s 1944 and…

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The Delta Force (1986)

MENAHEM GOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/Israel, 1986.  Golan-Globus Productions.  Screenplay by James Bruner, Menahem Golan.  Cinematography by David Gurfinkel.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Luciano Spadoni.  Costume Design by Tami Mor.  Film Editing by Alain Jakubowicz. Having previously made an Oscar nominated film about the 1976 Air France hijacking that resulted in…

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The Killers (1964)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1964.  Revue Studios.  Screenplay by Gene L. Coon, based on the story by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Richard L. Rawlings.  Produced by Don Siegel.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Frank Arrigo, George B. Chan.  Costume Design by Helen Colvig.  Film Editing by Richard Belding. Don Siegel excitingly remakes the Robert Siodmak classic using…

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Cat Ballou (1965)

ELLIOT SILVERSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1965.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Harold Hecht Productions.  Screenplay by Walter Newman, Frank Pierson, based on the novel by Ray Chanslor.  Cinematography by Jack A. Marta.  Produced by Harold Hecht.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  Academy Awards 1965.  Golden Globe Awards 1965.  National…

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Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955)

JACK WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1955.  Mark VII Ltd..  Screenplay by Richard L. Breen.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Jack Webb.  Music by David Buttolph, Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Harper Goff.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Robert M. Leeds.  Academy Awards 1955.   Jack Webb directs and stars in this atmospheric drama about the seedy side of nightclub life….

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Ship Of Fools (1965)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1965.  Stanley Kramer Productions.  Screenplay by Abby Mann, based on the novel by Katherine Anne Porter.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.  Academy Awards 1965.  Golden Globe Awards 1965.  National Board of Review Awards 1965.  New York…

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The Big Heat (1953)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1953.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Sydney Boehm, based on a Saturday Evening Post serial article by William P. McGivern.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Robert Arthur.  Music by Henry Vars.  Production Design by Robert Peterson.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  Superb film noir that shows the genre at…

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We’re Not Married (1952)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1952.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, adaptation by Dwight Taylor, from a story by Gina Kaus, Jay Dratler.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Elois Jenssen.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.  …

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Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Millard Kaufman, adaptation by Don McGuire, based on a story by Howard Breslin.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown, Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Newell P. Kimlin.  Academy Awards 1955.  Cannes Film Festival 1955.   When army veteran Spencer…

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Donovan’s Reef (1963)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1963.  Paramount Pictures, John Ford Productions.  Story by Edmund Beloin, Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, James Edward Grant.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Eddie Imazu, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering.   Lighthearted romp that shows the great John…

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Paramount Pictures, John Ford Productions.  Screenplay by James Warner, Willis Goldbeck, based on the story by Dorothy M. Johnson.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by Willis Goldbeck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Eddie Imazu, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering.  Academy Awards 1962.   An aged James Stewart shows…

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