A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 1963.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Sy Bartlett, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Sy Bartlett.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth. You know a movie isn’t going to be very exciting when it spends most…

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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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Shoot The Moon (1982)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1982.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, SLM Production Group.  Screenplay by Bo Goldman.  Cinematography by Michael Seresin.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Kristi Zea.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.  Cannes Film Festival 1982.  Golden Globe Awards 1982.  New York Film Critics Awards 1982.   Family troubles are at the centre of this…

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Some Came Running (1958)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1958.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Patrick, Arthur Sheekman, based on the novel by James Jones.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by William A. Horning, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.  Academy Awards 1958.  Golden Globe Awards 1958. Frank Sinatra falls…

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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

RICHARD FLEISCHER, KINJI FUKUSAKU, TOSHIO MASUDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Japan, 1970.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Elmo Williams, Richard Fleischer, Toei Company.  Screenplay by Larry Forester, Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima, based on the novel Tora! Tora! Tora! by Gordon W. Prange and the novel The Broken Seal by Ladislas Farago.  Cinematography by Charles F. Wheeler, Masamichi Satoh, Shinsaku…

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3:10 To Yuma (1957)

DELMER DAVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  USA, 1957.  Screenplay by Halsted Welles, from a story by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..   In this intelligent and exciting western, Van Heflin plays a hard-up rancher who is barely holding on to his property thanks to the bad luck that has befallen him. He longs to prosper…

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