Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

HAL NEEDHAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Universal Pictures, Rastar Pictures.  Story by Hal Needham, Robert L. Levy, Screenplay by James Lee Barrett, Charles Shyer, Alan Mandel.  Cinematography by Bobby Byrne.  Produced by Mort Engelberg.  Music by Bill Justis, Jerry Reed.  Production Design by Mark W. Mansbridge.  Film Editing by Mark W. Mansbridge, Angelo Ross.  Academy Awards 1977.  Golden Globe Awards 1977.  …

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The Client (1994)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films.  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, Robert Getchell, based on the novel by John Grisham.  Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.  Academy Awards 1994. The best John Grisham novel…

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Falling Down (1993)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  France/USA/United Kingdom, 1993.  Alcor Films, Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ebbe Roe Smith. Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Timothy Harris, Arnold Kopelson, Herschel Weingrod.  Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  Cannes Film Festival 1993. Michael Douglas is stuck in traffic…

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The Concorde…Airport ’79 (1979)

DAVID LOWELL RICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1979.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Jennings Lang, Screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the novel Airport by Arthur Hailey.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Jennings Lang.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   This film was laughed off the…

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The Falcon And The Snowman (1985)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1985.  Hemdale.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Robert Lindsey.  Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Gabriel Katzka, John Schlesinger.  Music by Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Richard Marden. True story about Christopher Boyce and Daulton Lee, two young men…

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Doc Hollywood (1991)

MICHAEL CATON-JONES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Daniel Pyne, adaptation by Laurian Leggett, based on the book What?…Dead Again? by Neil B. Shulman.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Deborah D. Johnson, Susan Solt.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Lawrence Miller.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Priscilla…

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Deliverance (1972)

JOHN BOORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1972.  Warner Bros., Elmer Enterprises.  Screenplay by James Dickey, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by John Boorman.  Music by Michael Addiss.  Production Design by Fred Harpman.  Costume Design by Bucky Rous.  Film Editing by Tom Priestley.  Academy Awards 1972.  Golden Globe Awards 1972.   The movie that still has heterosexual men shaking in…

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A Walk In The Clouds (1995)

ALFONSO ARAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA/Mexico, 1995.  Twentieth Century Fox, Zucker Brothers Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen, Mark Miller, Harvey Weitzman, based on the story and screenplay Quattro Passi fra le Nuvole by Piero Tellini, Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio de Benedetti.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Gil Netter, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big screen with its deeply sympathetic characters and enjoyably sentimental situations intact. Films like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How To…

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