Save The Tiger (1973)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1973.  Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973. Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt…

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The Sandpiper

B (out of 5) Bohemian artist Elizabeth Taylor (who despite the trappings is wonderful) has her idyllic life by the sea interrupted when her son, who she is trying to raise as a free-thinking nature boy, gets into serious trouble and is forced to attend a religious boarding school. The pastor who runs the place (Richard Burton,…

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Jagged Edge

BBB.5 (out of 5) While this film doesn’t offer a murder mystery much different from any popular paperback novel, the experience of going through the colour-by-numbers plot is fun.   Glenn Close is excellent as a criminal lawyer (in criminally tight miniskirts) who hasn’t handled a murder case in years when a desperate man (Jeff Bridges)…

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The Americanization Of Emily

BBBB (out of 5) A comedy about D-Day? In Paddy Chayefsky’s brilliant screenplay, there is room made in cinema history for the one soldier who doesn’t want to be a war hero, and by God, James Garner is that man! He is excellent, in one of his very best film performances, as an American in…

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Class

B.5 (out of 5) Ah, the eighties, when being rich and young in the movies was served without even the smallest helping of irony. Andrew McCarthy (in his film debut) plays a kid from a working class, small-town family who receives a scholarship in his senior year to study at an intense prep school as…

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Turbulence

BB.5 (out of 5) You’ll get guilty pleasure from this silly thrill ride about a plucky flight attendant (a strong Lauren Holly) who gets the flight of a lifetime when her airline flies a psychotic madman (Ray Liotta) across the country on a private chartered flight. Once Liotta has managed to free himself and dispense…

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