Short Eyes (1977)

ROBERT M. YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Screenplay by Miguel Pinero, based on his play. Cinematography by Peter Sova. Produced by Lewis Harris, Robert M. Young. Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Joe Babas. Costume Design by Paul Martino. Film Editing by Edward Beyer. Miguel Pineyro’s Tony-nominated play, based on his own experiences behind bars, is adapted to…

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Klute

BBBBB (out of 5) The other fantastic thriller made in 1971 is the perfect feminine companion to The French Connection (and Roy Scheider is in both of them).  Jane Fonda gives the performance of anyone’s lifetime as a street-wise prostitute who hangs around agents’ offices during the day looking for work as a model and actress…

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

BBBB (out of 5) After being sentenced to jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Jack Nicholson convinces the authorities that he is crazy enough to serve his sentence in a mental institution instead of prison. When he gets there, he is put under the care of a nurse (Louise Fletcher) who is…

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Serpico

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Al Pacino‘s best cinematic creations is in this impressive cop drama by Sidney Lumet. He plays Frank Serpico, a real-life New York City police officer who couldn’t stand back and watch his colleagues indulge in corrupt practices without blowing the whistle on them. Working the streets undercover (in some of…

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