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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Callaway Went Thataway (The Star Said No)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Old westerns starring Howard Keel are being played on television and thrilling the kids who watch them on the small screen with their parents.  Film producers realize this is a great opportunity to resurrect the star’s career and put new films out in theatres that will net a huge profit, but there’s one…

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The Fortune Cookie

BBBB (out of 5) This was the first time that Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were teamed up on screen, and from this point on a legendary cinematic pairing was born. Lemmon plays an unhappily married business man who is persuaded by his money-grubbing brother-in-law to play up a minor injury into a major lawsuit that they…

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West Side Story

BBBB (out of 5) Fantastic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet takes the tale of star-crossed lovers and sets it as a musical among warring gangs of 1960s New York. Jerome Robbins’ energetic choreography is the main highlight of this colourful film, about a young Puerto Rican girl named Maria (Natalie Wood, with singing…

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Lady Sings The Blues

BBB.5 (out of 5) This film pays righteous tribute to pioneer jazz singer Billie Holiday, though not necessarily in ways that you would expect. While the screenplay does a trivial job of encapsulating her career, fictionalizes much of her love life and simplifies her conflicts, the soundtrack is constantly pumping out song after song that…

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Charade

BBBBB (out of 5) My favourite Audrey Hepburn movie is this incredible murder mystery. She plays a woman who returns from vacation in Switzerland with the intention of telling her husband she wants a divorce, only to find that he has been murdered and all their belongings have been thoroughly cleaned out. What’s a girl…

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