Across 110th Street (1973)

BARRY SHEAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1973. Film Guarantors. Screenplay by Luther Davis, based on the novel Across 110th by Wally Ferris. Cinematography by Jack Priestley. Produced by Fouad Said, Ralph B. Sharpe. Music by J.J. Johnson. Production Design by Perry Watkins. Costume Design by Joseph Fretwell III. Film Editing by Byron…

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Rosewood (1997)

JOHN SINGLETON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1997. Warner Bros., Peters Entertainment, New Deal Productions. Screenplay by Gregory Poirier. Cinematography by Johnny E. Jensen. Produced by Jon Peters. Music by John Williams. Production Design by Paul Sylbert. Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter. Film Editing by Bruce Cannon.  Berlin Film Festival 1997.  …

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Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    USA, 1979.  Paramount Pictures, The Malpaso Company.  Screenplay by Richard Tuggle, based on the book by J. Campbell Bruce.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Don Siegel.  Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Allen E. Smith.  Costume Design by Glenn Wright.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster. Clint Eastwood plays a real-life escape artist whose breaks from…

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The Station Agent (2003)

TOM McCARTHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2003.  SenArt Films, Next Wednesday Productions.  Screenplay by Tom McCarthy.  Cinematography by Oliver Bokelberg.  Produced by Robert May, Mary Jane Skalski, Kathryn Tucker.  Music by Stephen Trask.  Production Design by John Paino.  Costume Design by Jeanne DuPont.  Film Editing by Tom McArdle.  Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003.    Toronto International Film Festival 2003. A train enthusiast (Peter…

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Midnight Cowboy (1969)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1969.  Jerome Hellman Productions.  Screenplay by Waldo Salt, based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy.  Cinematography by Adam Holender. Produced by Jerome Hellman.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by John Robert Lloyd.   Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Hugh A. Robertson.   Cowboy Jon Voight leaves a boring small town life behind…

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Nuts (1987)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Warner Bros., Barwood Films.  Screenplay by Tom Topor, Darryl Ponicsan, Alvin Sargent, based on the play by Tom Topor.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Barbra Streisand.  Music by Barbra Streisand.  Production Design by Joel Schiller.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.   Barbra Streisand has no end of fun chewing up…

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Do The Right Thing (1989)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1989.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Bill Lee.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike Lee’s best film is this explosive examination of racism in America, whittled…

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