The Professionals (1966)

RICHARD BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.    USA, 1966.  Pax Enterprises, Columbia Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Brooks, based on the novel by Frank O’Rourke.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Richard Brooks.   Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Jack Martell.    Film Editing by Peter Zinner. …

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Mahogany (1975)

BERRY GORDY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1975.  Motown Productions, Nikor Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Toni Amber, Screenplay by John Byrum.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Jack Ballard, Rob Cohen.  Music by Michael Masser.  Production Design by Aurelio Crugnola, Leon Erickson.  Costume Design by Diana Ross.  Film Editing by Peter Zinner.  Diana Ross follows her triumph as Billie…

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A Star Is Born (1976)

FRANK PIERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1976.  Barwood Films, First Artists, Winters Hollywood Entertainment Holdings Corporation.  Screenplay by John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion, Frank Pierson, based on a story by William A. Wellman, Robert Carson.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Jon Peters.  Music by Roger Kellaway.  Production Design by Polly Platt.  Costume Design by Seth Banks, Shirlee Strahm.  Film Editing…

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The Hunt For Red October (1990)

JOHN McTIERNAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Paramount Pictures, Mace Neufeld Productions, Nina Saxon Film Design.  Screenplay by Larry Ferguson, Donald Stewart, based on the novel by Tom Clancy.  Cinematography by Jan de Bont.  Produced by Mace Neufeld.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by James W. Tyson.  Film Editing by Dennis Virkler, John Wright.   Jack Ryan’s…

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The Godfather Part II (1974)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1974.  Paramount Pictures, The Coppola Company.  Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, based on the novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Francis Ford Coppola.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Barry Malkin, Richard Marks, Peter…

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The Godfather (1972)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1972.  Paramount Pictures, Alfran Productions. Screenplay by Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis. Produced by Albert S. Ruddy.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by William Reynolds, Peter Zinner.   The masterpiece…

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The Deer Hunter (1978)

MICHAEL CIMINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1978.   EMI Films, Universal Pictures.   Story by Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn, Louis Garfinkle, Quinn K. Redeker, Screenplay by Deric Washburn.   Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Michael Cimino, Michael Deeley, John Peverall, Barry Spikings.   Music by Stanley Myers.   Production Design by Ron Hobbs, Kim Swados.   Costume Design by…

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In Cold Blood (1967)

RICHARD BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1967.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Pax Enterprises.  Screenplay by Richard Brooks, based on the novel by Truman Capote.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Richard Brooks.  Music by Quincy Jones.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Jack Martell.  Film Editing by Peter Zinner.  Exceptional true-life drama that brings Truman Capote’s phenomenally…

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