The Sunshine Boys (1975)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1975.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Irwin Fisch.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by John F. Burnett.   Neil Simon’s hilarious Broadway play is adapted to the big screen with its sparkle intact….

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The Cheap Detective

BBB.5 (out of 5) Neil Simon wrote two hilarious spoofs of traditional murder mysteries, and both are equally funny and worth watching. The first, Murder By Death, was a clever takeoff on classic mysteries of the Agatha Christie vein. The Cheap Detective takes on the genre of forties film noir as private eye Peter Falk…

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Chapter Two (1979)

ROBERT MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1979.  Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Vicki Sanchez.  Film Editing by Michael A. Stevenson.  Academy Awards 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1979.   Wonderful film based on a Neil Simon play is…

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Murder By Death

ROBERT MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   This film and The Cheap Detective make for a terrific pair of mystery spoofs, both filled with hilarious situations and spot-on imitations of the genres they are parodying. In this one, Agatha Christie’s style of murder mysteries are the target, with crazy old Truman Capote inviting a host of…

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Steel Magnolias (1989)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1989.  TriStar Pictures, Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Robert Harling, based on his play.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Gene Callahan, Edward Pisoni.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  Academy Awards 1989.  Golden Globe Awards 1989. This beautifully heartfelt adaptation of Robert…

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California Suite (1978)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1978.  Columbia Pictures, Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Claude Bolling.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Michael A. Stevenson.  Academy Awards 1978.  Golden Globe Awards 1978.  New York Film Critics Awards 1978.   A collection of Neil Simon…

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The Goodbye Girl (1977)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1977.  Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Rastar Pictures.  Screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Dave Grusin. Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by John F. Burnett.  Academy Awards 1977.  Golden Globe Awards 1977. Marsha Mason plays a single mother who moves into a new…

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Funny Lady (1975)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1975.  Columbia Pictures, Rastar Pictures.  Story by Arnold Schulman, Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, Arnold Schulman.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Fred Ebb, John Kander, Peter Matz.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Ray Aghayan, Bob Mackie.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman.   Is it possible that Fanny Brice’s…

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Funny Girl (1968)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1968.  Columbia Pictures Corporation,  Rastar Productions.Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, based on her play.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Jule Styne.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by William Sands, Maury Winetrobe.   The life of Fanny Brice made its way to the big…

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The Electric Horseman (1979)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1979.  Wildwood Enterprises.  Screen story by Paul Gaer, Robert Garland, Screenplay by Robert Garland, from a story by Shelly Burton.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Sheldon Kahn.  Academy Awards 1979.   Enjoyable drama that succeeds…

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The Way We Were (1973)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1973.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Rastar Productions, Tom Ward Enterprises.  Screenplay by Arthur Laurents.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr..  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins, Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by John F. Burnett.   Politics and romance mix with volatile results in this…

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This Property Is Condemned (1966)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1966.  Paramount Pictures, Seven Arts Productions.  Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Coe, Edith R. Sommer, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by John Houseman, Ray Stark.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.  …

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