The Rescue (2021)

JIMMY CHIN, ELIZABETH CHAI VASARHELYI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 2021. National Geographic Documentary Films, Ventureland, Storyteller Productions, Little Monster Films, Passion Pictures, Cavalry Media, Michael De Luca Productions. Cinematography by David Katznelson, Ian Seabrook, Picha Srisansanee. Produced by Jimmy Chin, John Battsek, Bob Eisenhardt, P.J. Van Sandwijk, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. Music…

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Cry The Beloved Country (1995)

DARRELL ROODT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  South Africa/USA, 1995.  Alpine Pty Limited, Distant Horizon, Miramax, Videovision Entertainment.  Screenplay by  Ronald Harwood, based on the novel by Alan Paton.  Cinematography by Paul Gilpin.  Produced by Anant Singh, Harry Alan Towers.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by David Barkham.  Costume Design by Ruy Filipe. …

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Stepping Out (1991)

LEWIS GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Harris, based on his play.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Lewis Gilbert.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Alicia Keywan.  Costume Design by Candy Paterson.  Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon.  Richard Harris’ community theatre favourite gets its shot at the big screen, and the results…

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Mutiny On The Bounty (1962)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1962.  Arcola Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Lederer, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by George W. Davis, J. McMillan Johnson.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..   The worst (and, by all accounts, least…

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The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1961.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Highroad Productions.  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, based on the novel by Alistair MacLean.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Carl Foreman.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Geoffrey Drake.  Film Editing by Alan Osbiston.   The British fighting the Nazis during World War II need to get across the…

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The Field (1990)

JIM SHERIDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom, 1990.  Granada Television, Noel Pearson, Sovereign Pictures.  Screenplay by Jim Sheridan, based on the play by John B. Keane.  Cinematography by Jack Conroy.  Produced by Noel Pearson.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Frank Conway.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film Editing by J. Patrick Duffner.   Exceptional drama based on the play by John B….

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The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)

KEVIN REYNOLDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Ireland, 2002.  Touchstone Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, World 2000 Entertainment, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Count of Monte Cristo Ltd..  Screenplay by Jay Wolpert, based on the novel Le Comte de Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas pere.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by…

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Patriot Games (1992)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1992.  Mace Neufeld Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by W. Peter Iliff, Donald Stewart, based on the novel by Tom Clancy.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine. Produced by Mace Neufeld, Robert Rehme.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Joseph C. Nemec III.  Costume Design by Norma Moriceau.  Film Editing by William Hoy, Neil Travis. CIA man…

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Hawaii (1966)

GEORGE ROY HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1966.  Pan Arts, The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, Daniel Taradash, based on the novel by James A. Michener. Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Walter Mirisch.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.   This adaptation of one part…

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Camelot (1967)

JOSHUA LOGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1967.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based on his play, from the book The Once And Future King by T.H. White.    Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Jack L. Warner.   Music by Frederick Loewe, Alfred Newman.  Production Design by John Truscott.  Costume Design by John Truscott.  Film Editing by Folmar…

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Gladiator (2000)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Universal Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Mill Film, C & L, Dawliz.  Story by David Franzoni, Screenplay by David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by David Franzoni, Branko Lustig, Douglas Wick.  Music by Lisa Gerrard, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by Janty Yates.  Film Editing by…

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Tarzan, The Ape Man (1981)

JOHN DEREK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1981.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Svengali Productions.  Screenplay by Tom Rowe, Gary Goddard, based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Cinematography by John Derek.  Produced by Bo Derek.  Music by Perry Botkin Jr..  Production Design by Alan Roderick-Jones.  Costume Design by Patricia Edwards.  Film Editing by Jimmy Ling.   Tarzan meets Barbie in this hilariously bad, completely…

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