Staying Alive (1983)

SYLVESTER STALLONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1983.  Paramount Pictures, Cinema Group Ventures. Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, Norman Wexler, based on characters created by Nik Cohn.  Cinematography by Nick McLean.  Produced by Sylvester Stallone, Robert Stigwood.  Music by The Bee Gees, Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Tom…

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Ride The Pink Horse (1947)

ROBERT MONTGOMERY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB . USA, 1947.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer, based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. Cinematography by Russell Metty. Produced by Joan Harrison. Music by Frank Skinner. Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, Bernard Herzbrun. Costume Design by Yvonne Wood. Film Editing by…

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The Crimson Kimono (1959)

SAMUEL FULLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1959. Columbia Pictures, Globe Enterprises.  Screenplay by Samuel Fuller. Cinematography by Sam Leavitt. Produced by Samuel Fuller. Music by Harry Sukman. Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, William Flannery. Costume Design by Bernice Pontrelli. Film Editing by Jerome Thoms. An exotic dancer finishes her performance and…

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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1966.  The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by William Rose, based on the novel The Off-Islanders by Nathaniel Benchley.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.  Produced by Norman Jewison.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Wesley Jeffries.  Film Editing by Hal Ashby, J. Terry Williams.   A Russian submarine traversing the depths…

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Winter Kills (1979)

WILLIAM RICHERT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1979.  Winter Gold Productions.  Screenplay by William Richert, based on the book by Richard Condon.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Fred C. Caruso, Daniel H. Blatt.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by David Bretherton. Fictionalized expose of the JFK assassination would…

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How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (1967)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1967.  The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the musical book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert, from the novel by Shepherd Mead.  Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.  Produced by David Swift.  Music by Nelson Riddle.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Micheline.  Film Editing by Allan Jacobs, Ralph E. Winters.   Plucky window…

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Mame (1974)

GENE SAKS Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0. USA, 1974.  American Broadcasting Company, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Paul Zindel, based on the play by Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee, and the novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by James Cresson, Robert Fryer.  Music by Jerry Herman.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by…

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Do Not Disturb (1965)

RALPH LEVY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1965.  Melcher-Arcola Productions.  Screenplay by Milt Rosen, Richard L. Breen, based on the play by William Fairchild.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Martin Melcher, Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Lionel Newman.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Ray Aghayan.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.   Lesser effort from the…

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Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

JEFF KANEW Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1989.  Fries Entertainment, Weintraub Entertainment Group.  Story by Ava Ostern Fries, Screenplay by Pamela Norris, Margaret Oberman.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Ava Ostern Fries.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Mark Melnick.   While in the middle of a…

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The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982)

COLIN HIGGINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1982.  Universal Pictures, RKO Pictures, Miller-Milkis-Boyett Productions.  Screenplay by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson, Colin Higgins, based on the play by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker. Produced by Robert L. Boyett, Edward K. Milkis, Thomas L. Miller.  Music by Carol Hall, Patrick Williams.  Production Design by Robert F….

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Private Benjamin (1980)

HOWARD ZIEFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1980.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, Harvey Miller.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller, Charles Shyer.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, Jeffrey Howard.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Sheldon Kahn.  My favourite Goldie Hawn movie. All her life, Judy Benjamin (Hawn) has…

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The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1968.  The Mirisch Corporation, Simkoe, Solar Productions.  Screenplay by Alan Trustman.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Norman Jewison.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Hal Ashby, Byron ‘Buzz’ Brandt, Ralph E. Winters.   Steve McQueen plays a business tycoon who is so…

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