The Deep (1977)

PETER YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 1977.  Casablanca Filmworks, EMI Films.  Screenplay by Peter Benchley, Tracy Keenan Wynn, based on the novel by Peter Benchley.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Peter Guber.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Anthony Masters.  Costume Design by Ron Talsky.  Film Editing by David Berlatsky.   The success of Jaws meant that Peter Benchley’s follow-up…

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From Russia With Love (1963)

TERENCE YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1963.  Eon Productions.  Adaptation by Johanna Harwood, Screenplay by Richard Maibaum,based on the novel by Ian Fleming.  Cinematography by Ted Moore.  Produced by Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Syd Cain.  Costume Design by Jocelyn Rickards.  Film Editing by Peter R. Hunt.   James Bond’s adventures continue, just as fast and…

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Time After Time (1979)

NICHOLAS MEYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1979.  Orion Pictures, Warner Bros..  Story by Karl Alexander, Steve Hayes, Screenplay by Nicholas Meyer.  Cinematography by Paul Lohmann.  Produced by Herb Jaffe.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno.  Costume Design by Sal Anthony, Yvonne Kubis.  Film Editing by Donn Cambern. H.G. Wells announces at his dinner party that he has invented…

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The Sting (1973)

GEORGE ROY HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1973.  Zanuck/Brown Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by David S. Ward.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Tony Bill, Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.   Robert Redford plays a con man who seeks revenge after his partner is killed…

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A Man For All Seasons (1966)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1966.  Highland Films.  Screenplay by Robert Bolt, based on his play.  Cinematography by Ted Moore.  Produced by Fred Zinnemann.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden, Joan Bridge.  Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen.   The Best Picture Oscar winner of 1966 is this powerful adaptation of…

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Swashbuckler (1976)

JAMES GOLDSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   Alternate title:  Scarlet Buccaneer USA, 1976.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Paul Wheeler, Screenplay by Jeffrey Bloom.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Jennings Lang.  Music by John Addison.  Production Design by John Robert Lloyd.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Edward A. Biery. Moderately fun adventure film tries to recapture the glory days of Errol…

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Jaws (1975)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1975.  Zanuck/Brown Productions.  Screenplay by Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb, based on the novel by Peter Benchley.  Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Joe Alves.  Costume Design by Louise Clark, Robert Ellsworth, Irwin Rose.  Film Editing by Verna Fields.   Where is there greater terror to be found…

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The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

CHARLES CRICHTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1951.  Ealing Studios.  Screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Michael Balcon.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by William Kellner.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Seth Holt.   Alec Guinness is a riot as a doddering bank employee who decides to pull off a heist and be rich for the rest…

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Robin And Marian (1976)

RICHARD LESTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1976.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Rastar Pictures.  Screenplay by James Goldman.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Denis O’Dell.  Music by John Barry. Production Design by Michael Stringer.  Costume Design by Yvonne Blake.  Film Editing by John Victor-Smith. The fables of Robin Hood are told somewhat differently in this wonderful film. Sean Connery plays the aging…

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