The Big Knife (1955)

ROBERT ALDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.    USA, 1955.  The Associates & Aldrich Company.   Screenplay by James Poe, based on the play by Clifford Odets.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Robert Aldrich.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by William Glasgow.  Film Editing by Michael Luciano. Clifford Odets’s vicious play about…

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Jubal (1956)

DELMER DAVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Russell S. Hughes, Delmer Daves, based on the novel by Paul Wellman.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by William Fadiman.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Carl Anderson.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Al Clark. Glenn Ford shows up near death on a sprawling ranch…

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The Amityville Horror (1979)

STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1979.  American International Pictures, Cinema 77, Professional Films.  Screenplay by Sandor Stern, based on the book by Jay Anson. Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Elliot Geisinger, Ronald Saland.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Kim Swados.  Costume Design by Cynthia Bales, Richard Butz.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.  Academy Awards 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1979.  …

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The January Man (1989)

PAT O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1989.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Star Partners II Ltd..   Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Ezra Swerdlow.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Ann Roth, Neil Spisak.  Film Editing by Lou Lombardo.   An all-star cast can’t save this incredibly dull mystery-comedy. Kevin Kline, who…

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The Specialist (1994)

LUIS LLOSA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Peru/USA, 1994.  Warner Bros., Jerry Weintraub Productions, Iguana Producciones.  Screenplay by Alexandra Seros, suggested by the Specialist novels by John Shirley.  Cinematography by Jeffrey L. Kimball.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Walter P. Martishius.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Jack Hofstra.   If you miss the good…

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End Of Days (1999)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1999.  Beacon Communications, Beacon Pictures, Lucifilms.  Screenplay by Andrew W. Marlowe.  Cinematography by Peter Hyams.  Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Bill Borden.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by Richard Holland.  Costume Design by Bobbie Mannix.  Film Editing by Jeff Gullo, Steven Kemper. Lord, deliver us from evil studio executives who think the devil is an…

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Doctor Zhivago (1965)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1965.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Carlo Ponti Production.  Screenplay by Robert Bolt, based on the novel by Boris Pasternak.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton.  Film Editing by Norman Savage.  Academy Awards 1965.  Cannes Film Festival 1966.  Golden Globe Awards 1965.  National Board of Review Awards…

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Oklahoma! (1955)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Magna Theatre Corporation, Rodgers & Hammerstein Productions.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, based on the musical play by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, from the play Green Grow The Rushes by Lynn Riggs.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Richard Rodgers.  Production Design by Oliver Smith.  Costume…

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On The Waterfront (1954)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1954.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by Budd Schulberg, suggested by articles by Malcolm Johnson.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Flo Transfield.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1954.  Golden Globe Awards 1954. Incredible…

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The Pawnbroker (1964)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Landau Company, The Pawnbroker Company.  Screenplay by Morton S. Fine, David Friedkin, based on the novel by Edward Lewis Wallant.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Philip Langner, Roger H. Lewis.  Music by Quincy Jones.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum.  Academy Awards 1965.  Golden Globe…

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The Hurricane (1999)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1999.  Azoff Entertainment, Beacon Communications, Beacon Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Armyan Bernstein, Dan Gordon, based on the books The 16th Round by Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, and Lazarus and the Hurricane by Sam Chaiton, Terry Swinton.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Norman Jewison, John Ketcham.  Music by Jeremy Sweet, Christopher…

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In The Heat Of The Night (1967)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1967.  The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, based on the novel by John Ball.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Walter Mirisch.  Music by Quincy Jones.  Production Design by Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Alan Levine.  Film Editing by Hal Ashby.  Academy Awards 1967.  Golden Globe Awards 1967.    New York Film Critics Awards 1967.   One…

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