Hurricane (1979)

JAN TROELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA/Netherlands, 1979.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Famous Films.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the novel by James Norman Hall, Charles Nordhoff.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.  Dino De Laurentiis was so…

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The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1969.  Boardwalk Productions.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the novel by John Nichols.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Fred Karlin.  Production Design by Roland Anderson.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson, Jennifer L. Parsons.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen, John W. Wheeler.  Making his way…

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Sparkle (1976)

SAM O’STEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1976.  Robert Stigwood Organization, Warner Bros..  Story by Howard Rosenman, Screenplay by Joel Schumacher.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Howard Rosenman.  Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Peter Wooley.  Costume Design by Daniel Paredes.  Film Editing by Gordon Scott.   There’s an honest and unassuming quality about this tale of family and ambition that overrides its…

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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1967.  Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Donn Pearce, Frank Pierson, based on the novel by Donn Pearce.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Gordon Carroll.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.   Paul Newman plays the title character, a man so named because…

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A Dry White Season (1989)

EUZHAN PALCY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1989.  Davros Films, Star Partners II Ltd., Sundance Productions.  Screenplay by Colin Welland, Euzhan Palcy, based on the novel by Andre P. Brink.  Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn, Kelvin Pike.  Produced by Paula Weinstein.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by John Fenner.  Costume Design by Charles Knode.  Film Editing by Glenn Cunningham, Sam O’Steen.  Academy Awards 1989.  Golden Globe…

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Consenting Adults (1992)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 1992.  Hollywood Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners, Permut Presentations.  Screenplay by Matthew Chapman.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula, David Permut.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Gary Jones, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen. Unbearably bad thriller directed by Alan J. Pakula, who…

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Wolf (1994)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.   Columbia Pictures Corporation.   Screenplay by Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick.   Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.   Produced by Douglas Wick.   Music by Ennio Morricone.   Production Design by Jim Dultz, Bo Welch.   Costume Design by Ann Roth.   Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.    Jack Nicholson is on a dark, winding…

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Regarding Henry (1991)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.   Paramount Pictures.   Screenplay by J.J. Abrams.   Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.   Produced by Mike Nichols, Scott Rudin.   Music by Hans Zimmer.   Production Design by Tony Walton.   Costume Design by Ann Roth.   Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.    Recreating the charm of Frank Capra classics is attempted in…

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Working Girl (1988)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1988.   Twentieth Century Fox.   Screenplay by Kevin Wade.   Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.   Produced by Douglas Wick.   Music by Rob Mounsey.   Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.   Costume Design by Ann Roth.   Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.    One of the most polished and satisfying comedies of the eighties is…

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Heartburn (1986)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1986.   Paramount Pictures.   Screenplay by Nora Ephron, based on her novel.   Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.   Produced by Robert Greenhut, Mike Nichols.   Music by Carly Simon.   Production Design by Tony Walton.   Costume Design by Ann Roth.   Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.    A mesmerizing performance by Meryl Streep…

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Silkwood (1983)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1983.   ABC Motion Pictures.   Screenplay by Nora Ephron, Alice Arlen.   Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.   Produced by Michael Hausman, Mike Nichols.   Music by Georges Delerue.   Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.   Costume Design by Ann Roth.   Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.    Meryl Streep proved that elegant period pieces…

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The Day Of The Dolphin (1973)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1973.   AVCO Embassy Pictures.   Screenplay by Buck Henry, based on the novel Un Animal Doue de Raison by Robert Merle.   Cinematography by William A. Fraker.   Produced by Robert E. Relyea.   Music by Georges Delerue.   Production Design by Richard Sylbert.   Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.   Film Editing by Sam…

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