A Civil Action (1998)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Jonathan Harr.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Rachel Pfeffer, Robert Redford, Scott Rudin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman.   True story of…

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Affliction (1997)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB USA, 1997.  JVC Entertainment Networks, Kingsgate Films, Largo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Russell Banks.  Cinematography by Paul Sarossy.  Produced by Linda Reisman.  Music by Michael Brook.  Production Design by Anne Pritchard.  Costume Design by Francois Laplante.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.   Relentlessly depressing drama based on the novel…

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A Simple Plan (1998)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 United Kingdom/Germany/France/USA/Japan, 1998. British Broadcasting Corporation, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures, Savoy Pictures, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho Company, Towa Video, Union Générale Cinématographique.  Screenplay by Scott B. Smith, based on his novel. Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by James Jacks, Adam Schroeder.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Patrizia…

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Little Voice (1998)

MARK HERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1998.  Miramax, Scala Productions.  Screenplay by Mark Herman, based on the play by Jim Cartwright.  Cinematography by Andy Collins.  Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen.  Music by John Altman.  Production Design by Don Taylor.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by Michael Ellis.  Cute musical film about a super-talented mimic (Jane Horrocks, in a role that was…

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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1998.  DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Mutual Film Company.  Screenplay by Robert Rodat.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Thomas E. Sanders.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.   The first half hour of Steven Spielberg’s…

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Hilary And Jackie (1998)

ANAND TUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1998.  Arts Council of England, British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Intermedia Films, The Oxford Film Company.  Screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce, based on the book A Genius In The Family by Hilary du Pre, Piers du Pre.  Cinematography by David Johnson.  Produced by Nicolas Kent, Andy Paterson.  Music by…

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One True Thing (1998)

CARL FRANKLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Monarch Pictures, Ufland, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Karen Croner, based on the novel by Anna Quindlen.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Jesse Beaton, Harry J. Ulfland.  Music by Cliff Eidelman.  Production Design by Paul Peters.  Costume Design by Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by Carole Kravetz Aykanian.   Exceptionally touching story about a workaholic journalist…

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Primary Colors (1998)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/United Kingdom/Germany/USA/Japan, 1998.   Award Entertainment, British Broadcasting Corporation, Icarus Productions, Marubeni, Mutual Film Company, Tele Munchen Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho-Towa, UGC PH, Universal Pictures.   Screenplay by Elaine May, based on the novel by Joe Klein.   Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.   Produced by Mike Nichols.   Music by Ry Cooder.   Production Design…

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Shakespeare In Love (1998)

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA/United Kingdom, 1998.  Universal Pictures, Miramax, The Bedford Falls Company.  Screenplay by Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard.  Cinematography by Richard Greatrex.  Produced by Donna Gigliotti, Marc Norman, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Martin Childs.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by David Gamble.   Struggling playwright William Shakespeare (a…

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Elizabeth (1998)

SHEKHAR KAPUR Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1998.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films, Channel Four Films.  Screenplay by Michael Hirst.  Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Alison Owen.  Music by David Hirschfelder.  Production Design by John Myhre.  Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne.  Film Editing by Jill Bilcock.   Stunning costume drama concentrates on the period…

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Gods And Monsters (1998)

BILL CONDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Lions Gate Films, Showtime Networks, Flashpoint, BBC Films, Regent Entertainment, Spike Productions.  Screenplay by Bill Condon, based on the novel Father Of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram.  Cinematography by Stephen M. Katz.  Produced by Paul Colichman, Gregg Fienberg, Mark R. Harris.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Richard Sherman.  Costume Design by…

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Life Is Beautiful (1998)

ROBERTO BENIGNI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  La Vita E Bella Italy, 1998.  Melampo Cinematografica, Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Gianluigi Braschi, John M. Davis, Elda Ferri.  Music by Nicola Piovani.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Simona Paggi.   Beautiful,…

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