Save The Tiger (1973)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1973.  Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973. Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt…

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Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1959)

BBB (out of 5) New advances in stop-motion animation technology were encouraging movie producers of the fifties to create lots of deliciously pulpy science-fiction films for mass audiences to enjoy. For a few years following the success of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Around The World In 80 Days, Jules Verne’s more fantastical novels enjoyed…

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Little Big Man

BBBBB (out of 5) Glorious western by Bonnie And Clyde director Arthur Penn. Dustin Hoffman plays the child of a prairie settler whose parents are killed by Natives and he and his sister are adopted into their tribe. Now over a hundred years old (great makeup on him too), Hoffman relays the story of his life…

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Savages

BBBB (out of 5) Odd but endearing film, an early production from the impressive team of Merchant Ivory. Beginning like a silent film, using black and white stock and intertitles to tell the story, the film displays a group of primitives living in a dense forest in ignorant bliss until a perfectly spherical croquet ball…

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Rocky

BBBB (out of 5) Sylvester Stallone wrote and stars in this subtle drama that took audiences by storm in the seventies and inspired a string of unremarkable sequels. He plays a Philadelphia loan shark’s runner who once had dreams of being a great boxer but now only hits the ropes every once in a while to…

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