Last Summer (1969)

FRANK PERRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1969.  Alsid Productions, Francis Productions.  Screenplay by Eleanor Perry, based on the novel by Evan Hunter.  Cinematography by Enrique Bravo, Gerald Hirschfeld.  Produced by Sidney Beckerman, Alfred W. Crown, Emanuel L. Wolf.  Music by John Simon.  Production Design by Peter Dohanos.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Sidney Katz, Marion Kraft.  Academy Awards 1969.   Frank Perry … More Last Summer (1969)

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Phaedra

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jules Dassin followed up his massively successful Never On Sunday by reteaming with his lady love Melina Mercouri in this update of an ancient Sophocles play.  Mercouri plays the wife to a wealthy Onassis-esque shipping tycoon (Raf Vallone) who asks her to go to London and bring home his wayward son (Anthony Perkins) … More Phaedra

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Can’t Stop The Music

B.5 (out of 5) It truly is as bonkers as you’ve heard it is.  Nancy Walker made an ill-advised feature directorial debut in this attempt to update Mickey and Judy put-on-a-show musicals to the disco era, a big screen extravaganza dedicated to celebrating the Village People by cutely fictionalizing their origin. Valerie Perrine and Steve Guttenberg seem … More Can’t Stop The Music

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The First Wives Club

BBBB (out of 5) Serious alterations have been made to Olivia Goldsmith’s original novel, but it’s possible that even devoted readers will still enjoy it. Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton are in peak form as three middle-aged women who are abandoned by their husbands (Dan Hedaya, Victor Garber, Stephen Collins respectively) for women much younger than … More The First Wives Club

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Loving Couples

BB (out of 5) Couple swapping is yet again the subject of a romantic comedy, and this one barely rises above the quality of forgettable drivel. Shirley MacLaine plays a successful doctor whose surgeon husband (James Coburn) can barely be bothered to make time for her. When a handsome, womanizing patient (Stephen Collins) starts making eyes … More Loving Couples

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