Lucky Lady (1975)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1975.  Gruskoff/Venture Films.  Screenplay by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Michael Gruskoff.  Music by Ralph Burns.  Production Design by John Barry. Costume Design by Lilly Fenichel.  Film Editing by Peter Boita, George Hively. Liza Minnelli and Burt Reynolds fail in their attempt to make big money running undocumented Mexicans…

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The Magnificent Seven (1960)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1960.  The Mirisch Company, Alpha Productions, Alpha.  Screenplay by William Roberts, based on the screenplay Shichinin No Samurai by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by John Sturges.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Edward Fitzgerald.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.   Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is remade for the…

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Jinxed (1982)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.    USA, 1982.  Herb Jaffe.  Story by Frank D. Gilroy, Screenplay by Frank D. Gilroy, David Newman.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Herb Jaffe.  Music by Miles Goodman, Bruce Roberts.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by Douglas Stewart. A blackjack dealer (Ken Wahl) is in a major professional crisis…

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The Pope Of Greenwich Village (1984)

STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1984.  United Artists.  Screenplay by Vincent Patrick, based on his novel.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Gene Kirkwood, Hawk Koch.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.   Great character study whose shoddy plotting and weak direction is overcome by two sterling…

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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.   Ridiculous horror film that tries…

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Papillon (1973)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/France, 1973.  Corona-General.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the book by Henri Charriere.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Robert Dorfmann, Franklin J. Schaffner.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Anthony Masters.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.   Another prison movie for Steve McQueen, and…

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Hombre (1967)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1967.  Hombre Productions.  Screenplay by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr..  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Irving Ravetch, Martin Ritt.  Music by David Rose.  Production Design by Jack Martin Smith, Robert Emmet Smith.  Costume Design by Donfeld.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   Paul Newman continues his collection of anti-heroes with this excellent western, adapted from…

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Hud (1963)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1963.  Paramount Pictures, Salem-Dover Productions. Screenplay by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr., based on the novel by Larry McMurtry.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Irving Ravetch, Martin Ritt.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Tambi Larsen, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   Fantastic western directed by…

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Donnie Brasco (1997)

MIKE NEWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1997.   Mandalay Entertainment, Baltimore Pictures, Mark Johnson Productions.   Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, based on the book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life In The Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone, Richard Woodley.   Cinematography by Peter Sova.   Produced by Louis DiGiaimo, Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson, Gail Mutrux.   Music by Patrick…

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The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie (1976)

JOHN CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1976.  Faces Distribution.  Screenplay by John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by Mitch Breit, Al Ruban.  Produced by Al Ruban.  Music by Bo Harwood.  Production Design by Sam Shaw.  Costume Design by Mary Herne.  Film Editing by Tom Cornwell. Fans of John Cassavetes’ open-ended approach to filmmaking will delight in seeing him tackle the genre of film…

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Minnie And Moskowitz (1971)

JOHN CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1971.  Faces Music, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by Alric Edens, Michael D. Margulies, Arthur J. Ornitz.  Produced by Al Ruban.  Music by Bo Harwood.  Production Design by Victor E. Petrotta Sr.  Costume Design by Jules Melillo.  Film Editing by Frederic L. Knudtson.  John Cassavetes brings his take-no-prisoners style of filmmaking to the…

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Faces (1968)

JOHN CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1968.  Screenplay by John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by Al Ruban.  Produced by Maurice McEndree.  Music by Jack Ackerman.  Production Design by Phedon Papamichael.  Film Editing by Maurice McEndree, Al Ruban.   Once again, John Cassavetes captures drunken stupor to absolute perfection. In this exceptionally well-acted film, Gena Rowlands plays a beautiful young woman who captures the…

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