Skin Deep (1989)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1989. Beco Films, Morgan Creek Entertainment. Screenplay by Blake Edwards. Cinematography by Isidore Mankofsky. Produced by Tony Adams. Music by Henry Mancini. Production Design by Rodger Maus. Costume Design by Nolan Miller. Film Editing by Robert Pergament. Blake Edwards spent a great deal of his post-sixties…

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Little Murders (1971)

ALAN ARKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 1971. Twentieth Century Fox, Brodsky-Gould Productions. Screenplay by Jules Feiffer, based on his play. Cinematography by Gordon Willis. Produced by Jack Brodsky. Music by Fred Kaz. Production Design by Gene Rudolf. Costume Design by Albert Wolsky. Film Editing by Howard Kuperman. Jules Feiffer adapts his Broadway…

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The Front Page (1974)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1974.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.  Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.  Produced by Paul Monash.  Music by Billy May.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Ralph E….

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Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)

JOHN D. HANCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5 USA, 1973.  ANJS, Dibs Partnership, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Mark Harris, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Richard Shore.  Produced by Lois Rosenfield, Maurice Rosenfield.  Music by Stephen Lawrence.  Production Design by Robert Gundlach.  Costume Design by Domingo A. Rodriguez.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.   Touching film about the friendship between two baseball players on a…

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The Hustler (1961)

ROBERT ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1961.  Rossen Films, Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Sidney Carroll, Robert Rossen, based on the novel by Walter Tevis.  Cinematography by Eugen Schufftan.  Produced by Robert Rossen.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   Paul Newman solidified his already established status with this perennial…

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Where’s Poppa? (1970)

CARL REINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1970.  The Where’s Poppa Company.  Screenplay by Robert Klane, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Jack Priestley.  Produced by Jerry Tokofsky, Marvin Worth.  Music by Jack Elliott.  Production Design by Warren Clymer.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Anthony Ciccolini, Bud Molin.   George Segal made a promise to his dying father that…

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Little Shop Of Horrors (1986)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1986.  The Geffen Company.  Screenplay by Howard Ashman, based on his musical play, adapted from the 1960 film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles B. Griffith.  Cinematography by Robert Paynter.  Produced by David Geffen.  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Roy Walker.  Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film Editing by John Jympson.   The…

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The House On 92nd Street (1945)

HENRY HATHAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1945. Twentieth Century Fox. Story by Charles G. Booth, Screenplay by Barre Lyndon, Charles G. Booth, John Monks Jr.. Cinematography by Norbert Brodine. Produced by Louis De Rochemont. Music by David Buttolph. Production Design by Lewis H. Creber, Lyle R. Wheeler. Costume Design by Bonnie Cashin. Film Editing by Harmon Jones. …

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Moonstruck (1987)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1987.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Star Partners. Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Patrick J. Palmer.  Music by Dick Hyman.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Lou Lombardo.  This is the exemplary, perfectly acted, written and directed romantic comedy you’ve been looking…

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Heaven Can Wait (1978)

WARREN BEATTY, BUCK HENRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1978.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Warren Beatty, Elaine May, based on the play by Henry Segall.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Warren Beatty.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones, Don Zimmerman.   Lightweight romantic comedy stars Warren Beatty (who…

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Murder Inc. (1960)

BURT BALABAN, STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 1960.  Princess Production Corporation.  Screenplay by Irve Tunick, Mel Barr, based on the book by Burton Turkus, Sid Feder.  Cinematography by Gayne Rescher.  Produced by Burt Balaban.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Bill Walstrom.  Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum.  Peter Falk made a name for himself,…

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