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Akira Kurosawa's rousing Seven Samurai was a natural for an American remake--after all, the codes and conventions of ancient Japan and the Wild West (at least the mythical movie West) are not so very far apart. Thus The Magnificent Seven effortlessly turns samurai into cowboys (the same trick worked more than once: Kurosawa's Yojimbo became Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars). The beleaguered denizens of a Mexican village, weary of attacks by banditos, hire seven gunslingers to repel the invaders once and for all. The gunmen are cool and capable, with most of the actors playing them just on the cusp of '60s stardom: Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn. The man who brings these warriors together is Yul Brynner, the baddest bald man in the West. There's nothing especially stylish about the approach of veteran director John Sturges (The Great Escape), but the storytelling is clear and strong, and the charisma of the young guns fairly flies off the screen
In the entire history of American movies, The Night of the Hunter stands out as the rarest and most exotic of specimens. It is, to say the least, a masterpiece--and not just because it was the only movie directed by flamboyant actor Charles Laughton or the only produced solo screenplay by the legendary critic James Agee (who also co-wrote The African Queen). The truth is, nobody has ever made anything approaching its phantasmagoric, overheated style in which German expressionism, religious hysteria, fairy-tale fantasy (of the Grimm-est variety), and stalker movie are brought together in a furious boil. Like a nightmarish premonition of stalker movies to come, Night of the Hunter tells the suspenseful tale of a demented preacher (Robert Mitchum, in a performance that prefigures his memorable villain in Cape Fear), who torments a boy and his little sister--even marries their mixed-up mother (Shelley Winters)--because he's certain the kids know where their late bank-robber father hid a stash of stolen money. So dramatic, primal, and unforgettable are its images--the preacher's shadow looming over the children in their bedroom, the magical boat ride down a river whose banks teem with fantastic wildlife, those tattoos of LOVE and HATE on the unholy man's knuckles, the golden locks of a drowned woman waving in the current along with the indigenous plant life in her watery grave--that they're still haunting audiences (and filmmakers) today. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com
"I've been looking for a girl every Saturday night of my life", says Marty Piletti. Yet, despite all his efforts, this 34-year-old Bronx butcher remains as shy and uncomfortable around women today as on the day he was born. So when he meets Clara, a lonely schoolteacher who's just as smitten with him as he is with her, Marty's on top of the world.
But not everyone around him shares Marty's joy. And when his friends and family continually find fault with Clara, even Marty begins to question his newfound love until he discovers, in an extraordinary way, the strength and courage to follow his heart.
In black and white.
In Seventies America, Bob (Matt Dillon) and his wife Dianne (Kelly Lynch) travel from state to state, ripping off pharmacies to fuel their drug addiction. Gaining a certain amount of notoriety and respect for his streetwise bravado, Bob is forced to reassess his life when gang member Nadine (Heather Graham) dies of an overdose. He attempts to kick the habit and go legit but is hindered by his own lack of willpower and his wife's reluctance to give up life in the fast lane. Directed by Gus van Sant, it also features an appearance by author William Burroughs as a junkie priest.
When Marine Captain Bob Hyde leaves for Vietnam, his wife, Sally, volunteers at a local hospital. There she meets Luke Martin, a former sergeant whose war injury has left him a paraplegic.
Embittered with rage and filled with frustration, Luke finds new hope and confidence through his growing intimacy with Sally. The relationship also transforms Sally's feelings about life, love and the horrors of war.
And when, wounded and disillusioned, Sally's husband returns home, all three must grapple with the full impact of a brutal, distant war that has changed their lives forever.
Perhaps the most powerful picture ever made about the shattering aftermath of the Vietnam War, Coming Home earned eight Academy Award nominations and three Oscars: Best Actress for Jane Fonda, Best Actor Jon Voight and Original Screenplay. Hailed by critics, this is a heart-rending examination of a critical period in America's histor.
The war is over. Nobody won. Only the inhabitants of Australia and the men of the U.S. submarine Sawfish have escaped the nuclear destruction and radiation.
Captain Dwight Towers takes the Sawfish on a mission to see if an approaching radiation cloud has weakened, but returns with grim news: the cloud is lethal. With the days and hours dwindling, each person confronts the bleak situation in his or her own way.
One realizes a lifetime Grand Prix ambition, another reaches out for a chance at love. But they're all aware that the final chapter of human history is coming to a close.
From acclaimed director Stanley Kramer and screenwriter John Paxton comes this spectacular movie landmark - a film masterpiece with a message that will resonate as long as the world has the power to self-destruct at its own fingertips.
In black & white.
James Woods gives his fullest, most humane, most emotional performance to date in this gritty, harrowing and bold thriller.
It's 1980. Young men, women and children are being brutally killed in a bloody civil war in El Salvador. It's a horrific setting... but a perfect one for Richard Boyle, a sleazy war photojournalist whose career needs a jumpstart.
Armed with his camera, Boyle joins the front lines in an attempt to capture atrocious-but-valuable images of the pain and horror. But with each picture he takes, he catches a tragic side of humanity that ignites his long-buried compassion.
And he unexpectedly discovers something that will change him forever: his soul.
'Rich' Richardson is a hard-driving, dedicated submarine officer with a single-minded purpose - to seek out and smash the Japanese destroyer he believes sunk his former ship.
Given a new command, Richardson drills his men to the point of mutiny as he relentlessly trains them for the battle ahead. At last, word comes of the destroyer's position, and disobeying orders, Richardson finally confronts his foe, unaware that an even greater enemy lurks nearby...one who's been targeting him for a watery grave.
Co-Starring Burt Lancaster as Gable's executive officer, this gripping WWII adventure-thriller set a new standard for submarine pictures. Severely, nail bitingly tense, Run Silent, Run Deep is the most exciting film about the 'silent service' ever made.
In black & white.
Burt Lancaster stars as Elmer Gantry, a streetwise, fast-talking traveling salesman working the road in the 1920s in this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's 1927 novel.
Always on the lookout for the next moneymaking scheme, Elmer attracts the attention of a group of traveling evangelists, charming their leader, the saintly Sister Susan Falconer.
Elmer becomes her smooth-talking preaching sidekick, plagiarizing speeches to promote himself above all else as he successfully exploits the folks of America's Corn Belt.
Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall star in this searing portrait of television exploitation.
When longtime news anchor Howard Beale is fired, he suffers a violent, on-air breakdown. But when his sagging ratings are rapidly found boosted by his angry rantings, he's subsequently rehired and reinvented as the "mad prophet of the airwaves".
Of course, when the "prophet" ceases to be profitable, something has to be done about Beale, preferably on camera, before a live studio audience.
Even more compelling and relevant today than when it was first released, Network is a wickedly funny, spot-on indictment of the TV news media. Winner of four Academy Awards it pulses with vitality and a provocative excitement that is forever rare.
Miles Monroe has been cryogenically frozen for 100 years. When he's illegally awakened, he discovers he's a wanted criminal in world that has drastically changed from the one he left behind.
Russell Price is a gutsy photojournalist who gets caught between his love for reporter Claire Stryder and his friendship with her husband, Alex Grazier.
He's also caught in the horns of a dilemma when he's asked to take sides instead of just pictures in the war between the Nicaraguan government and the Sandinista rebels.
But when he loses sight of his objectivity and becomes involved in the skirmish, Russell could lose both his battles and his life, as he comes Under Fire from all sides!
James Spader, Angela Basset, Lou Diamond Phillips and the stunning Robin Tunney star in this all - new sci-fi spectacular about suspense and terror in the furthest reaches of outer space.
In John Huston's drama, sophisticated but emotionally crippled Roslyn (Marilyn Monroe, giving what many believe to be her strongest performance) has come to Nevada to gain a quick and easy divorce. When her landlady introduces her to aging, broken cowboy Gay Langland (Clark Gable), she finally finds herself with a worthy partner. Meanwhile, Gay and his fellow horsemen Guido and Perce (Eli Wallach and Montgomery Clift, respectively) scheme to capture a herd of wild horses. Though megawatt star power and a brilliant script by Arthur Miller failed to turn THE MISFITS into box office success (probably due a legendarily troubled shoot), time and critical reputation treated it very kindly. It was the final film for icons Gable and Monroe.
How does bitter convict Robert Stroud cope with a lifetime of solitary confinement? The answer, in a sense, comes from above - in the form of a feeble sparrow he finds in the isolation yard.
Stroud brings this newfound companion to his cell, nurses it back to health and, from that point on, there's no turning back.
Despite having only a third grade education, and no hope of parole, Stroud becomes a nenowned ornithologist-and achieves a greater sense of freedom and purpose behind prison walls than many in the outside world will ever know.
Dennis Quaid gives a rousing performance as the defiant rock 'n' roll superstar who broke all the rules, co-starring Winona Ryder as Jerry Lee's teenage bride and Alec Baldwin as his evangelical cousin Jimmy Swaggart, and featuring scorching piano and vocals re-recorded by the legendary Lewis himself, Great Balls of Fire! is a wild ride back to the early days of rock 'n' roll that will leave you "B-B-B-Breathless"!
In 1956, Louisiana bad boy Jerry Lee Lewis (Quaid) moves to Memphis, determined to dethrone Elvis with his ferocious, "God-given" talent. When Jerry Lee bangs out the bass chords with his feet, fans howl for more. When he finishes a performance by setting his piano ablaze they mob the stage. But when he marries his 13-year old second cousin Myra (Ryder)... the scandal nearly kills "the Killer's" career.
Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton star in this "brilliantly made courtroom drama" (Film Daily) that left audiences reeling from its surprise twists and shocking climax. Directed by Billy Wilder, scripted by Wilder and Harry Kurnitz, and based on Agatha Christie's hit London play, this splendid, six-time Oscar -nominated classic "crackles with emotional electricity" (The New York Times) and continues to keep movie lovers riveted until the final, mesmerising frame. When a wealthy widow is found murdered, her married suitor, Leonard Vole (Power), is accused of the crime. Vole's only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife (Dietrich)...but his airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own.
When notorious desperado Chris Adams is offered a huge reward to free a young Mexican revolutionary from prison, he must first assemble a cutthroat team of frontier warriors. Together these daring gunslingers embark on the adventure of their lives and discover a cause worth more than a fortune in gold.
An adaptation of one of Charles Dicken's best-loved stories. Nicholas Nickleby becomes the head of his family after the untimely death of his father and discovers that due to his father's bad investments the family has been left with no money. Nicholas has to turn to his wealthy uncle for assistance but finds that he is unable to put up with his cruel and abusive ways...
Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti western forms the final part of the trilogy that brought Clint Eastwood to Hollywood's attention. During the American Civil War, the paths of three loners - Joe (Eastwood), Tuco (Eli Wallach) and Setenza (Lee Van Cleef) - cross as they search for the grave of Bill Carson, home to a hidden fortune. As the war intensifies, the treasure seekers become drawn into a battle that dwarfs their own mercenary pursuits.
Rocky Balboa is a Philadelphia club fighter who seems to be going nowhere. But when a stroke of fate puts him in the ring with a world heavyweight champion, Rocky knows that it's his one shot at the big time - a once in a lifetime opportunity to go the distance and come out a winner!
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