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The Way We Were
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A movie that defined a moment in time for the decade. Anyone that didn't live to see this first release couldn't really comprehend it. That leaves out most RT folk sad to say.

James Woods plays a part in this to great effect.

When you have serious disagreements politically, philosophically or in any other way with your new found girl/guy friend.... brother now you know its time to bail out! ...... And sooner rather than later.

In this film the characters find that prescription all too late. Their differences are immense: she is a stridently vocal Marxist Jew with strong anti-war opinions, and he is a carefree WASP with no particular political bent.

She is drawn to him because of his boyish good looks and his natural writing skill, which she finds captivating, although he doesn't work very hard at it. He is intrigued by her conviction and her determination to persuade others to take up social causes.

But the charm of the plot is that they come to realize that their best years and affection came despite all that difference. They were attracted to each other for the same reasons men and woman have been getting together for centuries.... they like each other.

I found this story to be touching and remarkably realistic. I want to watch it again after 30 some odd years of not seeing it. Sappy as it once seemed to be, this tear jerker is as up to date as any out there, with legendary actors to boot.

First class cinematography too. Streisand had a big hit with the soundtrack theme song which she sings wonderfully.

NOTES about the film:

1 The Way We Were is a 1973 American romantic dramatic film, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, and directed by Sydney Pollack.

2 The screenplay by Arthur Laurents was based on his college days at Cornell University and his experiences with the House Un-American Activities Committee.

3 A box office success, the film was nominated for several awards and won the Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song for "The Way We Were". The soundtrack recording charted for 23 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually sold in excess of one million copies.

Cast

Barbra Streisand ..... Katie Morosky
Robert Redford ..... Hubbell Gardiner
Patrick O'Neal ..... George Bissinger
Sally Kirkland ..... Pony Dunbar
James Woods ..... Frankie McVeigh
Susan Blakely ..... Judianne
Bradford Dillman ..... J.J.
Lois Chiles ..... Carol Ann
Viveca Lindfors ..... Paula Reisner
Allyn Ann McLerie ..... Rhea Edwards
Murray Hamilton ..... Brooks Carpenter
Herb Edelman ..... Bill Verso



Directed by Sydney Pollack
Produced by Ray Stark
Written by Arthur Laurents

Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Cinematography Harry Stradling, Jr.
Editing by John F. Burnett
Margaret Booth (supervising)

Studio Rastar
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) October 19, 1973

Running time 118 minutes

Language English

Budget $15 million
Box office $49,919,870

The Sand Pebbles
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

8 Oscar nominations, pure 1960's, embodies the era which gave Steve McQueen his only Oscar nomination. Suggested for mature audiences.

Near the end of the film, the most fantastic fighting footage I have ever seen. Prepare yourself for some desperate fighting at the end.


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The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American period war film directed by Robert Wise. It tells the story of an independent, rebellious U.S. Navy Machinist's Mate aboard the fictional gunboat USS San Pablo in 1920s China.


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SEE the trailer:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkb5JDAGcFs



The late and so great Andy Williams sings the movie's memorable song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k_Nk48dEJI





REVIEWS by the unpaid:


80%
I think because this was a widescreen technicolor flick directed by Robert Wise, I always thought that "The Sand Pebbles" was a very different kind of...



90%
An excellent lengthy war film that doesn't tire the viewer out, but keeps him at the edge the whole time. Robert Wise managed brilliantly to blend war...


70%
A dark look at American exploitation of the Chinese during an expansion period that ultimately could be viewed as a thinly veiled anti-Vietnam War sta...



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NOTES:

1 At the insistence of the film company, Director Wise agreed to direct a "fill-in" project, The Sound of Music, a film that became one of the most popular and acclaimed films of the 1960s.

2 Due to frequent rain and other difficulties in Hong Kong, the filming was nearly abandoned. When he returned to Los Angeles, Mr. McQueen fell ill because he had an abscessed molar. He had not wanted to see a dentist until he returned to California. His dentist and physician ordered him to take an extended period of rest-one that halted production again for weeks.


3 Steve McQueen did not do any film work for about a year due to exhaustion, saying that whatever sins that he had committed in his life had been paid for when he made The Sand Pebbles.


4 Although the 1962 novel pre-dated extensive US activity in Vietnam and was not based on any historic incidents, by the December 1966 release of the film it was seen as an explicit statement on the US's extensive combat involvement in the Vietnam War in reviews published by the New York Times and Life magazine.

5 After more than 40 years, 20th Century Fox found fourteen minutes of footage that had been cut from the film's initial roadshow version shown at New York's Rivoli Theater. The restored version has been released on DVD.


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SEE this interview with the movie's soundtrack genius, Jerry Goldsmith:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbaifO9SRFk


CAST

Steve McQueen as Machinist's Mate 1st Class Jake Holman
Richard Attenborough as Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Frenchy Burgoyne
Richard Crenna as Captain Collins
Candice Bergen as Shirley Eckert
Marayat Andriane as Maily
Mako as Po-han
Charles Robinson as Ensign Bordelles
Larry Gates as Jameson
Simon Oakland as Machinist's Mate Stawski
Ford Rainey as Harris
Joe Turkel as Bronson
Gavin MacLeod as Crosley (later to captain the Love Boat)

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CREW

Directed by
Robert Wise

Produced by
Robert Wise

Written by
Robert Woodruff Anderson
Richard McKenna (novel)

Music by
Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography
Joseph MacDonald

Editing by
William Reynolds

Distributed by
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Release date(s)
December 20, 1966

Running time
Original cut:
182 minutes
Roadshow cut:
196 minutes

Country
United States

Language
English
Mandarin

Budget
$12,110,000

Boxoffice
$30,017,647

[img]https://sphotos-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/p480x480/545201_10152115388116038_237937770_n.jpg[/img] rest in peace our Steve McQueen

A Stolen Life
A Stolen Life (1946)
30 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Produced by Bette Davis this is a love triangle story with identical twin sisters played by Davis (for her 2nd time btw) both angling for the same lucky guy Glenn Ford. Ford is a loner and keeper of lighthouse. Kate is the simple artist girl who finds him. Her sister is the fast paced socialite that eventually marries him. But wait! It's not over till its over. This is a well done melodrama but due to its well done and well acted quality something romance drama fans will relish.

Monsieur Rick

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
31 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit is a sublime look into the lives of returning WWII war veterans. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, by Sloan Wilson, is a novel published in 1955 about the American search for purpose in a world dominated by business.

Some get elevator jobs, like a fellow war veteran of Peck's, while Gregory Peck gets the good job as an executive writer at some million dollar company. So starts our film.

Men leave America, indeed men leave homes all over the world, to kill or be killed or at least be a part of the killing. Our lead actor, Gregory Peck, is just one of many who lands a great job in corporate position in New York City, at a mere $7000 a year (salary adjusted this would be more like 70,000 a year).

Gregory Peck, and his nagging, pushy wife Jennifer Jones get things going in this film with their modest home (which always dissatisfied Jones hates) in the suburbs. Peck is ok with the home, but Jennifer whines and harps on Peck about her dislike of the home and her desire for Peck to be more ambitious, a fighter she says, like the one she married. (this scene made me vomit)

Of course, Peck who knew and admits in the film he killed 17 people up close and personal and not from a distance, has a different view of the world. Jones was a stay at home girlfriend of Peck who didn't suffer more than a paper cut, but she has the audacity to tell Peck how to act and how to do things. The book, we are told in the special features (watch it if you can), never had her being so "bitchy".

As the film progresses, we detect a huge difference between home and office. This is what the film is all about. The corporate head played by Fred March is atypical in my opinion. I have met in my corporate life vice presidents and lower who were never this socialable or kind. Of course, our lead actor Peck gets favorable treatment because he reminds our corporate head of a son he lost in the war. This stands Peck in good order as he gets fired from his new position by his unfeeling boss, only to hang on because of the Fred March connection.

Family or success, this is the ultimate question. March bemoans giving up his family life for the role he now plays and advises Peck to not neglect his family. Peck later refuses to obey March because of his strained marriage. It seems he had a child back in the war years with a girl he truely loved. Of course, this is a problem the married Peck must face at some point with the never understanding Jones.

Jones keeps pushing the honesty line on Peck, but when Peck gives her a dose of honesty she goes nuts and wants to leave Peck. He lets his secret be known to her after a girl he left behind during the war needs funds to live in Italy. There is a boy, not sure if its his (how could it be? He only knew her for a few days and she admitted at the time to him that she was pregnant).

This is a very powerful film built on a best selling novel at the time. Its about memories, secrets, money, ambition and peace of mind. Due to Gregory Peck's impecable performance, a necessary addition to any film student's library.

Highly recommended, it has no special effects, no perversion, no nudity, no profanity. It does have some WWII scenes which are pretty graphic and intense. It is undoubtly slow paced for moviegoers today but uses Cinemascope to great effect.

Most likely because of the above it would not have succeeded in todays market...

NOTES about the film:

1 In the end, it is a story of taking responsibility for one's own life. The book by Wilson was largely autobiographical, drawing on Wilson's experiences as assistant director of the US National Citizen Commission for Public Schools.


2 The film was entered at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.


3 Both movie and book became hugely popular. The novel continues to appear in the references of sociologists to America's discontented businessman.


4 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit II appeared in 1984 - by the time of the sequel a decade has passed in the story-line.


5 In an episode of The Honeymooners, Ralph Kramden is startled when Ed Norton emerges from a manhole in full sewer worker gear. Norton replies, "Who did you expect, the man in the gray flannel suit?"

6 Starring as Bones in TV's Star Trek, DeForest Kelley appears in this movie as a medic in one of the war scenes. Appropriately, his lines generally consist of variations of "This man is dead".





Cast

Gregory Peck - Tom Rath
Jennifer Jones - Betsy Rath
Fredric March - Ralph Hopkins
Marisa Pavan - Maria Montagne
Lee J. Cobb - Judge Bernstein
Ann Harding - Helen Hopkins
Keenan Wynn - Sgt. Caesar Gardella
Gene Lockhart - Bill Hawthorne
Gigi Perreau - Susan Hopkins
Portland Mason - Janey Rath
Arthur O'Connell - Gordon Walker
Henry Daniell - Bill Ogden
Connie Gilchrist - Mrs. Manter
Joseph Sweeney - Edward M. Schultz
Sandy Descher - Barbara Rath


Directed by Nunnally Johnson
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Written by Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
Sloan Wilson (novel)

Music by Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography Charles G. Clarke
Editing by Dorothy Spencer

Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) May 8, 1956
Running time 153 min.

Agatha
Agatha (1979)
32 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Set in Victorian England this film is all about a marriage gone bad, Agatha's, but a new romance begun by Dustin with Redgrave as Agatha Christie.

Poignant, slow paced film shows how Agatha disappeared after a terrible argument with her husband (once Bond star) Tim Hutton. Dustin Hoffman as an American journalist visiting England is determined to find Agatha and falls in love with her. Turns out to be an ill fated love however and things get really interesting as Agatha plots her own suicide.

The movie didn't move me much until the last half when the action picks up to save Agatha from herself. The ending is poignant and a bit sad.

Monsieur Rick