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Spitfire (The First of the Few)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

While crudely filmed, it is quite effective as a movie. Sadly, half the film or more is devoted to NOT the Spitfire. It goes into airplane races and trophies. Lots of hurray, pip pip and jolly good. But the story of the development of the plane that virtually saved England during the Nazi Blitz should not be ignored.




Actor and producer Leslie Howard (Gone With the Wind)

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stars with David Niven

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in this informative history lesson about Hitler's designs on Great Britain. Airplane development is most desired and this is the story of the man who did it, an artist named Mitchell.

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Leslie Howard's portrayal of Mitchell has a special significance since Howard was killed when the transport aircraft in which he was a passenger was shot down by the Luftwaffe one year after the film was released.



A newsreel sets the scene for summer 1940, showing Nazi advances in Europe with England facing invasion and aerial attacks on the island increasing. On 15 September 1940, during the Battle of Britain, RAF Squadron Leader Geoffrey Crisp (David Niven), the station commander of a Spitfire squadron, recounts the story of how his friend, R.J. Mitchell (Leslie Howard) designed the Spitfire fighter.


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Lots of great fighter footage, landings, etc. Great for WWII aviator film buffs. Shows what it was really like on the ground when the Bosch, ie Germans, came attacking England.

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SEE it at :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ijTSenYJ-s

or if that doesn't work,

http://www.archive.org/details/TheFirstOfTheFew



REVIEWS of the film:


1 I can´t believe this visionary designer had no official recognition. It´s unacceptable and shameful for the RAF and British Empire. Such things may occur. But the course of life has conferred him the historic recognition which is invaluable: the best warbird ever.------laserie2


2 80%
...with great performances. Certainly worth the watch, though a restored print would be nice.


3 70%
FINE WW2 ACTIONER, NICELY DONE BY LESLIE HOWARD





NOTEs about the film:


1 The film's title alludes to Winston Churchill's speech describing Battle of Britain aircrew: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

2 Howard portrayed Mitchell as upper class and mild-mannered. Mitchell - "the Guv'nor" - was in fact working class and had an explosive temper; apprentices were told to watch the colour of his neck and to run if it turned red.


3 Full length feature drama about Supermarine and the war. Contains actual Supermarine footage not available anywhere else.




Directed by Leslie Howard
Produced by Leslie Howard
George King
John Stafford
Written by Henry C. James
Kay Strueby
Miles Malleson
Anatole de Grunwald

Music by William Walton
Cinematography Georges Périnal
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK), RKO Radio Pictures Inc. (USA)


Principal credited cast members (in order of on-screen credits) and roles


Leslie Howard R.J. Mitchell
David Niven Geoffrey Crisp
Rosamund John Diana Mitchell
Roland Culver Commander Bride
Anne Firth Miss Harper
David Horne Mr. Higgins
J.H. Roberts Sir Robert McLean
Derrick De Marney Squadron Leader Jefferson
Rosalyn Boulter Mabel Lovesay
Herbert Cameron MacPherson
Toni Edgar-Bruce (as Toni Edgar Bruce) Lady Houston
Gordon McLeod Major Buchan
George Skillan Henry Royce
Erik Freund Willy Messerschmitt
Fritz Wendhausen (as F.R. Wendhausen) Von Straben
John Chandos Krantz
Victor Beaumont Von Crantz
Suzanne Clair Madeleine
Filippo Del Giudice Bertorelli
Brefni O'Rorke The Specialist


Release date(s) 14 September 1942
Running time 118 minutes (UK), 90 minutes (USA)
Country UK


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Paul McCartney's Get Back
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Directed by Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night, HELP!) who came out of retirement to film this tour documentary film. Paul McCartney's first world tour in 13 years, this is a composite mix of many if not all the cities they visited.

His wife Linda is on stage to perform along with several others (unknown to me, but might be from his group Wings).

Has 22 complete live musical performances of Beatle and solo McCartney hit songs. Filmed before sell out crowds in 45 cities in 13 countries, includes the Guiness book record for the then largest audience ever to see a solo performance (Rio de Janeiro) at 184,368 fans.

92 minutes of well shot and edited concert footage. I didn't care much for all the editing that packed in so many cities during a single song. Dolby stereo in vhs format. Rated PG (why I don't know, but the case says for some material not suited to children).

Haven't rewatched this again. The first time was enough with only one Beatle present. Some songs were toyed with, updated or something like that so they weren't faithful to the original songs. Includes lesser known songs from Wings as well.

This is not just one concert but many spliced together for each song.

The Way We Were
7 months 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
7 months 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)
7 months 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