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Patton (1970)

It's hard to imagine Patton making a huge impact in 1970, in the middle of the Vietnam War and toward the end of the "Peace 'n' Love" era. But watching the movie, it's easy to see how Patton is not presented as an authority figure, but as an outcast, a rebel that constantly butts heads with colleagues and commanders. Moreover, George C. Scott's intuitive, powerhouse performance paints a complex picture of a steadfast soldier that believed firmly in reincarnation, colorful language, and the glories of war. read more...
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    • Takes itself Seriously ▶ Yes please
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Patton (1970)

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  • With: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong, Carey Loftin, Albert Dumortier, Frank Latimore, Morgan Paull, Karl Michael Vogler, Bill Hickman
  • Written by: Francis Ford Coppola, Edmund H. North, based on "factual material" by Ladislas Farago, Omar N. Bradley
  • Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 172 minutes
  • Release Date: 02/03/1970
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Men in War (1957)

I'm a huge fan of director Anthony Mann, but not a huge fan of war films, so Mann's Men in War (1957) was a movie I wasn't exactly looking forward to, but knew I'd have to tackle someday, for better or for worse. Thankfully, it turns out to be a very good film, pure Mann, and I'm glad I saw it. read more...
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Men in War (1957)

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  • With: Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Robert Keith, Phillip Pine, Nehemiah Persoff, Vic Morrow, James Edwards, L. Q. Jones, Scott Marlowe, Adam Kennedy
  • Written by: Philip Yordan and/or Ben Maddow, based on a novel by Van Van Praag
  • Directed by: Anthony Mann
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
  • Release Date: 03/18/1957
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The Godfather Part III (1990)

Very few have stepped up to bat to defend The Godfather Part III (1990), which I consider a masterpiece and the equal of Parts I and II. As Coppola reveals (several times) in his commentary track, Godfather III was originally to be called The Death of Michael Corleone, and that's essentially what it is. It's the final chapter of a dark life and an epilogue -- one that ends appropriately with a whimper instead of a bang. read more...
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The Godfather Part III (1990)

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  • With: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda, Sofia Coppola, Raf Vallone, Franc D'Ambrosio, Donal Donnelly, Richard Bright, Helmut Berger, Don Novello, John Savage, Franco Citti
  • Written by: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
  • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • MPAA Rating: R for violence and language
  • Running Time: 162 minutes
  • Release Date: 12/19/1990
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The Big Heat (1953)

The Big Heat is generally recognized as one of Fritz Lang's strongest pictures from his American period. Glenn Ford plays a detective whose wife (Jocelyn Brando) is killed after he pokes his nose too far into a local gangster's business. Lee Marvin co-stars as a nasty thug in charge of funny business and Gloria Grahame all but steals the picture as his smart-aleck girlfriend. The most famous scene has Marvin pitching a pot of hot coffee into Grahame's face, but the most powerful scene shows Ford at home enjoying his family life for a good five minutes before an explosion ends his wife's life -- Lang at his cruelest. read more...
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    The Big Heat (1953)

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    • With: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, Peter Whitney, Willis Bouchey, Robert Burton, Adam Williams, Howard Wendell, Chris Alcaide, Michael Granger, Dorothy Green, Carolyn Jones
    • Written by: Sydney Boehm, based on a "Saturday Evening Post" serial by William P. McGivern
    • Directed by: Fritz Lang
    • MPAA Rating: Unrated
    • Running Time: 89 minutes
    • Release Date: 10/13/1953
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    Bird (1988)

    Any true fan knows about Clint Eastwood's love for jazz music. Many of his urban action films feature jazzy soundtracks, sometimes performed by the man himself (who plays a mean piano). Eastwood made the switch from Hollywood icon to great world director with his viciously underrated Bird (1988). This gentle, moody bio-pic of Charlie Parker (brilliantly played by Forest Whitaker) emphasized slowness and darkness, taking time to explore the corners of Parker's life, rather than zooming over the surface. Diane Venora plays a sympathetic Chan Parker, and Samuel E. Wright is Dizzy Gillespie. read more...
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      Bird (1988)

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      • With: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright, Keith David, Michael McGuire, James Handy, Damon Whitaker, Morgan Nagler, Arlen Dean Snyder, Sam Robards, Penelope Windust, Glenn T. Wright, George Orrison, Bill Cobbs, Hamilton Camp, Chris Bosley, George T. Bruce, Joey Green, John Witherspoon, Tony Todd, Jo De Winter, Richard Zavaglia, Anna Levine, Al Pugliese, Hubert Kelly, Billy J. Mitchell, Karl Vincent, Lou Cutell, Roger Etienne, Jason Bernard, Gretchen Oehler, Richard McKenzie, Tony Cox, Diane Salinger
      • Written by: Joel Oliansky
      • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
      • MPAA Rating: R
      • Running Time: 160 minutes
      • Release Date: 04/30/1988
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