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WARREN BEATTY IN ALAN J. PAKULA'S 'THE PARALLAX VIEW'

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Warren Beatty in THE PARALLAX VIEW 1974 Rates: **** ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN director Alan J. Pakula's THE PARALLAX VIEW has a doomed...

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RICHARD RUST STEALS SAMUEL FULLER'S 'UNDERWORLD U.S.A.'

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The underwold of UNDERWORLD U.S.A. Rates: ***1/2 This gritty Samuel Fuller Post-Noir has a teenage hood trained by his hoodlum father while...

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BILL ELLIOTT IN 'CHAIN OF EVIDENCE' WITH TIMOTHY CAREY

BILL ELLIOTT IN 'CHAIN OF EVIDENCE' WITH TIMOTHY CAREY BILL ELLIOTT IN 'CHAIN OF EVIDENCE' WITH TIMOTHY CAREY

Bill Elliott in Chain of Evidence Year: 1957 Rating: ***1/2 The low-budget, room-to-room, television-like direction aside, CHAIN OF EVIDENCE...

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RALPH MEEKER AND MARLA ENGLISH IN 'DESERT SANDS'

RALPH MEEKER AND MARLA ENGLISH IN 'DESERT SANDS' RALPH MEEKER AND MARLA ENGLISH IN 'DESERT SANDS'

Marla English in DESERT SANDS Year: 1955 Rating: **** A kind of ZULU one decade earlier, b-movie company Bel Air made this Foreign Legion ad...

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MARY MITCHEL & RAQUEL WELCH DIGGING 'A SWINGIN' SUMMER'

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Raquel Welch in A Swingin' Summer 1965 Rates: ***1/2 This forgotten, parenthetical beach bikini movie actually takes place on a lake... ...

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DANA ANDREWS AND GEORGE SAUNDERS IN 'ASSIGNMENT: PARIS'

DANA ANDREWS AND GEORGE SAUNDERS IN 'ASSIGNMENT: PARIS' DANA ANDREWS AND GEORGE SAUNDERS IN 'ASSIGNMENT: PARIS'

Märta Torén in Assignment: Paris Year: 1952 Rates: ***1/2 George Saunders, the classy Brit who all but stole Alfred Hitchcock's FOREIGN ...

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MARK DANA AND ZIVA RODANN STARRING IN 'PHARAOH'S CURSE'

MARK DANA AND ZIVA RODANN STARRING IN 'PHARAOH'S CURSE' MARK DANA AND ZIVA RODANN STARRING IN 'PHARAOH'S CURSE'

Ziva Rodann in Pharaoh's Curse Year: 1957 Rates: **1/2 Infamously shot in six days, mostly in Death Valley, the Bel Air Production PHARA...

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VICTOR MATURE AND TREVOR HOWARD BATTLE IN 'PICKUP ALLEY'

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Poster art for Pickup Alley Year: 1957 Rating: **** Sometimes those late 1950's anti-drug, jazz-soaked neo noirs feature shaky method ac...

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VAL GUEST DIRECTS STANLEY BAKER IN HAMMER'S 'HELL IS A CITY'

VAL GUEST DIRECTS STANLEY BAKER IN HAMMER'S 'HELL IS A CITY' VAL GUEST DIRECTS STANLEY BAKER IN HAMMER'S 'HELL IS A CITY'

John Crawford & Lois Daine Year: 1960 Rates: **** The second and final Hammer feature with Val Guest directing his YESTERDAY'S ENEMY...

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VAL GUEST DIRECTS DISASTER IN 'THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE'

VAL GUEST DIRECTS DISASTER IN 'THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE' VAL GUEST DIRECTS DISASTER IN 'THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE'

THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE Released in 1961 A rat-a-tat dialog hybrid of THE FRONT PAGE and the doomsday-anticipation of THE DAY THE EART...

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VAL GUEST DIRECTS HAMMER'S THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN'

VAL GUEST DIRECTS HAMMER'S THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN' VAL GUEST DIRECTS HAMMER'S THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN'

If only it were only this exciting Year: 1956 Rates: *** When Hammer's thriller director Val Guest made a creature feature, it was the k...

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VAL GUEST DIRECTS STEVE COCHRAN IN 'THE WEAPON'

VAL GUEST DIRECTS STEVE COCHRAN IN 'THE WEAPON' VAL GUEST DIRECTS STEVE COCHRAN IN 'THE WEAPON'

Title: THE WEAPON Year: 1957 Rating: **** A British Post War movie ten years past, hence the real-life antique ruins where THE WEAPON is bur...

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VAL GUEST DIRECTS HAMMER'S 'THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT'

VAL GUEST DIRECTS HAMMER'S 'THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT' VAL GUEST DIRECTS HAMMER'S 'THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT'

Poster for Quatermass Year: 1955 Rates: **** An episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE four years before THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Hammer went from Noir to S...

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MICHAEL CRAIG KILLING IT FOR 'PAYROLL' AKA 'I PROMISED TO PAY'

MICHAEL CRAIG KILLING IT FOR 'PAYROLL' AKA 'I PROMISED TO PAY' MICHAEL CRAIG KILLING IT FOR 'PAYROLL' AKA 'I PROMISED TO PAY'

Originally titled PAYROLL Year: 1961 Rates: ***1/2 Early example of girl power encroaching a manly action flick, or more like widow power in...

STANLEY BAKER IN 'VIOLENT PLAYGROUND' WITH PETER CUSHING

STANLEY BAKER IN 'VIOLENT PLAYGROUND' WITH PETER CUSHING STANLEY BAKER IN 'VIOLENT PLAYGROUND' WITH PETER CUSHING

VIOLENT PLAYGROUND Year: 1958 Rates: **** A year after playing brothers in HELL DRIVERS , making Stanley Baker famous and putting cameo Davi...

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WOODY ALLEN'S CINEMATIC FANTASY 'THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO'

WOODY ALLEN'S CINEMATIC FANTASY 'THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO' WOODY ALLEN'S CINEMATIC FANTASY 'THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO'

Juliana Donald plays a theater worker who's very cute in THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO Year: 1985 Rates: **** As creative as PLAY IT AGAIN SA...

WILLIAM CAMPBELL & KATHRYN GRANT IN 'CELL 2455, DEATH ROW'

WILLIAM CAMPBELL & KATHRYN GRANT IN 'CELL 2455, DEATH ROW' WILLIAM CAMPBELL & KATHRYN GRANT IN 'CELL 2455, DEATH ROW'

Kathryn Grant with Robert Campbell in 1955 Rates: **** William Campbell plays it snarky, sneaky, cocky and blocky enough to be a young James...

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CAROL WHITE IN 'POOR COW' FEATURING TERENCE STAMP

CAROL WHITE IN 'POOR COW' FEATURING TERENCE STAMP CAROL WHITE IN 'POOR COW' FEATURING TERENCE STAMP

Carol White in POOR COW Year: 1967 Rating: ***** Since selections of POOR COW were used in the 1999 thriller THE LIMEY showing star Terence ...

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CLINT EASTWOOD STARS/DIRECTS DIRTY HARRY IN 'SUDDEN IMPACT'

CLINT EASTWOOD STARS/DIRECTS DIRTY HARRY IN 'SUDDEN IMPACT' CLINT EASTWOOD STARS/DIRECTS DIRTY HARRY IN 'SUDDEN IMPACT'

Clint Eastwood in Sudden Impact Year: 1983 Rates: **** The penultimate Dirty Harry is an exploitation of slick, mechanized 1980's violen...

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STANLEY BAKER BONDS ESPIONAGE IN 'INNOCENT BYSTANDERS'

STANLEY BAKER BONDS ESPIONAGE IN 'INNOCENT BYSTANDERS' STANLEY BAKER BONDS ESPIONAGE IN 'INNOCENT BYSTANDERS'

James Bond style poster art from 1972 Rating: ***1/2 Square-jawed British actor Stanley Baker was "considered" for James Bond... i...

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STANLEY BAKER & PETER CUSHING IN 'THE MAN WHO FINALLY DIED'

STANLEY BAKER & PETER CUSHING IN 'THE MAN WHO FINALLY DIED' STANLEY BAKER & PETER CUSHING IN 'THE MAN WHO FINALLY DIED'

Stanley Baker on poster Year: 1963 Rating: **** Not only is THE MAN WHO FINALLY DIED the second movie where Niall MacGinnis has a gun drawn ...

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DANA ANDREWS & FALLEN ANGEL BRUCE CABOT IN 'TOWN TAMER'

DANA ANDREWS & FALLEN ANGEL BRUCE CABOT IN 'TOWN TAMER' DANA ANDREWS & FALLEN ANGEL BRUCE CABOT IN 'TOWN TAMER'

Dana Andrews TOWN TAMER Year: 1965 Rates: **** In the Sixties, A.C. Lyles produced a cram-session of "Old Fogey Westerns" using ag...

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WILLIAM SYLVESTER DIGS INTO 'OFFBEAT' AKA 'THE DEVIL INSIDE'

WILLIAM SYLVESTER DIGS INTO 'OFFBEAT' AKA 'THE DEVIL INSIDE' WILLIAM SYLVESTER DIGS INTO 'OFFBEAT' AKA 'THE DEVIL INSIDE'

William resembling Chevy Affleck Year: 1961 Rating: ***1/2 There was a reason American actor William Sylvester was available for an American...

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REST IN PEACE BOND VILLAIN & ACTING LEGEND YAPHET KOTTO

REST IN PEACE BOND VILLAIN & ACTING LEGEND YAPHET KOTTO REST IN PEACE BOND VILLAIN & ACTING LEGEND YAPHET KOTTO

YAPHET KOTTO on his role as the first black Bond villain in LIVE AND LET DIE Roger Moore's first James Bond venture LIVE AND LET DIE, th...

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DENISE GALICK GETS ATTACKED IN 'HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP'

DENISE GALICK GETS ATTACKED IN 'HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP' DENISE GALICK GETS ATTACKED IN 'HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP'

Denise Galick in Humanoids of the Deep 1980  ***1/2 Not only did Roger Corman produce a JAWS-clone (directed by Barbara Peeters) where sexy ...