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year: 2014 rating: **1/2 A combination of SPIES LIKE US, as two inept goofballs are sent overseas on a dangerous government mission, wit...

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year: 2014 rating: *** Starting much like the middle of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK or the beginning of THE EXORCIST, we learn an Egypt ar...

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LARAMIE
2)JAWS
3)LAURA
4)VIOLENT
SATURDAY
5)CANYON
PASSAGE
6)ANATOMY
OF A
MURDER
7)THE BEST
YEARS OF
OUR LIVES
8)THE
FEARMAKERS
9)LAWRENCE
OF ARABIA
10)DOCTOR
ZHIVAGO

FAV FILM NOIR
FOLLOWING
THOSE ON THE
LIST UP ABOVE
1)FALLEN ANGEL
2)THE BIG HEAT
3)WHERE THE
SIDEWALK ENDS
4)JOURNEY
INTO FEAR
5)SUNSET
BOULEVARD

GUMSHOE NOIR
1)MURDER MY
SWEET
2)KISS ME
DEADLY
3)CHINATOWN
4)THE LONG
GOODBYE
5)MALTESE
FALCON
MAFIA GANGSTER
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4)ROARING
TWENTIES
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1)DANA ANDREWS
2)JAMES CAGNEY
3)GENE HACKMAN
4)MARLON BRANDO
5)ORSON WELLES
6)PETER O'TOOLE
CULT ACTORS
1)CHARLES
BRONSON
2)TOM
COURTENAY
3)VICTOR
MATURE
4)MALCOLM
MCDOWELL
5)LAWRENCE
TIERNEY
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CAREY

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4)OTTO PREMINGER
5)ORSON WELLES
6)DAVID LEAN
7)ALFRED
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8)JOHN LANDIS
9)SAM PECKINPAH
10)MICHAEL WINNER
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2)CURSE OF
THE DEMON
3)CORVETTE
SUMMER
4)HOT CARS
5)THE ONLY
GAME IN
TOWN
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DRIVER
8)ASH
WEDNESDAY
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OF THE
MOUNTAIN
10)OTLEY

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2)HARDCORE
3)BIG WEDNESDAY
4)RAIDERS OF THE
LOST ARK
5)FIVE EASY PIECES
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