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JIM BROWN, DON STROUD AND GEORGE KENNEDY 'TICK, TICK, TICK'

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George Maharis up to no good for DEATH FLIGHT Year: 1977 Rates: ***1/2 Killing two birds with one stone... the death of ROUTE 66 star George...

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JIM BROWN, MARTIN LANDAU & BRUCE GLOVER IN 'BLACK GUNN'

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BLAXPLOITATION MEXPLOITATION HYBRID WESTERN '100 RIFLES'

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Title: 100 RIFLES Year: 1969 Rating: **1/2 Word has it Burt Reynolds and  Raquel Welch couldn't stand each other on the set of Tom Gries...

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JACK NICHOLSON DRIVES 'THE PASSENGER' WITH IAN HENDRY

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JACK NICHOLSON IN MONTE HELLMAN'S 'BACK DOOR TO HELL'

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JACK NICHOLSON & FAY SPAIN IN MONTE HELLMAN'S 'FLIGHT TO FURY'

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JAMES CAGNEY IN 'CAPTAINS OF THE CLOUDS' WITH DENNIS MORGAN

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CHARLES BRONSON RUSSIAN THROUGH DON SIEGEL'S 'TELEFON'

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title: BORDERLINE year: 1980 stars: Charles Bronson rating: * Before Charles Bronson spent the 1980's working with Cannon Films, usually...

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Title: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN Year: 1957 Rating: ***1/2 Director Jack Arnold had a way of taking the most fantastical stories and maki...

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MICHAEL GOUGH CONTROLS 'KONGA' FEATURING CLAIRE GORDON

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Title: KONGA Year: 1961 Rating: ***1/2 A movie that finally proves dumb things can sound smart when spoken in an English accent as Michael ...

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title: THREE THE HARD WAY year: 1974 cast: Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly rating: **** A mad scientist and a white supremacis...

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