|Beaches 1988 PG, 123 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Musical
Director: Garry Marshall
Cast: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray, Lainie Kazan, Joe Grifasi, James Read, Grace Johnston, Bo Sabato, Marcie Leeds, Mayim Bialik, Lynda Goodfriend, Carol Williard, Allan Kent, Phil Leeds
Two lifelong friends Cecilia "CC" Carol Bloom and Hillary Whitney Essex (Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey) reunite when one of them is threatened with a fatal illness. Terrific music includes "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Under the Boardwalk."
|Eight Men Out 1988 PG, 120 min.|
Director: John Sayles
Cast: D.B. Sweeney, David Strathairn, Charlie Sheen, John Cusack, John Sayles, Perry Lang, Michael Rooker, John Mahoney, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd, Clifton James, Don Harvey, Jace Alexander, James Read, Gordon Clapp
In 1919, members of the Chicago White Sox conspired to lose the World Series for personal gain. Known as the "Black Sox" scandal, this is the story of how eight team members deliberately lost the World Series because of a labor dispute with the White Sox owner, Charles Comiskey (Clifton James). Third baseman Buck Weaver (John Cusack) spent years trying to prove his innocence after the eight players were suspended for life.
|Full Circle 1996 TV, 95 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
aka: Danielle Steel's 'Full Circle'
Director: Bethany Rooney
Cast: Teri Polo, Corbin Bernsen, Rod Biermann, Reed Diamond, Erika Slezak, Eric Lutes, Allison Smith, Starletta DuPois, Mark Kiely, James Read, Sue Casey, Alice Carter, Nicolas Coster, Robert Curtis Brown, Mary Kate McGeehan
Traumatized by rape as a young girl, Tana Roberts (Teri Polo) struggles with her past by throwing herself into her career–with an affair along the way ending in disaster and bringing her full circle back to her career world. Based on Danielle Steele's novel.
|Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III 1994 TV, 260 min.|
Director: Larry Peerce
Cast: Genie Francis, Rip Torn, Billy Dee Williams, Kyle Chandler, Jonathan Frakes, Cathy Lee Crosby, Cliff De Young, Lesley-Anne Down, Mariette Hartley, Peter O'Toole, James Read, Robert Wagner
In this finale of the "North & South" miniseries, the Civil War has ended, and the Hazard and Main families enter the period of Reconstruction.
|The Initiation 1984 R, 97 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Larry Stewart
Cast: Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, Daphne Zuniga, James Read, Marilyn Kagan, Robert Dowdell, Patti Heider, Frances Peterson, Hunter Tylo, Paula Knowles
New college student and sorority pledge Kelly (Daphne Zuniga) has had fits of amnesia and violent dreams (involving her parents) since she was nine years old. Although a dream researcher has helped her, things come to a head when a sorority initiation is conducted at her father's store. A psychotic killer is on the loose, and the pledge body count mounts as Kelly's past is revealed. First-billed Vera Miles and Clu Gulager have very small parts as Kelly's parents.
|A Lot Like Love 2005 PG-13, 107 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Nigel Cole
Cast: Amanda Peet, Ashton Kutcher, Taryn Manning, Aimee Garcia, Lee Garlington, Birdie M. Hale, Tyrone Giordano, Melissa van der Schyff, Theresa Spruill, James Read, Molly Cheek, Gabriel Mann
For seven years after their first meeting on a plane, Emily and Oliver (Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher) experience chance meetings–usually at the wrong place and time–until one final moment when love, at last, conquers all.
|Midas Valley 1985 TV, 100 min.|
Director: Gus Trikonis
Cast: Jean Simmons, Robert Stack, George Grizzard, Brett Cullen, France Nuyen, Linda Purl, Catherine Mary Stewart, Joseph Hacker, James Read, Shanna Reed
"Midas" is short for "Silicon," so that pretty much says what this "Knots Landing"-like TV movie is all about. The hoped-for series that this was the pilot for didn't happen.
|North and South 1985 TV, 561 min.|
Director: Richard T. Heffron
Cast: Patrick Swayze, James Read, Lesley-Anne Down, Wendy Kilbourne, Kirstie Alley, Jean Simmons, Terri Garber, Genie Francis, David Carradine, Jonathan Frakes, Hal Holbrook, Robert Mitchum
The three-part miniseries–"North and South," North and South II," and Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III"–is based on John Jakes' novel. This, the first, story involves friendships of two West Point Cadets (Patrick Swayze and James Read) who meet 20 years prior to America's Civil War. Each comes from a powerful family–Orry Main (Patrick Swayze) grew up on a Southern plantation, and George (James Read) is from the Northern steel business. But, they manage to maintain their friendship despite growing problems in the Nation.
|North and South II 1986 TV, 570 min.|
Director: Kevin Connor
Cast: Kirstie Alley, James Read, Parker Stevenson, Lee Horsley, Hal Holbrook, Patrick Swayze, Genie Francis, Wendy Kilbourne, David Carradine, Lesley-Anne Down, Mary Crosby, Jonathan Frakes
In this continuing story involving the long friendship of Northerner George Hazard (James Read) and Southerner Orry Main (Patrick Swayze), the two find themselves in opposing armies during America's Civil War.
|Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story 1987 TV, 98 min.|
Director: Charles Jarrott
Cast: Farrah Fawcett, James Read, Kevin McCarthy, Burl Ives, Anne Francis, Bruce Davison, David Ackroyd, Stephane Audran, Tony Peck, Zoe Wanamaker, Amadeus August, Nicholas Clay, Carmen du Sautoy, Sascha Hehn, Clive Arrindell
Edited from a 250-minute TV miniseries, this film relates the sad life experiences of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton (Farrah Fawcett). When she was six years old, Barbara inherited $40 million. She was married seven times, and film star Cary Grant (James Read) was her third husband. When they divorced, Cary refused to take her fortune, but the other husbands did gain financially. When Barbara died at age 65, she had only $3,500 left from her inheritance.
|1. Beaches (1988)|
2. Eight Men Out (1988)
3. Full Circle (1996)
aka: Danielle Steel's 'Full Circle'
4. Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994)
5. The Initiation (1984)
6. A Lot Like Love (2005)
7. Midas Valley (1985)
8. North and South (1985)
9. North and South II (1986)
10. Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987)
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