|1776 1972 G, 141 min.|
Genre: Family / Musical / Drama
Director: Peter H. Hunt
Cast: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Roy Poole, David Ford, Ronald Holgate, Ray Middleton, Blythe Danner, Donald Madden, John Cullum, William Hansen, Haward Caine, Virginia Vestoff, Emory Bass, Ralston Hill
Almost the entire cast of the popular Broadway musical is featured in this film about conflicts behind the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
|The Day After 1983 TV, 126 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Drama
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Cast: Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Cullum, John Lithgow, Amy Madigan, Bibi Besch, Lori Lethin, Jeff East, Georgann Johnson, William Allen Young, Calvin Jung, Dennis Lipscomb, Lin McCarthy, Clayton Day
During the mid-1980s, a Soviet-launched nuclear bomb falls on a small Kansas town. This made-for-TV film follows the aftermath, highlighting the effects and actions of the residents who are confronted with radioactive fallout and their friends and relatives being killed. Among the residents are Dr. Oakes (Jason Robards) who keeps busy at the University hospital, bride-to-be Denise Dahlberg (Lori Lethin), and graduate student Stephen Klein (Steve Guttenberg). The graphic nature of the film resulted in a massive public reaction.
|Hamlet 1964 N/R, 199 min.|
Director: Bill Colleran, John Gielgud
Cast: Richard Burton, Hume Cronyn, Alfred Drake, Barnard Hughes, Eileen Herlie, William Redfield, John Cullum, John Gielgud, Frederick Young, Michael Ebert, George Rose, George Voskovec, Hugh Alexander, Dillon Evans, Linda Marsh
This version of Shakespeare's play was filmed with a process that made the dark story even darker during a live performance on Broadway. Richard Burton excels in his role of Prince Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. Soon after Hamlet's father is killed, his mother, Queen Gertrude (Eileen Herlie), marries her brother-in-law Claudius (Alfred Drake). When the ghost of Hamlet's father returns, he tells Hamlet that Claudius murdered him and demands that Hamlet seek revenge. Hamlet fakes madness to avoid suspicion, and before it is over, not only Claudius, but Gertrude, Hamlet's chief counselor Polonius (Hume Cronyn) and Polonius' daughter Ophelia (Linda Marsh)–who loves Hamlet– and Hamlet all lie dead. John Gielgud directed the Broadway production (and was also the voice of the Ghost); Bill Colleran directed the filming, using 15 cameras to catch all of the action.
|Held Up 1999 PG-13, 90 min.|
Director: Steve Rash
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Nia Long, Barry Corbin, John Cullum, Jake Busey, Michael Shamus Wiles, Eduardo Yanez, Sarah Paulson, Diego Fuentes, Julie Hagerty, Roselyn Sanchez, Sam Gifaldi, Dalton James, Sam Vlahos, Andrew Jackson
A Chicago businessman, Michael Dawson (Jamie Foxx), finds his vacation plans going awry when his girlfriend Rae (Nia Long) dumps him. As if that isn't bad enough, he then is taken hostage by migrant thugs, and his problems continue.
|Inherit the Wind 1999 PG, 127 min.|
Director: Daniel Petrie
Cast: Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Piper Laurie, Beau Bridges, Tom Everett Scott, John Cullum, Kathryn Morris, Lane Smith, Brad Greenquist, Peter Mackenzie
Based on the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, this made-for-TV offering features Jack Lemmon in the role of defense attorney Henry Drummond, while George C. Scott takes on the role of the grumpy prosecutor, Matthew Harrison Brady. The excellent cast provides a high level of drama in this classic argument over the right to teach evolution in schools.
|The Night Listener 2006 R, 91 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Drama / Thriller
Director: Patrick Stettner
Cast: Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Rory Culkin, Sandra Oh, Bobby Cannavale, Joe Morton, John Cullum, Lisa Emery, Becky Ann Baker, Rodrigo Lopresti
Gay radio show host Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams) receives a book written by teenager Pete D. Logand (Rory Culkin) describing his earlier years of being sexually abused by his parents. Now, Pete is living in Wisconsin under the watchful care of his guardian, Donna D. Logand (Toni Collette). Impressed with the book, Gabriel begins a telephone friendship with Pete and with Donna. When Gabriel's ex-boyfriend Jess (Bobby Cannavale) suggests that Donna's and Pete's voices sound alike and that Gabriel may be the victim of a hoax, Gabriel heads for Wisconsin where a game of cat-and-mouse ensues.
|The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 R, 91 min.|
Director: Mary Harron
Cast: Gretchen Mol, Chris Bauer, Jared Harris, Sarah Paulson, Cara Seymour, David Strathairn, Lili Taylor, John Cullum, Matt McGrath, Austin Pendleton, Norman Reedus, Tara Subkoff, Dallas Roberts, Victor Slezak
The personal and professional lives of one of America's first sex icons, Bettie Page (Gretchen Mol), who was a pin-up model in the 1950s, is the subject of this biography that begins and ends with Estes Kefauver's Senate Sub-committee hearings on the subject of pornography.
|1. 1776 (1972)|
2. The Day After (1983)
3. Hamlet (1964)
4. Held Up (1999)
5. Inherit the Wind (1999)
6. The Night Listener (2006)
7. The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)
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