|King Kong 1976 PG, 134 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Fantasy / Thriller / Romance
Director: John Guillermin
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph, Rene Auberjonois, Julius Harris, Jack O'Halloran, Ed Lauter, John Agar, Dennis Fimple, Jorge Moreno, Mario Gallo, John Lone, Garry Walberg, Keny Long
Fred Wilson (Charles Grodin) is an oil magnate sailing to a Pacific island looking for petroleum. Also on board is stowaway paleontologist Jack Prescott (Jeff Bridges) who warns that prehistoric monsters inhabit the island. While still heading for the island, they pick up Dwan (Jessica Lange, in her film debut) who has been shipwrecked. They arrive on the island, run into King Kong, and Dwan becomes the object of Kong's attention. Wilson locks Kong up in the cargo hold of the ship and brings him to New York City where Kong escapes and climbs the World Trade Center looking for safety.
|The Laughing Policeman 1973 R, 111 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller
aka: An Investigation of Murder
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Cast: Walter Matthau, Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett Jr., Anthony Zerbe, Anthony Costello, Cathy Lee Crosby, Joanna Cassidy, Albert Paulsen, William Hansen, Paul Koslo, Val Avery, Mario Gallo, Shirley Ballard, Jonas Wolfe, Frances Lee McCain
Policemen Jake Martin (Walter Matthau) and Leo Larson (Bruce Dern) track down a psychopath who killed all the passengers on a San Francisco bus. Jake's partner was one of the victims, and it is feared that the killer will strike again. The clues lead to dead ends, but will one final clue lead to the mass murderer?
|Raging Bull 1980 R, 130 min.|
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Martin Scorsese, Geraldine Smith, Theresa Saldana, Frank Adonis, Mario Gallo, Michael Badalucco, John Turturro, Joseph Bono, Frank Topham, Lori Anne Flax
Robert De Niro won the Academy Award for his performance as Jake La Motta, boxing's middleweight champion. Jake's brother Joey (Joe Pesci) has helped him gain the right to fight for the title against Sugar Ray Robinson. Then, jealousy raises its ugly head over Jake's wife Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), and the self-destructive Jake takes out his rage in the ring. A downward spiral is inevitable, and Jake not only loses his title but also destroys his marriage to Vickie and his relationship with Joey as well. The boxing scenes are works of art in this well-presented film. Other Oscar nominations included Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci), Supporting Actress (Cathy Moriarty), and Director (Martin Scorsese).
|Revenge of the Ninja 1983 R, 90 min.|
Director: Sam Firstenberg
Cast: Sho Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye, Arthur Roberts, Mario Gallo, Grace Oshita
In this sequel to "Enter the Ninja," excessive blood and gore mark the kung fu adventure about a Japanese warrior (Cho Osaki/Black Ninja) who comes to the U.S. and opens a doll shop. But he soon discovers that his friend has involved him in a heroin smuggling operation (drugs are hidden in the dolls), and Cho vows to avenge the betrayal. Followed by "Ninja III: The Domination."
|A Woman Under the Influence 1974 R, 155 min.|
Director: John Cassavetes
Cast: Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Matthew Cassel, Matthew Laborteaux, Angelo Grisanti, Katherine Cassavetes, Lady Rowlands, Fred Draper, O.G. Dunn, John Finnegan, Christina Grisanti, Mario Gallo, Eddie Shaw, James Joyce, Charles Horvath
Mabel Longhetti (Gena Rowlands) is married to construction worker Nick (Peter Falk) and is the mother of three children. The pressures of being a suburban housewife weigh on Mabel, and she suffers a mental breakdown. After spending six months in a mental hospital, Mabel returns home to a "welcome party" and experiences an emotional meltdown that puts her marriage in further jeopardy. Rowlands was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award.
|1. King Kong (1976)|
2. The Laughing Policeman (1973)
aka: An Investigation of Murder
3. Raging Bull (1980)
4. Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
5. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
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