|Bird 1988 R, 161 min.|
Genre: Drama / Musical
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright, Keith David, Michael McGuire, James Handy, Sam Robards, Bill Cobbs, Arlen Dean Snyder, Damon Whitaker, Morgan Nagler, Penelope Windust, Glenn Wright, George Orrison
Clint Eastwood directed this classy, but bittersweet, musical about jazz saxophone superman Charlie "Bird" Parker's (Forest Whitaker) troubled personal and professional life, which ended in his untimely death from the chronic effects of drug abuse. Although Charlie's wife Chan (Diane Venora) supports him and refuses to place Charlie in a mental institution, she cannot rescue him from his ultimate demise. The film won an Oscar for Best Sound Recording.
|Hard Times 1975 PG, 97 min.|
Director: Walter Hill
Cast: Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland, Strother Martin, Margaret Blye, Michael McGuire, Robert Tessier, Bruce Glover, Frank McRae, Felice Orlandi
During the Depression, Chaney (Charles Bronson) arrives in New Orleans and joins forces with gambler "Speed" (James Coburn). Speed becomes his manager, and Chaney becomes the under-dog boxer who ekes out a living for the two.
|Like Normal People 1979 TV, 100 min.|
Director: Harvey Hart
Cast: Shaun Cassidy, Linda Purl, Zalman King, Hope Lange, Michael McGuire, Rhea Perlman, James Keach
Rock star Shaun Cassidy makes his acting debut in this TV movie about a mentally challenged couple who decide to get married despite the outcries of their families. You will note the great similarity between this film and "No Other Love," which came out the same year. If you want to see just one, see "No Other Love."
|The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd 1980 TV, 143 min.|
Director: Paul Wendkos
Cast: Dennis Weaver, Susan Sullivan, Richard Dysart, Michael McGuire, Nigel Davenport, Arthur Hill, Mary Nell Santacroce, Larry Larson, Teddy Milford, Clarence Thomas, Luke Halpin, Bill Gribble
After assassinating Abraham Lincoln, an injured John Wilkes Booth (Bill Gribble) arrived at the farm of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd (Dennis Weaver) where the doctor set his broken leg. As a result, Mudd was falsely accused and sentenced to life in a penal colony for being part of a conspiracy to kill the President. His wife, Frances (Susan Sullivan), maintained his innocence, but it would be many years before President Andrew Jackson pardoned him.
|Partners 1982 R, 98 min.|
Director: James Burrows
Cast: Ryan O'Neal, John Hurt, Kenneth McMillan, Robyn Douglass, Jay Robinson, Rick Jason, Bridget Fonda, Denise Galik, Joseph R. Sicari, Michael McGuire, James Remar, Jennifer Ashley, Darrell Larson, Tony March, Seamon Glass
Homosexual cop Kerwin (John Hurt) joins forces with straight cop Benson (Ryan O'Neal) to solve a murder case within San Francisco's gay world.
|Report to the Commissioner 1975 PG, 112 min.|
Director: Milton Katselas
Cast: Michael Moriarty, Yaphet Kotto, Susan Blakely, Hector Elizondo, Tony King, William Devane, Stephen Elliott, Richard Gere, Vic Tayback, Michael McGuire, Edward Grover, Dana Elcar, Bob Balaban, Albert Seedman, Noelle North
An innocent rookie cop, Bo Lockley (Michael Moriarty), does not understand the politics at the NYPD and is caught in the middle when his supervisors hide evidence in a murder case. Richard Gere has a small role in his film debut as a pimp, Billy.
|1. Bird (1988)|
2. Hard Times (1975)
3. Jekyll & Hyde...Together Again (1982)
4. Like Normal People (1979)
5. The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980)
6. Partners (1982)
7. Report to the Commissioner (1975)
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