|The Addams Family 1991 PG-13, 99 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Fantasy
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Judith Malina, Dan Hedaya, Elizabeth Wilson, Dana Ivey, Paul Benedict, Carel Struycken, Christopher Hart, Jimmy Workman, John Franklin, Tony Azito, Douglas Brian Martin
Confusion reigns in the Addams' mansion when an impostor, Gordon Craven (Christopher Lloyd), pretends to be long-lost Uncle Fester. Gordon is working with his mother Abigail (Elizabeth Wilson), under instructions from attorney Tully Alford (Dan Hedaya), and they are plotting to get the wealthy Addams family's money. Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) are perfectly cast as the unassuming Mr. and Mrs. Addams.
|Arthur 2: On the Rocks 1988 PG, 113 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Bud Yorkin
Cast: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Kathy Bates, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Paul Benedict, Jack Gilford, Stephen Elliott, Ted Ross, Cynthia Sikes, Barney Martin, Thomas Barbour, Ron Canada, John C. Vennema, David O'Brien
In this sequel to "Arthur," Arthur (Dudley Moore) is now married to former waitress Linda Marolla (Liza Minnelli). When Burt Johnson (Stephen Elliott), who is the father of the girl Arthur jilted, sets out for revenge, Arthur is left broke and boozeless. Will Arthur find a way to regain his dignity, or will he go back to using alcohol as the "cure" for his problems?
|Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman 1993 TV, 90 min.|
Director: Christopher Guest
Cast: Daryl Hannah, Daniel Baldwin, William Windom, Cristi Conaway, Paul Benedict, O'Neal Compton, Victoria Haas, Frances Fisher, Lewis Arquette, Kye Benson, Edmund L. Shaff, Linda Bisesti, Hamilton Camp, Ben Cleaveland, Richard Edson
This remake of the 1958's cult film was made for cable TV. The original film provides much more enjoyable (so bad it becomes a comedy) fare. The storyline remains the same: woman grows to enormous size after encounter with alien and then gets back at her unfaithful husband.
|Cocktail 1988 R, 102 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: Roger Donaldson
Cast: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes, Laurence Luckinbill, Kelly Lynch, Ron Dean, Gina Gershon, Paul Benedict, Ellen Foley, Robert Donley, Andrea Morse, Chris Owens, Justin Louis, Allan Wasserman
Recently discharged from the Army, young Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) sets out to make a good life for himself in Manhattan. He signs up for business courses and gets a job tending bar. The Aussie barkeeper Doug Couglin (Bryan Brown) takes Brian on as his protege, and they put together an act in which they dance while mixing drinks. They become very popular but then have a falling out. Brian leaves for Jamaica where he meets and falls in love with vacationing New York City waitress Jordan Mooney (Elizabeth Shue). Then, Brian meets New York executive Bonnie (Lisa Banes) who wants Brian for herself, and he becomes her lover. Will Brian wake up in time to make the right decision about who he should spend the rest of his life with?
|Deadhead Miles 1972 R, 93 min.|
Director: Vernon Zimmerman
Cast: Alan Arkin, Paul Benedict, Hector Elizondo, Oliver Clark, Charles Durning, Loretta Swit, Ida Lupino, George Raft, Allen Garfield, Barnard Hughes
This film sat on the shelf for 10(!) years before release and is the meandering story of a meandering trucker and the people he runs across during his long-distance hauling. The interesting cast and offbeat story make this watchable.
|The Freshman 1990 PG, 103 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Andrew Bergman
Cast: Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby, Penelope Ann Miller, Frank Whaley, Jon Polito, Paul Benedict, Kenneth Welsh, Maximilian Schell, Richard Gant, Pamela Payton-Wright, B.D. Wong, Bert Parks, Tex Konig, Leonardo Cimino
New York University film student Clark Kellogg (Matthew Broderick), in need of extra cash, unwittingly becomes involved with Carmine Sabatini (Marlon Brando) in a Mafia plot to smuggle endangered animals across borders. Different and clever.
|The Front Page 1974 PG, 105 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: Billy Wilder
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia, David Wayne, Allen Garfield, Austin Pendleton, Martin Gabel, Harold Gould, Herb Edelman, Cliff Osmond, Beff Elliot, Lou Frizzell, Paul Benedict
This is the third filming (the 1940 version was titled "His Girl Friday") of the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur play. When Walter Burns' (Walter Matthau) star reporter Hildy Johnson (Jack Lemmon) plans to leave the newspaper, marry Peggy Grant (Susan Sarandon), and move to New York, Burns tries everything he can to keep Hildy with the newspaper. He offers Hildy the job of writing a story about the planned execution of Earl Williams (Ausin Pendleton), and Hildy agrees. But, Williams escapes, appears in the press room, and Hildy hides Williams in a roll top desk. Now, as Hildy waits for the chance to interview Williams, he investigates, finds political corruption and the fact that they plan to execute the wrong man. (Again remade in 1988 as "Switching Channels."
|The Goodbye Girl 1977 PG, 110 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Herbert Ross
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, Paul Benedict, Barbara Rhoades, Theresa Merritt, Michael Shawn, Nicol Williamson, Marilyn Sokol, Anita Dangler, Patricia Pearcy, Gene Castle, Daniel Levans, Victoria Boothby, Robert Costanzo
Mismatched roommates are the result of Elliott Garfield's (Richard Dreyfuss) acquiescence to financially broke Paula McFadden (Marsha Mason) and her daughter Lucy (Quinn Cummings). After all, they are living in his apartment and have nowhere to move when he arrives on the scene. The story line is predictable as the characters fall in love, and the film is a typically good Neil Simon comedy. Richard Dreyfuss won an Oscar for Best Actor. Nominations were also received for Best Actress (Mason), Supporting Actress (Cummings), Picture, and Screenplay.
|Hustling 1975 TV, 105 min.|
Director: Joseph Sargent
Cast: Lee Remick, Jill Clayburgh, Monte Markham, Alex Rocco, Melanie Mayron, Beverly Hope Atkinson, Allan Miller, Dick O'Neill, Burt Young, Paul Benedict, John Sylvester White, Burke Byrnes, Howard Hesseman, James Andronica, Clifford A. Pellow
This made-for-TV drama is based on Gail Sheey's book that follows reporter Fran Morrison (Lee Remick) as she investigates the big business of prostitution in NYC. Morrison works for a New York City magazine, and she uncovers the fact that wealthy and powerful corporations and families benefit directly from prostitution. Morrison gets more than she bargained for when her report causes a storm of controversy.
|Isn't She Great 2000 R, 94 min.|
Director: Andrew Bergman
Cast: Bette Midler, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, David Hyde Pierce, John Cleese, John Larroquette, Amanda Peet, Dina Waters, Paul Benedict
Bette Midler plays romance-novelist Jacqueline Susann, and Nathan Lane takes on the role of Susann's husband, Irving Mansfield, in this shallow rendering of the triumphs and tragedies of the ambitious Jacqueline Susann's life–cut short by cancer.
|Jeremiah Johnson 1972 PG, 107 min.|
Genre: Western / Drama
Director: Sydney Pollack
Cast: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Charles Tyner, Stefan Gierasch, Allyn Ann McLerie, Matt Clark, Paul Benedict, Josh Albee, Joaquin Martinez, Richard Angarola, Delle Bolton, Jack Colvin, Tanya Tucker
Escaping the Mexican War, Jeremiah (Robert Redford) heads to the Rocky Mountains where he meets Bear Claw (Will Geer) and, with Bear Claw's tutoring, becomes a man of nature who lives off the land and wins the friendship of the Crow Indians. But, after the Crow kill his family, Jeremiah becomes an Indian killer, and his life changes forever. This movie causes the viewer to take a fresh look at one's surroundings and appreciate nature.
|The Man with Two Brains 1983 R, 91 min.|
Director: Carl Reiner
Cast: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Randi Brooks, Sissy Spacek, Paul Benedict, Richard Brestoff, James Cromwell, George Furth, Peter Hobbs
A scientist (Steve Martin) has two women in his life. One is his nasty wife (Kathleen Turner) who he saved from an accident with his screw-top brain surgery technique. The other (Sissy Spacek's voice) is sweet tempered, but she has one major problem: she has been disembodied and all that is left is her brain. Whatever is a man to do?
|Mandingo 1975 R, 126 min.|
Director: Richard Fleischer
Cast: James Mason, Susan George, Perry King, Richard Ward, Brenda Sykes, Ken Norton, Paul Benedict, Ben Masters, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Roy Poole
Lust and man's-inhumanity-to-man are the subject matter of this story of life on a Southern plantation before the Civil War. Unusual for Mason to be in such a weak film.
|Sibling Rivalry 1990 PG-13, 88 min.|
Director: Carl Reiner
Cast: Kirstie Alley, Bill Pullman, Carrie Fisher, Jami Gertz, Scott Bakula, Sam Elliott, Ed O'Neill, Frances Sternhagen, John Randolph, Bill Macy, Matthew Laurance, Paul Benedict, Ron Orbach, Edward Escobar, Greg Collins
A young wife (Kirstie Alley) longs for more out of life than her busy doctor husband (Scott Bakula) is willing to give. Her solution is a quick jump into bed with a lover; he has a heart attack during his performance and dies. The rest of the movie deals with one twist after another involving sisters, brothers, and in-laws in hilarious episodes as they interact with one another.
|Taking Off 1971 R, 93 min.|
Director: Milos Forman
Cast: Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Linnea Heacock, Georgia Engel, Tony Harvey, Audra Lindley, Paul Benedict, Vincent Schiavelli, Kathy Bates, Allen Garfield
While searching for their runaway daughter (Linnea Heacock), parents (Lynn Carlin and Buck Henry) discover a world quite different from suburbia. Watch for bit parts played by Kathy Bates and Carly Simon.
|Up the Sandbox 1972 R, 97 min.|
Director: Irvin Kershner
Cast: Barbra Streisand, David Selby, Ariane Heller, Jane Hoffman, John C. Becher, Jacobo Morales, Paul Benedict, George S. Irving, Jane House, Rita Karin
In this witty comedy, outrageous fantasies fill the moments of boredom endured by a young housewife, Margaret Reynolds (Barbra Streisand).
|1. The Addams Family (1991)|
2. Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
3. Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993)
4. Cocktail (1988)
5. Deadhead Miles (1972)
6. The Freshman (1990)
7. The Front Page (1974)
8. The Goodbye Girl (1977)
9. Hustling (1975)
10. Isn't She Great (2000)
11. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
12. The Man with Two Brains (1983)
13. Mandingo (1975)
14. Sibling Rivalry (1990)
15. Taking Off (1971)
16. Up the Sandbox (1972)
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