|Down by Law 1986 R, 106 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin, Billie Neal, Rockets Redglare, Vernel Bagneris, Timothea, L.C. Drane, Joy N. Houck Jr., Carrie Lindsoe, Richard Boes, Dave Petitjean
Zack (Tom Waits) and Jack (John Lurie) are sent to a Louisiana prison on trumped-up charges. Once there, they join forces with their cellmate, Roberto (Roberto Benigni), in an escape attempt that leaves them adrift on the bayou.
|French Quarter 1978 R, 101 min.|
Director: Dennis Kane
Cast: Virginia Mayo, Bruce Davison, Lindsay Bloom, Alisha Fontaine, Ann Michelle, Vernel Bagneris, Lance LeGault, Stocker Fontelieu, Becky Allen, Anna Filamento, William Simms, Laura Misch Owens, Don Hood, Stanley Reyes, Sylvia Kuumba Williams
Each performer in this film has dual roles: one in modern times and the other in the past. The story begins in the early 1900s in New Orleans' red-light district and then covers the characters' reincarnations many years later. Affected by a voodoo curse, they are all living new lives despite what their futures might hold.
|Pennies from Heaven 1981 R, 108 min.|
Director: Herbert Ross
Cast: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Jessica Harper, Christopher Walken, Vernel Bagneris, John McMartin, John Karlen, Nancy Parsons, Will Hare
A songwriter and peddler (Steve Martin) endures a rather drab existence, but he lives out his fantasies through his song lyrics. Many song numbers are worked into the script to show the difference between Martin's dreary real life and his carefree dream world.
|Proud 2004 PG, 88 min.|
aka: Proudly We Served
Director: Mary Pat Kelly
Cast: Erik LaRay Harvey, Ossie Davis, Albert Jones, Jeffrey Nash, Stephen Rea, Rashad Haughton, Kiesha Whitaker, Aidan Quinn, Darnell Williams, Vernel Bagneris, Denise Nicholas, Edward O'Blenis Jr.
Veteran Lorenzo DuFau (Ossie Davis) tells grandson Larry (Albert Jones) the story of his military service during World War II with the predominantly Black crew that manned the Navy war ship, U.S.S. Mason. Flashbacks are used to illustrate many points of the story.
|1. Down by Law (1986)|
2. French Quarter (1978)
3. Pennies from Heaven (1981)
4. Proud (2004)
aka: Proudly We Served
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