|Backfire 1988 R, 90 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Director: Gilbert Cates
Cast: Karen Allen, Keith Carradine, Dean Paul Martin, Jeff Fahey, Bernie Casey, Dinah Manoff, Virginia Capers, Philip Sterling, Frances Flanagan, Dwight Koss, Antony Holland, Gordon McIntosh, Eric Schneider, Enid Saunders, Wendy Van Riesen
A Vietnam vet, Donny (Jeff Fahey), who is suffering from shell shock, is diabolically and systematically being destroyed through psychological means that threaten his marriage to Mara (Karen Allen). The question is: Who is the culprit?
|Beethoven's 2nd 1993 PG, 86 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Romance
Director: Rod Daniel
Cast: Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom, Christopher Castile, Sarah Rose Karr, Debi Mazar, Chris Penn, Jeff Corey, Virginia Capers, Maury Chaykin, Ashley Hamilton, Danny Masterson, Catherine Reitman, Heather McComb, Scott Waara
This time around, the St. Bernard, Beethoven, is still living with George and Alice Newton (Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt) and their children Ryce (Nicholle Tom), Emily (Sara Rose Karr), and Ted (Christopher Castile). Beethoven meets another St. Bernard, Missy, and she becomes his mate and bears a litter of adorable puppies. But, Missy's hateful owner Regina (Debi Mazar) takes Missy away, and plans to use her in a divorce settlement. The Newton kids kidnap the puppies and head off with their parents for a vacation in Montana–with Regina and her boyfriend Floyd (Chris Penn) in pursuit.
|Big Jake 1971 PG, 110 min.|
Genre: Western / Action
Director: George Sherman
Cast: John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum, Bobby Vinton, Bruce Cabot, Glenn Ciorbett, John Doucette, Jim Davis, John Agar, Harry Carey Jr., Gregg Palmer, Roy Jenson, Virginia Capers
Big Jake McCandles (John Wayne) is a rancher on the trail of the bad guys, led by John Fain (Richard Boone), who have taken Big Jake's grandson and are holding him for a million dollar ransom. Along the trail, Big Jake joins up with his Native American friend Sam Sharpnose (Bruce Cabot), and, together, they try to bring the kidnappers to justice and save Jacob.
|Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 PG-13, 103 min.|
Director: John Hughes
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Charlie Sheen, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Cindy Pickett, Edie McClurg, Ben Stein, Del Close, Lyman Ward, Virginia Capers, Richard Edson, Larry Flash Jenkins, Kristy Swanson
Some kids skip school, but very few skip school in the manner of Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick). Ferris calls his friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) who takes his father's classic 1961 Ferrari GT convertible and picks up Ferris and Ferris' girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara). Off they go on their adventure through Chicago that includes visits to Wrigley Field and the Art Institute as Ferris cavorts through a special day that he has reserved for his pleasures. This film will appeal to all ages and inspired a TV sitcom.
|Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 R, 97 min.|
Director: Richard Pryor
Cast: Richard Pryor, Debbie Allen, Paula Kelly, Billy Eckstine, J.J. Barry, Barbara Williams, Wings Hauser, Virginia Capers, Art Evans, Dennis Farina
This is a pretty good movie about a famous entertainer (Richard Prior) who, because of crisis in his life, must take a second look at what he has considered important.
|Lady Sings the Blues 1972 R, 144 min.|
Genre: Musical / Drama / Romance
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Cast: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, Sid Melton, Virginia Capers, Scatman Crothers, Milton Selzer, Ned Glass, Paul Hampton, Yvonne Fair, Isabel Sanford, Tracee Lyles, Norman Bartold, Clay Tanner
Diana Ross makes her film debut as singer Billy "Lady Day" Holliday in this biography of Holliday's rise and ultimate fall. The story begins in her late childhood when she is raped by a drunk and then works as a maid in a Harlem bordello. The piano man (Richard Pryor) at the bordello convinces Holiday to become a singer. She excels in the music business but turns to drugs. After trying to get clean in a sanitarium, Holliday does find a new life with gambler Louis McKay (Billy Dee Williams), but that happiness will be short-lived. Diana Ross received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her work in this movie.
|The Toy 1982 PG, 102 min.|
Director: Richard Donner
Cast: Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Scott Schwartz, Teresa Ganzel, Ned Beatty, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Annazette Chase, Virginia Capers, Don Hood, Tony King, Karen Leslie-Lyttle, B.J. Hopper, Linda McCann, Ray Spruell, Stocker Fontelieu
When Eric Bates (Scott Schwartz) visits his father U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason), the millionaire takes his lonely son to a department store and offers the precocious boy anything he wants. Eric chooses a store janitor, Jack Brown (Richard Pryor), and takes the man home as his new "toy." But roles reverse as Jack gradually teaches Eric empathy for others and becomes his devoted friend.
|Truman 1995 PG, 130 min.|
Director: Frank Pierson
Cast: Gary Sinise, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart, Colm Feore, James Gammon, Tony Goldwyn, Pat Hingle, Harris Yulin, Leo Burmester, Virginia Capers
Gary Sinise excels in his portrayal of Harry S. Truman in this made-for-TV biography. The film follows Truman from his humble beginnings in Missouri through his career changes leading to the presidency.
|1. Backfire (1988)|
2. Beethoven's 2nd (1993)
3. Big Jake (1971)
4. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
5. Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)
6. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
7. The Toy (1982)
8. Truman (1995)
9. What's Love Got to Do with It? (1993)
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