Westworld (1973)

Written and Directed by Michael Crichton Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin Tagline: Boy, we have got a vacation for you Trivia: Unsurprisingly, a trip to Disneyland inspired Crichton to write the story. Westworld imagined an adult themed amusement park where the well to do can visit a historical period from the past: Roman, […]

The Paper Chase (1973)

Written and Directed by James Bridges Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman Tagline: You may be looking at a future President, Supreme Court Justice, Secretary of State or a dropout. Trivia: The Paper Chase also became the basis for a successful TV Series. The Paper Chase made Law School seem sort of cool.  Timothy […]

Star Wars (1977)

Written and Directed by George Lucas Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker Tagline: A long time ago in galaxy far, far away . . . Trivia: Star Wars lost the 1978 Best Picture Oscar to Annie Hall. Star Wars surpassed the expectations of […]

The Iron Giant (1999)

Directed by Brad Bird Written by Tim McCanlies (based on the novel by Ted Hughes) Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, Eli Marienthal Tagline: It Came From outer Space! Trivia: Pete Townshend produced the film and even made an album based on the novel by Ted Hughes. Retro is the word for The […]

Ladybug, Ladybug (1963)

Directed by Frank Perry Written by Eleanor Perry and Lois Dickert Starring William Daniels, Kathryn Hays, Jane Hoffman Tagline: Frank and Eleanor Perry, makers of David and Lisa, have produced a new motion picture . . . a picture dedicated to life. Trivia: Inspired by a real life incident that occurred at a school during the […]

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

  Directed by Robert Wise Written by Nelson Gidding (based on the Michael Crichton novel) Starring: Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson, Kate Reid Tagline: The Suspense Will Last Through Your Lifetime! Trivia: Universal Studios used many of the special effects developed for the film for their TV productions throughout the decade. One of the […]

The Ninth Configuration (1980)

Written and Directed by William Peter Blatty Starring: Stacy Keach, Jason Miller, Scott Wilson, Ed Flanders, Robert Loggia Tagline: Madness is a soldier’s last retreat. Trivia: Budapest, Hungary served as substitute for the Pacific Northwest. William Peter Blatty’s adaptation of his own novel Twinkle Twinkle, Killer Kane takes place at a mental hospital for Vietnam Veterans.  The novel and […]