The Prisoner Episode 3: “A, B, and C”

Directed by Pat Jackson Written by Anthony Skene Airdate: October 13, 1967 In “A, B, and C” The Prisoner explored a concept that would guide the 2009 Christopher Nolan film Inception – dream infiltration. In the episode Number Six is drugged with high powered sedatives, allowing his captors watch his dreams on a screen in a ploy to learn why he […]

The Sugarland Express (1974)

Directed by Steven Spielberg Written by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins Starring: Goldie Hawn, William Atherton, Michael Sacks, Ben Johnson Tagline: Based on a real life event that happened in Texas in 1969. Trivia: Spielberg shot the film in continuity. Steven Spielberg’s first feature film The Sugarland Express still stands one of the most impressive debuts in American […]

Winter Kills (1979)

Written and Directed by William Richert (based on the Richard Condon novel) Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Sterling Hayden, Belinda Bauer Tagline: They are the power.  Protected by violence and ruled by corruption. Trivia: Most of the film was shot in 1976, three years before getting a release date. A more expanded version […]

The Prisoner Episode 2: “The Chimes of Big Ben”

Directed by Don Chaffey Written by Vincent Tisley Original Airdate: October 6, 1967 “The Chimes of Big Ben” opens with Number Six adjusting to life in the village while remaining ever defiant towards his captors.  A new Number Two (the first of many) played by Leo McKern aims to break Number Six through kindness and gamesmanship. There’s little […]

The Prisoner Episode 1 “Arrival”

Directed by Don Chaffey Written by George Markstein and David Tomblin Original Airdate: September 28, 1967 The Prisoner influenced all television that came after, pushing the possibilities of the medium as far as it could go.  Starring Patrick McGoohan as the nameless “Number Six” who will try to unravel the mysteries of “the village.”  The show is dated in some ways, […]

Pit Stop (1969)

Written and Directed by Jack Hill Starring: Richard Davalos, Ellen Burstyn, Sid Haig, Beverly Washburn Tagline: Crash-O-Rama! Trivia: Prior to filming, Sid Haig did not know how to drive a car. Fast cars, rock and roll, and existentialism shape the mid-tempo groove of Jack Hill’s 1969 Drive-In movie classic Pit Stop.  The film’s protagonist Rick Bowman aims to […]

Some Came Running (1958)

Directed Vincente Minnelli Written by John Patrick and Arthur Sheekman (based on the James Jones novel) Starring: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Martha Hyer, Arthur Kennedy, and Nancy Gates. Tagline: Dave was back and the whole town knew that trouble – and women – were close behind! Trivia: Mostly filmed in Madison, Indiana, an […]