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 […]

Cutter’s Way (1981)

Directed by Ivan Passer Written by Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (based on the 1976 Newton Thornburg novel) Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Stephen Elliot, Patricia Donahue, Athur Rosenberg, Ann Dusenberry Tagline: Bone saw the killer. Cutter knew the motive. Trivia: Jeff Bridges got the lead role when United Artists executives were impressed with his supporting […]

Blow Out (1981)

Written and Directed by Brian De Palma Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen. John Lithgow, Dennis Franz Tagline: Murder has a sound all of its own! Trivia: One of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite films, the reason he cast John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. Blow Out is bookended with two screams: one comically feeble; the other chilling and unbearable. […]

The Great Santini (1979)

Written and Directed by Lewis John Carlino (based on the Pat Conroy novel) Starring: Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O’Keefe, Lisa Jane Persky, Stan Shaw Tagline: The Greatest Thing He Would Ever Was Let his Family Love Him Trivia: Author Pat Conroy based “The Great Santini” character on his own father. Set in the early […]

Top Secret! (1984)

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker Written by “ZAZ” and Martlyn Burke Starring: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Kemp, Christopher Villiers, Omar Shrif Tagline: From the makers of the original Airplane (not the Wright Brothers) Trivia: Val Kilmer sang and performed all the songs. From the folks who brought you Airplane and […]

Z (1969)

Directed by Costa-Gavras Written by Jorge Semprun (based on the novel by Vasilis Vassilikos) Starring: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacques Perrin Trivia: Z won the 1970 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Z is a Greek political thriller that tells a story that encapsulates the hope and tragedy of the 20th Century.  Based on real events that […]

Hoffa (1992)

Directed by Danny DeVito Written by David Mamet Starring Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J.T. Walsh, John C, Reilly, Frank Whaley Tagline: The man who was willing to pay the price for power. Trivia: Alec Baldwin narrated the trailer. Hoffa has a lot going for it, Jack Nicholson’s bravura performance as controversial labor leader James […]