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映画スタートThe Duel at Silver Creek映画カット

The Duel at Silver Creek
1952 western directed by Don Siegel, well known for the classic 1956 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and several Clint Eastwood films including, Coogan’s Bluff, Two Mules for Sister Sara, The Beguiled and Dirty Harry.

Among his other westerns of note are Flaming Star, Death of a Gunfighter and The Shootist. On a personal note, he di-rected the Charles Bronson movie Telefon, in which my for-mer junior high school is actually blown up.

Starring Audie Murphy, won was the most decorated soldier in World War II and went on to a film career.
The movie
The movie This was the first movie where Murphy played a character other than himself and was a good guy throughout the film. Not a deep thoughtful western, but good scenery and the female lead, Faith Domeague has some great costumes. Also of note, look for Lee Marvin in his first created big screen outing.

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映画スタートThe Royal Scandal映画カット

The Royal Scandal
2001 Sherlock Holmes film, the third in a series starring Matt Frewer, best known as Max Headroom.
The movie
Made for the US Hallmark Channel, the series included:

Sherlock Holmes in four Hallmark productions:

• The Hound of the Baskervilles (2000), based on the novel of the same name

• The Sign of Four (2001) based on the novella of the same name

• The Royal Scandal (2001), an adaptation of the short stories A Scandal in Bohemia and The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans

• The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire
(2002), an orig-inal story

With all the recent interest in Holmes, this lesser made for TV movies is of note for a different actor’s approach to the character. I don’t think Frewer would ever be in the top 20 or even 50 Holmes actors, since he tends to get Sherlock’s annoying manner without getting the lovable bits. Production and supporting cast are good.

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映画スタートSergeants 3映画カット

Sergeants 3

1962 remake of Gunga Din, as a western. Directed by John Sturges, best known for The Great Escape, and The Magnificent Seven, a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.

The movie
A western version of Gunga Din, less serious and notable as the final movie with all the members of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. I remember enjoying this movie in the theater when I was in high school. But was not able to see it for a long since it was not released to video until Frank Sinatra’s Death in 2008. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy the light hearted film.

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映画スタートLassiter映画カット

Lassiter

1984 adventure set in 193os London. One of a few theatrical movies directed by TV director Roger Young, it did not cash in on the Magnum P.I. popularity of Tom Selleck.

The movie
I enjoyed this movie even though it only made $17 million dollars from a budget of $20 million. I think Sellack played a lovable rogue and was supported by a talented cast, not to mention the 2 beauties in the film, Jane Seymour and Lauren Hutton. Don’t be put off by the 1930s setting, this is a good caper/spy movie.

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映画スタートLion in Winter映画カット

The Lion in Winter

1968 movie based on the broadway play by James Goldman. It was the recently late Peter O’Toole’s second outing as Henry II. A great movie it is.

The movie
The script is outstanding and the cast superb. With O’Toole are Katherine Hepburn in one of her Academy Award winning roles, Anthony Hopkins in his debut outing. Supporting them, all excellent, were John Castle, Nigel Terry, Timothy Dalton and Nigel Stock. A winner of the Oscars for Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Music Score. It lost out for Best Picture, but did win the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama.

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映画スタートShooter映画カット

Shooter

2007 thriller movie based on a novel by Stephen Hunter. It stars Mark Wahlberg as a former U.S. Marine sniper framed for murder and hunted by his framers as well as the FBI. The stand out villains in the piece include Danny Glover as an ex-Colonel setting up Wahlberg. He is supported in this by Elias Koteas and Rade Šerbedžija with Ned Beatty as their superior.

The movie
Shooter stands slightly above the typical action thriller. It has a lot of violence, but adds in good locales and scenery. Although the story partially takes place in Montana, my home state, it was actually filmed in British Columbia, Canada. Don’t take this film to seriously, just enjoy the characters. Bob Lee Swagger is the subject of 7 novels, but there is no word if any others will make the big screen.

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映画スタートStagecoach映画カット

Stagecoach

The classic B&W western by John Ford that made John Wayne a super star. Has an all-star cast, including Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Louise Platt, George Bancroft, Donald Meek and Tom Tyler.

The movie
Listed in many top 10 movie lists. Orson Welles claimed to have watched it more than 40 times, as a textbook example of how to make a film, while making Citizen Kane. This is a very rewatchable movie and a must see for the film aficionado.

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映画スタートCrossfire Trail映画カット

Crossfire Trail

Numerous Louis L’Amour novels and stories have made it to both the big screen and television. Look to the talented cast in this movie that includes many favorites. Tom Selleck, Virginia Madsen, Wilford Brimley, Christian Kane (from Leverage), Barry Corbin, Joanna Miles, William Sanderson, with Brad Johnson and NCIS’s Mark Harmon as the main villains.

The movie
The 2001 western about a man who keeps his promises ranked as the most watched cable TV movie ever for 6 years until unseated by High School Musical 2 in 2007. Great scenery and director Simon Wincer has produced many very enjoyable films and TV shows. Including: Lonesome Dove (1989) (mini-series), Quigley Down Under (1990), Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991), Free Willy (1993), The Phantom (1996), The Echo of Thunder (1998), Comanche Moon (2008) (mini-series) and The Cup (2011).

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映画スタートThunder Road映画カット

Thunder Road

Made in 1958, this is one of the best moonshiner movies made, even though it is in B&W. Arthur Ripley, who helped establish the UCKA Film Center, came out of retirement at the request of the star and producer Robert Mitchum to direct this film.

The movie
Loosely based on a real incident, one notable point about this film is that it included the title song “The Ballad of Thunder Road” recorded (1957) and co-written by Mitchum. It made Billboard’s Hot 100 twice in 1958 and 1962. The movie version was sung by Randy Sparks. Mitchum recorded 2 music albums and charted with one of them as well as 3 of his songs.

Mitchum had wanted Elvis Presley to play his younger brother, but his requested salary would have been broke the budget. All cars used in the movie were bought from moonshiners. Film debuts included Peter Breck (The Big Valley) and Jerry Hardin, a busy TV and movie character actor. .

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映画スタートMysterious Mr. Wong映画カット

Mysterious Mr. Wong

Made in 1935, this B&W mystery starred the best known Dracula, Bela Lugosi and Wallace Ford. Ford later went on to be a well recognized character actor on television and in movies, mainly in westerns and B-films.

The movie
A crime lord in Chinatown is searching for 12 gold coins of Confucius. Pursued by Ford as reporter Jason Barton, and his girlfriend. This 63 min. movie should not be confused with the Boris Karloff Mr. Wong detective series.

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映画スタートSTARTREK IV映画カット

STARTREK IV

Directed by Leonard Nimoy (Spock) this 1986 film with the original TV series cast is the second best original Star Trek movie following The Wrath of Khan.

The movie
Along with all the regular TV cast, it adds Catherine Hicks as a 20th Century biologist. Using time travel to return to 1986 to find Whales to help save the world in the future, this film combined the right mix of humor, action, romance and science fiction to make it a financial success and opened in first place at the box office. It was also a critical success and had 4 nominations for Oscars. It has had several released to home media.

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映画スタートDracula映画カット

Bram Stoker's DRACULA

A made for .TV movie, it stars Marc Warren, best known as Danny Blue in the BBC TV series Hustle. The cast includes David Suchet as Van Helsing.

The movie
While it had mixed critical reviews, it has an interesting take on the classic novel. It can drag in spots, but even with its bad points it has some entertainment value. Look for Sophia Jane Myers from Spooks (also known as MI-5) as Lucy.

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映画スタートMadagascar映画カット

Madagascar

Dreamworks animation was a box office success with mixed critical reviews. It generated 2 sequels.

The movie
Four animals from the Central Park Zoo are shipwrecked on the way back to Africa. The movie shows their efforts to return to NY. Good for the kids and those who are kids at heart.

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映画スタートThe Big Sleep映画カット

The Big Sleep

The second film based on the Raymond Chandler novel, it stars Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe. Director Michael Winner had a string of good films in the UK and the US, including several with Charles Bronson. This was a follow-up to Farewell, My Lovely, also a Marlowe story made 3 years earlier.

The movie
While not as classic as the Humphrey Bogart version, some critics thought it better captured the novel’s darkness. One problem was why the locale was changed to London from Los Angeles. Includes and all-star supporting cast: Sarah Miles, Richard Boone, Candy Clark, Joan Collins, Edward Fox, John Mills, James Stewart, Oliver Reed, Harry Andrews, Colin Blakely, Richard Todd and Diana Quick.

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映画スタートDirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Unofficial remake of the 1964 Bedtime Story movie with Marlon Brando, David Niven and Shirley Jones. It follows the same two con men trying to win a bet. Directed by Frank Oz, the versatile puppeteer and film maker, it stars Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenne Headly with support from Anton Rodgers, Barbara Harris and Ian McDiarmid.

The movie
Bedtime Story was a longtime favorite, but this one has a more robust pace and more laughs. It starred Glenne Headley’s career, followed up by Dick Tracy. Note that Ian McDiamid was Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine in the latest Star Wars trilogy.

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映画スタートThe Thomas Crown Affair映画カット

Steve Mcqueen's The Thomas Crown Affair

Directed by the award winning Norman Jewison, known for a long list of hits including Best Director Oscars for Moonstruck, Fiddler on the Roof and In the Heat of the Night, this well paced caper movie is one of my all-time favorites. Sean Connery stated that he regretted turning down the title role.

The movie
The back and forth between Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway sets up a thrill packed movie. Two of my favorite scenes are the glider one (with “Windmills of My Mind”) that led me to take glider lessons and the the silent chess game seduction scene. I also liked the split screen scenes although admittedly not as good on a small screen TV.

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