This multi-Academy Award winning film masterpiece stars Jon Voight as Joe Buck a charming but hopelessly naive Texas ""cowboy "" who dreams of making his fortune servicing wealthy women in the Big Apple. Instead he's conned into partnering up with small-time hustler Ratso Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman). Living together on the tattered edges of society these two outcasts develop an unlikely bond that helps them transcend their cruel existence in this timeless cinema classic directed by the legendary John Schlesinger.
Something funny is happening on the freeway! A crazy farce in which a varied assortment of oddballs cross each other's paths in their search for fun and fortune climaxing in one of the most spectacular car crashes ever put on film!
Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust is by consensus the great Hollywood novel, a poison-pen letter aimed squarely at the tinsel heart of the movie biz. Only in the 1970s could Hollywood actually hazard a film of this story, and the result is suitably corrosive. William Atherton is the observer Tod, Karen Black the blond starlet Faye, and Donald Sutherland the hulking Homer--but they are easily out-acted by the colorful supporting cast. In particular, Burgess Meredith's exhausted showbizzy salesman and Billy Barty's strutting dwarf are superbly crafted gargoyles in this Hollywood wax museum. Director John Schlesinger piles on the rancid atmosphere and rampant hypocrisy until the movie fairly drowns in its own grotesque vision. Long before the climactic apocalyptic riot, the film has torn itself up. There's no substitute for West's wicked prose, so the adaptation comes across as a literal-minded screech rather than a true bonfire of the vanities. --Robert Horton
John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) directed this gripping, entertaining 1977 thriller that centres on graduate student Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Tootsie). Hoffman plays a sullen and cowardly loner haunted by the suicide of his father, a suspected communist. He is drawn into a murky web of international intrigue when his brother, CIA agent Doc Levy, played by Roy Scheider (Jaws, The French Connection), is murdered by a former Nazi (Laurence Olivier) who has come to the United States to reclaim a valuable stash of diamonds. Babe (Hoffman) must confront his fears of the past as he runs for his life and tries to avenge his brother's death at the same time. Featuring a classic torture sequence and a terrific cast that includes William Devane and Marthe Keller, Marathon Man written by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men) stands as a great entertainment and as one of the seminal films of the 1970s. --Robert Lane
John Schlesinger directs Placido Domingo in Verdi's opera...
Shawshank RedemptionCity banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) arrived at Shawshank Prison in 1947. Convicted of two brutal murders he received a double life sentence and discovers that when they send you to Shawshank State Prison for life that is exactly what they take. Midnight CowboyDustin Hoffman gives an unforgettable performance as Ratso Rizzo a scrounging sleazy small-time con man with big dreams. Jon Voight is magnificent as Joe Buck the good-looking naively charming Texan 'cowboy' who is convinced that he is the salvation of many lonely love starved New York Women. These two characters are drawn together in this powerful and compassionate film. The Straight StoryAlvin's eyesight is poor he has little money and he can't stand the thought if being driven anywhere. So when he discovers his estranged brother has suffered a stroke he decides to make the journey by the only means of transport available to him - a John Deere lawnmower.
From Academy award-winning British director John Schlesinger comes a harrowing Hollywood fable about delusion and the dangers of power and lust. Starring Donald Sutherland as the estranged and deeply religious Homer Simpson The Day Of The Locust delves into the murky underbelly of the glamorous lifestyle of pre-war Hollywood telling the story of a young actress and her attempts to become a movie star. Schlesinger's art direction and cinematography (Oscar(tm) nominated) are superbly
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