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The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
Movie Review For Ray Harryhausen fans, The Golden voyage of Sinbad is an especially rewarding treat. John Phillip Law has the lead role as Sinbad the sailor in this spectacular fantasy/adventure film. While at sea, Sinbad and his men observe a strange bird like creature flying above them with a shiny object in its talons. One of the crew shoots it down with an arrow. Sinbad retrieves the golden amulet that has landed on the ship’s deck. That night in his cabin, Sinbad is haunted by strange dreams of a dancing girl with an eye tattooed on her palm.           The following day...
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The Yakuza (1975)

The Yakuza (1975)
Movie Review When an old army buddy George Tanner’s (Brian Keith) daughter is kidnapped by powerful yakuza boss Tono (Eiji Okada), Harry Kilmer (Robert Mitchum) is called upon for help. Harry is baffled as to what kind of aid he can provide in this case. Tanner asks Harry to speak with Tanaka Ken (Ken Takakura) a big shot yakuza during the U.S. occupation of Japan and also the brother of Harry’s great love Tanaka Eiko (Keiko Kishi). Harry has seen neither in 20 years. Tanner is well aware that Tanaka Ken must help Harry if he asks him as he is in his debt.After the war, Eiko, who had lost her entire...
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East of Eden (1955)

East of Eden (1955)
Movie review Based on the novel by John Steinbeck and directed by Elia Kazan, East of Eden still packs a powerful punch more than 50 years after its release. I personally rank it among the 10 greatest American movies ever made. The film draws from the biblical story of Cain and Abel. The setting is Salinas, an agricultural town in northern California and takes place in 1917 shortly before the US enters WWI. Cal (Caleb) and Aron Trask are the twin sons of lettuce farmer, Adam Trask. This was James Dean’s first film and to my mind his most powerful performance. It’s also the only one of his 3 films to...
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Man Hunt (1941)

Man Hunt (1941)
Loosely based on Geoffrey Household’s best selling thriller “Rogue Male”, Man Hunt tells the story of Captain Alan Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon), an English big game hunter who finds himself in pre-war 1939 Nazi Germany. He makes his way undetected by the SS guarding Adolf Hitler’s secure residence. Perched on a cliff with the dictator in his sniper’s crosshairs, Thorndike pulls the trigger and an empty click reverberates. Satisfied with what would have been a perfect shot, he is about to leave. But for whatever reason, (consciously or unconsciously to alter the course of history) he places a real bullet...
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The Cassandra Crossing (1976)

The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
Movie Review Following in the tradition of 1970’s disaster flicks, The Cassandra Crossing also boasts an all star cast as well as being better than most in this genre. Among the big names is Sophia Loren as Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain, a wealthy writer twice divorced from Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain (Richard Harris) who is on his way to Strasbourg to receive an award. Ava Gardner as Nicole Dressler the wife of a German arms manufacturer traveling with her young gigolo lover (a long haired Martin Sheen). Lee Strasberg as Mr. Kaplan, a holocaust survivor, and O.J. Simpson as an undercover federal agent...
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