Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1972)

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SYNOPSIS

Set in the aftermath of the 1960′s Cultural Revolution, an erudite John Lithgow makes his feature film debut as a Harvard-educated campus drug dealer. Harvard graduate Robert F. Lyons involves his girlfriend–played by Barbara Hershey, who embodies the iconic 1960s California ‘flower child’—in a treacherous and ill-fated plan to smuggle 40 ‘brick bags’ of marijuana on a flight from Berkeley, CA to Boston. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton and his brother, Douglas (under the pseudonym “Michael Douglas”), which was first published in 1970 and then serialized in the December 1970, January 1971 and February 1971 issues of Playboy magazine.

CREDITS

  • Director: Paul Williams
  • Screenplay:

    David Odell

  • Cast:

    Robert F. Lyons

    ,

    Howard Gardner

    ,

    Barbara Hershey

    ,

    John Lithgow

    ,

    Charles Durning

  • Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Distributor:

    Warner Home Video

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    TRIVIA

  • John Lithgow’s film debut

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Cosmo Carboni (Sylvester Stallone) and his two brothers dream of getting out of Hell’s Kitchen (circa 1946) and into the big time. The exit signs point to Paradise Alley, a sleazy private club where the floorshow consists of raucous wrestling matches with big purses. Stallone not only starred in and wrote this action-packed film, he also made his directorial debut on this tale of three guys who could take anything Hell’s Kitchen could dish out.

CREDITS

  • Director: Sylvester Stallone
  • Screenplay:

    Sylvester Stallone

  • Cast:

    Sylvester Stallone

    ,

    Armand Assante

    ,

    Lee Canalito

    ,

    Anne Archer

    ,

    Joe Spinell

    ,

    Tom Waits

    ,

    Kevin Conway

    ,

    Terry Funk

    ,

    Frank McRae

  • Producers: John F. Roach, Ronald A. Suppa, Jeff Wald

  • Executive Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Associate Producer: Arthur Chobanian

  • Distributor:

    Universal Pictures

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    TRIVIA

  • Sylvestor Stallone sang the film's title song.

    A number of professional wrestlers appeared, including Terry Funk as the foil to the hero. Cameos include Ted DiBiase, Bob Roop, Dick Murdoch, Dory Funk Jr., Don Leo Jonathan, Don Kernodle, Gene Kiniski, Dennis Stamp, Ray Stevens, and Uliuli Fifita.

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SYNOPSIS

A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator / hit men kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, then stalk the partner who hired them—his wife. Told from the perspective of a nerdy man sitting on the electric chair, falsely accused of the crime.

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    “It’s quite an entertaining little effort, combining the craziest aspects of classic Hollywood screwball comedy with the kind of fresh insanity found in the great cartoons”.

    " - KIM NEWMAN, Empire

CREDITS

  • Director: Sam Raimi
  • Screenplay:

    Sam Raimi, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

  • Cast:

    Louise Lasser

    ,

    Bruce Campbell

    ,

    Brion James

    ,

    Edward R. Pressman

    ,

    Sheree J. Wilson

    ,

    Paul L. Smith

    ,

    Reed Birney

  • Producer: Robert G. Tapert

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Irvin Shaprio

  • Associate Producer: Cary Glieberman

  • Co-Producer: Bruce Campbell

  • Distributor:

    Columbia Pictures

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SYNOPSIS

Jamie Lee Curtis plays a rookie cop in the NYPD thrown into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a charismatic psychopath (Ron Silver), who becomes obsessed with her. Clancy Brown also stars as the bold counter-force to Silver’s demented madness.

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    High-powered, poundingly suspenseful and pistol hot!

    " - Rolling Stone

CREDITS

  • Director:

    Kathryn Bigelow

  • Screenplay:

    Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red

  • Cast:

    Jamie Lee Curtis

    ,

    Clancy Brown

    ,

    Tom Sizemore

    ,

    Ron Silver

  • Producers:  Edward R. Pressman, Oliver Stone

  • Executive Producer: Lawrence Kasanoff

  • Co-Producer: Michael Rauch

  • Associate Producers: Michael Flynn, Diane Schneier

  • Distributor:

    MGM/UA Distribution Company

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SYNOPSIS

Set in New Orleans, a city notorious for it’s political corruption and darkness, an up-and-coming young candidate for the U.S. Congress (James Spader) is filmed with a hooker in The Big Easy’s infamous Red Light District, Storyville. As he investigates who is the blackmailer, Spader begins to uncover family secrets involving his father and their political careers.

CREDITS

  • Director: Mark Frost
  • Screenplay:

    Mark Frost, Lee Reynolds

  • Cast:

    DMX

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    James Spader

    ,

    Jason Robards

    ,

    Joanne Whalley

    ,

    Michael Warren

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, David Roe

  • Executive Producers: John Davis, John Flock, Les Lithgow (Co-Executive Producer), George Zecevic (Co-Executive Producer)

  • Co-Producer: Evezen Kolar

  • Associate Producer: Chappy Hardy

  • Distributor:

    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

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SYNOPSIS

Harvey Keitel gives a searing performance as an out-of-control NYPD police detective on a collision course with disaster in director Abel Ferrara’s brilliant and deeply disturbing crime drama. Keitel’s Lieutenant has survived on the New York streets for twenty years. He is a gambler, a thief, a drug addict, and a killer. Now he is investigating the most shocking case of his life and as he moves closer to the truth, his self-destructive past closes in.

CREDITS

  • Director: Abel Ferrara
  • Screenplay:

    Abel Ferrara, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Zoe Lund

  • Cast:

    Harvey Keitel

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Mary Kane

  • Executive Producers: Patrick Wachsberger, Ronna B. Wallace

  • Co-Producer: Randall Sabusawa

  • Line Producer: Diana Phillips

  • Distributor:

    Aries Films

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SYNOPSIS

The story of the spectacular rise and brutal fall of Donald Goines, a black drug dealer (DMX), as it is relayed to a young white journalist (David Arquette) posthumously through the dead hustler’s diaries. Goines is one of the most successful black authors of all time despite his premature death in an unsolved homicide. He lived the life of the streets then wrote about it in a series of best-selling novels remarkable for their hard-hitting authenticity and their understanding of human nature as it reveals itself in extreme situations. Based on the novel by Donald Goines.

 

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    “DMX is the perfect actor for the stylized and satisfying film adaptation of Goine’sNever Die Alone, directed with street corner majesty by cinematographer-turned-director Ernest Dickerson."

    " - ELVIS MITCHELL, The New York Times

CREDITS

  • Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
  • Screenplay:

    James Gibson

  • Cast:

    DMX

    ,

    David Arquette

    ,

    Michael Ealy

  • Producers: Alessandro Carnon, Earl Simmons, Tashera Simmons

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Cameron Casey, Dion Fearon, Marc Gerald, Rudy ‘Kato’ Rangel, John Schmidt, Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt (Co-Executive Producer)

  • Co-Producers: Cheryl Martin, Robi Reed

  • Associate Producer: Stephen Belafonte

  • Distributor:

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

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SYNOPSIS

Two young brothers, Chris (Jamie Bell) and Tim (Devon Alan), go on the run through the southern states of the U.S. after their uncle, Deel (Josh Lucas), returns from years in jail and murders their father (Dermot Mulroney). Having witnessed the killing, the two boys manage to escape with a fortune in old Mexican coins leaving behind the murder weapon—Chris’ own knife—covered in his father’s blood. Chased by both Deel and the Police, who now suspect Chris of the murder, the two brothers must evade capture and find a way to heal their broken family.

CREDITS

  • Director: David Gordon Green
  • Screenplay:

    Joe Conway, David Gordon Green

  • Cast:

    Jamie Bell

    ,

    Devon Alan

    ,

    Josh Lucas

    ,

    Dermot Mulroney

    ,

    Kristen Stewart

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Terrence Malick, Lisa Muskat

  • Executive Producers: Alessandro Camon, Saar Klein, John Schmidt

  • Distributor:

    United Artists

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    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Best Performance in a Feature Film, Leading Young Actor (Jamie Bell), Best Performance in a Feature Film, Supporting Young Actor (Devon Alan)/Young Artist Awards, 2005

  • Nominated:
  • Best Performance in a Feature Film, Supporting Young Actress (Kristen Stewart)/Young Artist Awards, 2005

    TRIVIA

  • Devon Alan's ('Tim') monologue about chiggers was not in the script and was totally improvised by the 11 year old. source: IMDb

    There were many injuries acquired on the set. Both Josh Lucas and Dermot Mulroney broke ribs during fight scenes between each other, and Jamie Bell stepped on a nail and had to walk on crutches for days. source: IMDb

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SYNOPSIS

In this powerful and dramatic thriller about betrayal and bitter revenge, a handsome young U.S. Marine called Elvis (Gael Garcia Bernal) returns to his Preacher father’s sleepy hometown dreaming for some kind of reconciliation, having been abandoned by the man as a child. The King is a controversial tale of tragic retaliation and twisted love.

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    “James Marsh has collaborated with hot screenwriter Milo Addica to create a horror story that’s as pretty as a candy box but contains only poison…”

    " - RAY BENNET, The Hollywood Reporter

CREDITS

  • Director: James March
  • Screenplay:

    Milo Addica, James Marsh

  • Cast:

    Gael Garcia Bernal

    ,

    Pell James

    ,

    Paul Dano

    ,

    Laura Harring

    ,

    William Hurt

  • Producers: Milo Addica, James Wilson

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, John Schmidt, Sofia Sondervan

  • Co-Producers: Amanda Lloyd, Maureen A. Ryan

  • Distributor:

    THINKFilm

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    AWARDS

    Won:
  • American Independents Award (James Marsh)/Philadelphia Film Festival, 2006

  • Nominated:
  • Breakthrough Director Award (James Marsh)/Gotham Awards, 2006

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The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (2009)

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SYNOPSIS

A rogue detective (Nicolas Cage) is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs—while playing fast and loose with the law. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon. Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves (Eva Mendes). Together they descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion and conscience.

CREDITS

  • Director: Werner Herzog
  • Screenplay:

    William Finkelstein

  • Cast:

    Nicolas Cage

    ,

    Eva Mendes

    ,

    Val Kilmer

    ,

    Alvin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner

    ,

    Jennifer Coolidge

    ,

    Brad Dourif

    ,

    Fairuza Balk

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Stephen Belafonte, Randall Emmett, Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky, John Thompson

  • Executive Producers: Alessandro Camon, Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, John Thompson, Trevor Short.

  • Distributor:

    First Look Studios

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    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Special Award (Werner Herzog)/Venice Film Festival, 2009
    Best Actor (Nicolas Cage)/Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, 2010
    Dublin Film Critics Special Jury Prize (Werner Herzog)/Dublin International Film Festival

  • Nominated:
  • Best Cinematography (Peter Zeitlinger)/Independent Spirit Awards, 2010
    Golden Lion (Werner Herzog)/Venice Film Festival, 2009

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