The Naked Face (1984) Bryan Forbes, Roger Moore, Rod Steiger, Elliott Gould, Action, Mystery, Thriller

The Naked Face (1984)
Chicago psychiatrist Judd Stevens (Roger Moore) is suspected of murdering one of his patients when the man turns up stabbed to death in the middle of the city. After repeated attempts to convince cops Rod Steiger and Elliott Gould of his innocence, Dr.Stevens is forced to go after the real villains himself, and he finds himself up against one of the city’s most notorious Mafia kingpins.

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Midnight Cowboy (1969) John Schlesinger, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, Drama

Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Cowboy Joe Buck moves to New York City from Texas to make his fortune as a hustler servicing rich Park Avenue women. Shortly after arriving, he is hustled by homeless con man Ratzo Rizzo, who had said he would manage him for a $20 fee. Bent on getting his money back, Buck finds the rapidly deteriorating Rizzo, ends up feeling sorry for him, and moving into Rizzo’s room in an abandoned building to care for him. The two remain hopeful of striking it rich with Rizzo managing Buck’s career, but it soon becomes obvious that they are no match for the urban jungle.

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The Wonder Kid / Wonder Boy (1951) Karl Hartl, Bobby Henrey, Elwyn Brook-Jones, Muriel Aked, Comedy

Wonder Boy (1951)
The old one about the much-exploited child prodigy is given a new coat of paint in the English-Austrian Entfuhrag ins Gluck (Wonder Child). Bobby Henrey, the amazing juvenile star of The Fallen Idol, is here cast as 7-year-old musical genius Sebastian Giro. Mistreated by his avaricious adult manager, Sebastian runs away to a remote Alpine village. He then falls into the hands of a gang of kidnappers, led by the basically sympathetic Jack (Robert Shackleton). Eventually seeing the error of his ways, Jack and his girlfriend Anni (Christa Winter) protect Sebastian against the homicidal intentions of the other crooks (one of whom is played by a young Oskar Werner). Though the film was produced in Austria, the dialogue was spoken in English–then redubbed into German.

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The Thing (1982) John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Horror, Sci-Fi

The Thing (1982)
An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog explodes, eventually leaving no explanation for the chase. During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team that investigate. The team soon realizes that an alien life-form with the ability to take over other bodies is on the loose and they don’t know who may already have been taken over.

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The Big Lebowski (1998) Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Comedy, Crime

The Big Lebowski (1998)
When “The Dude” Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude.

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A Bridge Too Far (1977) Richard Attenborough, Sean Connery, Ryan O’Neal, Michael Caine, Drama, History, War

A Bridge Too Far (1977)
The true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies attempt, in September 1944, to hasten the end of WW2 by driving through Belgium and Holland into Germany. The idea was for US airborne divisions to take the towns of Eindhoven and Nijmegen and a British airborne division, reinforced by a Polish airborne brigade, to take the town of Arnhem. They would be reinforced, in due course and in turn, by the British XXX Corps, land-based and driving up from the British lines in the south. The key to the operation was the bridges, as if the Germans held or blew them, the paratroopers could not be relieved. Faulty intelligence, Allied high command hubris and stubborn German resistance would ensure that Arnhem was a bridge too far.

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The Guns of Navarone (1961) J. Lee Thompson, David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Action, Adventure, Drama

The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Two powerful German guns control the seas past the Greek island of Navarone making the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible. Air attack is useless so a team of six Allied and Greek soldiers is put ashore to meet up with partisans to try and dynamite the guns. The mission is perilous enough anyway but are the Germans on the island getting further help too?

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Bad Influence (1990) Curtis Hanson, Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Bad Influence (1990)
Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in–and then disappears. Later that night, while jogging, Michael runs into the stranger on a pier. He introduces himself as Alex, and the two go out to an under- ground club. Within a matter of days, Alex wheedles his way into Michael’s life and turns it upside down, and Michael doesn’t realize that Alex is a dangerous sociopath until it’s too late.

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