Henry Wiggen (Author to his friends) and Bruce Pearson are members of the New York Mammoths major league baseball team – Author the star pitcher, Bruce the catcher who never quite lived up to his potential – friends, and roommates when they’re on the road. During the off season, Bruce is diagnosed with a terminal case of Hodgkin’s disease. Author is the only person on the team who knows of Bruce’s illness, with neither planning on telling anyone. Author takes extraordinary measures to ensure that he is playing ball with Bruce during what will probably be Bruce’s final season before he can no longer play. Author looks after Bruce in part because Bruce is mentally a simple man who can easily be taken advantage of, especially by his opportunistic girlfriend Katie. As the season progresses, the team isn’t quite gelling, despite being the best team on paper.
Tag Archives: 1970s
Avere vent’anni / To Be Twenty (1978) Fernando Di Leo, Gloria Guida, Lilli Carati, Ray Lovelock, Comedy, Drama, Erotic
Lia and Tina are two beautiful girls who meet and realize that they have a lot in common. They are both young, beautiful and pissed off, so they decide to hitchhike their way to Rome to find Nazariota’s commune, a place to stay for free and have all the sex they want… or so they think. Things don’t go as they have planned though, and soon they become involved in prostitution, the police and an aggressive gang.
Yûrei yashiki no kyôfu: Chi wo sû ningyô / Fear of the Ghost House: Bloodsucking Doll (1970) Michio Yamamoto, Kayo Matsuo, Akira Nakao, Atsuo Nakamura, Horror
Keiko (Kayo Matsuo) and her friend try to find her missing brother after he disappeared on a trip to visit his girlfriend Yuko (Yukiko Kobayashi). They don’t get very far as Yuko’s mother claims the brother ran away after finding out Yuko had been killed in a car wreck the week before his visit. But Keiko finds signs that she might be being lied to.
Tôkyô sensô sengo hiwa / The Man Who Put His Will on Film (1970) Nagisa Ôshima, Kazuo Goto, Sukio Fukuoka, Kenichi Fukuda, Drama
A metaphysical mystery involving a university student’s camera getting stolen, and the thief then committing suicide. Looking back upon the event, the situation comes to be questioned if it happened at all.
Travels with my Aunt (1972) George Cukor, Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, Louis Gossett Jr., Adventure, Comedy, Drama
At his mother’s funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling meets his Aunt Augusta, an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings, who pulls him along on a whirlwind adventure, as she attempts to rescue an old lover.
Une femme à sa fenêtre (1976) Granier-Deferre, Romy Schneider, Philippe Noiret, Victor Lanoux, Drama
On August 4, 1936, General Metaxas declared martial law in Greece. A union leader using the name Boutros is sought in Athens by Primoukis, a ruthless police leader. Boutros narrowly escapes and, early the next morning, jumps through the window of Marchese Margot Santorini, the wealthy Austrian-born wife of Rico, a penniless Italian diplomat and playboy. Margot is bored and without purpose: aiding Boutros’s escape invigorates her, and soon she is in love. The film briefly jumps to 1945 when Rico and Raoul (who assisted her out of love) meet in France to talk about her fate, and then jumps 30 years to Margot’s daughter’s visit to Greece to find out about her father.
Cahill U.S. Marshall (1973) Andrew V. McLaglen, John Wayne, George Kennedy, Gary Grimes, Drama, Western
J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they’ve got, just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks, so when his two young boy’s want to get his attention they decide to rob a bank. They end up getting more than they bargained for.
Amsterdam Kill (1977) Robert Clouse, Robert Mitchum, Richard Egan, Leslie Nielsen, Action, Crime, Drama
Former DEA Agent Quinlan, removed from the force some years earlier for stealing confiscated drug money, is hired by Chung Wei, a leader in the Amsterdam drug cartel, who wants out of the business. Quinlan’s job is to use Chung’s information to tip DEA agents to drug busts, thereby destroying the cartel. But when the first two “tips” go awry, resulting in murdered DEA officers, the feds must decide whether to trust Quinlan further…
Matt Johnson, Jack Barlow, and Leroy Smith are three young California surfers in the 1960s. At first reveling in the carefree life of beaches, girls, and waves, they eventually must face the fact that the world is changing, becoming more complex, less answerable by simple solutions. Ultimately the Vietnam war interrupts their idyll, leaving them to wonder if they will survive until “Big Wednesday,” the mythical day when the greatest, cleanest, most transcendent wave of all will come.