Nick is desperate, holed up in a cheap hotel, suffering from an ulcer and convinced that a local mobster wants him killed. Read More »
Tag Archives: John Cassavetes
Tough criminal Hank McCain gets released from prison after serving twelve years for armed robbery. Read More »
Horrifying and darkly comic, Rosemary’s Baby was Roman Polanski’s Hollywood debut. Read More »
Leonard Hoffman is an insurance salesman struggling to make ends meet. The fact that he has triplet sons who all want to go to Yale isn’t making things any easier. Read More »
Benny’s a hipster, moving in and out of Manhattan’s beat scene, aimless, maybe close to trouble. Read More »
Brass Target (1978) John Hough, Sophia Loren, John Cassavetes, Max von Sydow, Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War
General Patton tries to transfer the German gold stock to Frankfurt. But someone foils his plan. The military police begin to find the guilty… Read More »
Drifter Axel North has just arrived in New York City, having traveled from city to city throughout the country. Read More »
The Killers (1964) Don Siegel, Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Don Siegel directed this intensely pessimistic re-make of Robert Siodmak’s 1946 film noir masterpiece The Killers, based upon a story by Ernest Hemingway. Read More »
A convict takes up boxing in prison and this brings a new meaning to his life. Once out, his trainer motivates him to become a professional boxer. Read More »
The Fury (1978) Brian De Palma, Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Drama, Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi
When a devious plot separates CIA agent Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) from his son, Robin (Andrew Stevens), the distraught father manages to see through the ruse. Read More »
Devil’s Angels (1967) Daniel Haller, John Cassavetes, Beverly Adams, Mimsy Farmer, Action, Crime, Drama
The Skulls, a violent biker gang led by Cody have a run in with a small-town sheriff after a member accidentally kills a citizen on the highway. He agrees to let them stay and protect the town. Cody then deserts them after a second gang’s rescue attempt leaves the town in shreds. With Beverly Adams as Lynn and Mimsy Farmer as Marianne.
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Actress Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) is a functioning alcoholic actress who is a few days from the opening night of her latest play, concerning a woman distraught about aging. One night a car kills one of Myrtle’s fans who is chasing her limousine in an attempt to get the star’s attention. Myrtle internalizes the accident and goes on a spiritual quest, but fails to finds the answers she is after. As opening night inches closer and closer, fragile Myrtle must find a way to make the show go on.
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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cosmo Vitelli owns the Crazy Horse West, a strip joint in California. He’s laconic, a Korean War vet, and a gambler. When we meet him, he’s making his last payment on a gambling debt. Then, he promptly loses $23,000 playing poker at an illegal local casino. The guys he owes this time aren’t so friendly, pressuring him for immediate payment. Then they suggest that he kill a Chinese bookie to wipe off the debt. Vitelli and the film move back and forth between the double-crossing, murderous insincerity of the gamblers and the friendships, sweetness, and even love among Vitelli, the dancers, a dancer’s mother, and the club’s singer, Mr. Sophistication.
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Mild mannered Jack Dawn has been secretly working as an accountant for the mob. He, his Puerto Rican wife Jeri, his teen-aged daughter Joan and his mother-in-law, all who were planning on going on the run, are murdered by the mob because Jack was going to inform on them to the FBI. Before they’re killed, Jack and Jeri are able to send their six-year old son Phil to Jeri’s friend and their neighbor, Gloria Swenson, for safe keeping. Also with Phil is the book which contains all the information Jack was going to turn over. Gloria and Phil have an antagonistic relationship, not so much for who they are but what they are, Phil a kid, and Gloria a strange white woman who hates kids. As an ex-mistress of a mobster, Gloria learns that the people that killed the Dawns are old friends of hers. As Gloria and Phil go on the run both from the mob and from the authorities (who believe she kidnapped Phil) throughout New York City, Gloria has to come up with a plan on how best to save themselves, …
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Crime in the Streets (1956) Don Siegel, John Cassavetes, Sal Mineo, James Whitmore, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
On a city’s mean streets, the boys join gangs at 15. Frankie leads the Hornets: he’s 18, seething, coiled. When a neighbor goes to the cops after seeing one of the Hornets with a zip gun, Frankie vows to kill the old guy, hatching a plan using Lou, who smiles and smokes, and “Baby,” the 15-year-old son of an immigrant shopkeeper. Ben Wagner, the social worker at a neighborhood settlement house, gets wind of the plan and tries to break through to Frankie. Frankie’s brother Richie, who’s about 12, worships and fears Frankie; he also figures out what his brother is up to. Is Frankie doomed to crash and burn at 18?
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