Classic Film Review: Patton (1970)

And the Oscar Goes to: Patton, 1970 Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner Starring: George C. Scott, Karl Malden   Patton is an epic biographical war film about U. S. General George S. Patton (George C. Scott) during the latter years of World War II. And, I must admit, I didn’t like it. Earlier in theContinue reading “Classic Film Review: Patton (1970)”

Classic Film Review: The French Connection (1971)

And the Oscar Goes to: The French Connection, 1971 Directed by: William Friedkin Starring: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi   Two detectives, Det. Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle (Gene Hackman, Unforgiven) and Buddy ‘Cloudy’ Russo (Roy Scheider), begin an undercover investigation into a suspected narcotics deal organised by Salvatore ‘Sal’ BocaContinue reading “Classic Film Review: The French Connection (1971)”

Classic Film Review: The Sting (1973)

And the Oscar Goes to: The Sting, 1973 Directed by: George Roy Hill Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw   This was, surprisingly, a lot of fun. Set during the 1930’s, The Sting was about a complicated plot by two professional grafters who try to con a mob boss out of half a millionContinue reading “Classic Film Review: The Sting (1973)”

Classic Film Review: The Godfather (1972)

And the Oscar Goes to: The Godfather, 1972 Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Diane Keaton   If you ask any respectable film reviewing company about their list of top films, sooner or later you’ll come across Francis FordContinue reading “Classic Film Review: The Godfather (1972)”

Classic Film Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

And the Oscar Goes to: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975 Directed by: Milos Forman Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito   Jack Nicholson in a leading role, Danny DeVito (Terms of Endearment) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) in back-up, an Oscar-winning performance by Louise Fletcher andContinue reading “Classic Film Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)”

Classic Film Review: Rocky (1976)

And the Oscar Goes to: Rocky, 1976 Directed by: John G. Avildsen Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith   Apollo Creed’s (Carl Weathers) challenger to his World Heavyweight Championship falls ill, and with the time before the fight only five weeks, none of the other big-name fighters are willing toContinue reading “Classic Film Review: Rocky (1976)”

Classic Film Review: Annie Hall (1977)

And the Oscar Goes to: Annie Hall, 1977 Directed by: Woody Allen Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Janet Margolin, Shelley Duvall, Christopher Walken, Colleen Dewhurst   Written by, directed by and starring Woody Allen, Annie Hall is about a relationship between two people, comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) andContinue reading “Classic Film Review: Annie Hall (1977)”

Classic Film Review: The Deer Hunter (1978)

And the Oscar Goes to: The Deer Hunter, 1978 Directed by: Michael Cimino Starring: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, John Savage, John Cazale, Christopher Walken, George Dzundza   Little did Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer) know after her Oscar nomination (for Best Supporting Actress) in The Deer Hunter that she’d go on to receive 20Continue reading “Classic Film Review: The Deer Hunter (1978)”

Classic Film Review: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

And the Oscar Goes to: Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979 Directed by: Robert Benton Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry, Jane Alexander   Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep opposite each other in a film? Yes, please. Kramer vs. Kramer is about the separation of Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man), a workaholic in advertising, andContinue reading “Classic Film Review: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)”

Classic Film Review: Ordinary People (1980)

And the Oscar Goes to: Ordinary People, 1980 Directed by: Robert Redford Starring: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton   The last Oscar winner (or first, chronologically) of the 1980’s to be reviewed, Ordinary People follows the lives of a family who are breaking apart in the aftermath of a death. Mother,Continue reading “Classic Film Review: Ordinary People (1980)”