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F.I.S.T.F.I.S.T. (Fist) (1978)
Dir. Norman Jewison
Feat. Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle
Earnest union drama with Stallone as a Jimmy Hoffa type union leader whose idealism is gradually corrupted. Curious misfire is worth a watch with a…
Butch and Sundance: The Early YearsButch and Sundance: The Early Years (1979)
Dir. Richard Lester
Feat. William Katt, Tom Berenger, Jeff Corey
Surprisingly enjoyable prequel to BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID has the roguish duo pursued across various New Mexico landscapes. Utterly…
First BloodFirst Blood (Rambo) (1982)
Dir. Ted Kotcheff
Feat. Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy
The first, most serious, and so perhaps most hilarious of the Rambo films has Sly Stallone as a buff Vietnam vet who loses his marbles and goes…
Gorky ParkGorky Park (1983) Recommended
Dir. Michael Apted
Feat. William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy
William Hurt plays a brooding Russian detective investigating horrific murders in Moscow. Meaty, convincing thriller.
Never Cry Wolf Never Cry Wolf (1983)
Dir. Carroll Ballard
Feat. Charles Martin Smith, Brian Dennehy
Contemplative true story with a biologist studying the declining population of caribou in the Canadian tundra. Caused a small storm for being the…
CocoonCocoon (1985) Recommended
Dir. Ron Howard
Feat. Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn
Delightful fantasy about a group of elderly folk who find the fountain of youth in a swimming pool that has been adopted by alien visitors. A special…
FXFX (F/X) (1986) Recommended
Dir. Robert Mandel
Feat. Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy
Some ingenious set pieces and explosive effects highlight this superior action–suspenser. An FX expert is employed to fake the death of a VIP,…
Legal EaglesLegal Eagles (1986)
Dir. Ivan Reitman
Feat. Robert Redford, Debra Winger, Daryl Hannah
Light rom–com thriller set in New York's art world with Winger and Redford as feuding attorneys.
CopCop (1987)
Dir. James B. Harris
Feat. James Woods, Brian Dennehy
James Woods gives another intense performance enduring the occupational hazards of crime–fighting. Based on the James Ellroy novel 'Blood On…
Belly of an Architect, TheBelly of an Architect, The (1987) Recommended
Dir. Peter Greenaway
Feat. Brian Dennehy, Chloe Webb, Sergio Fantoni
Brian Dennehy excels as an American architect who faces a mid–life crisis while setting up his exhibition in Rome. Oblique yet trenchant and of…
Best SellerBest Seller (1987)
Dir. John Flynn
Feat. Brian Dennehy, James Woods, Victoria Tennant
An arresting thriller with Brian Dennehy and an on–form James Woods.
Man from Snowy River 2, TheMan from Snowy River 2, The (1988)
Dir. Geoff Burrowes
Feat. Brian Dennehy, Tom Burlinson
Tom Burlinson returns to gather wild horses from up the Snowy River in this lesser sequel. Fits a love–triangle into the draw as well as the…
Presumed InnocentPresumed Innocent (1990)
Dir. Alan J. Pakula
Feat. Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia
Scott Turow's best seller is faithfully adapted here with Harrison Ford cast as the D.A. who finds himself accused of the rape and murder of a…
In Broad Daylight (1991)
Dir. James Steven Sadwith
Feat. Brian Dennehy, Cloris Leachman, Marcia Gay Harden
True account of how a group of townsfolk took revenge on a barbaric bully whose unlawful antics kept them at his mercy. Brian Dennehy incarnates the…
FX 2FX 2 (1991)
Dir. Richard Franklin
Feat. Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy
Far–fetched sequel has special effects genius Bryan Brown come out of retirement, only to become entangled in an elaborate police…
GladiatorGladiator (1992)
Dir. Rowdy Herrington
Feat. Cuba Jr. Gooding, James Marshall, Robert Loggia
This fist–clenching he–man pic replays many of the licks from ROCKY, but it's played out with relentless professionalism. Marshall and…
Stars Fell On HenriettaStars Fell On Henrietta (1995)
Dir. James Keach
Feat. Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn, Frances Fisher
Robert Duvall is a vagrant claiming to be a former oil man who persuades a down–on–their–luck couple that their fields contain oil…
Tommy BoyTommy Boy (1995)
Dir. Peter Segal
Feat. Chris Farley, David Spade, Brian Dennehy
The apex of stout American comic Farley's short career, as a small town saviour struggling to keep to an auto–parts factory open. Padded out…
NostromoNostromo (1997)
Dir. Alastair Reid
Feat. Colin Firth, Albert Finney, Brian Dennehy
A superb cast is lavished on this BBC version of Joseph Conrad's novel. Colin Firth plays a young English mine–owner struggling against the…
Stolen SummerStolen Summer (2002)
Dir. Pete Jones
Feat. Aidan Quinn, Bonnie Hunt, Kevin Pollak
The resultant product of a film–making competition in which a novice screenwriter won a chance to direct his own script, this is a respectable…
Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, TheRoman Spring of Mrs. Stone, The (2003)
Dir. Robert Allan Ackerman
Feat. Helen Mirren, Olivier Martinez, Anne Bancroft
Reasonably solid telemovie version of Tennessee Williams' only novel, with Mirren here playing the aging actress lured into an affair after the…
Crooked E: Unshredded Truth About Enron, TheCrooked E: Unshredded Truth About Enron, The (2003)
Dir. Penelope Spheeris
Feat. Shannon Elizabeth, Brian Dennehy
Brazen Enron telemovie dramatizes the scandalous corporate downfall from an insider’s perspective. Like the documentary, the content is juicy,…
She Hate MeShe Hate Me (2004)
Dir. Spike Lee
Feat. Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin
Another well–packed 'joint' from Spike Lee, has a corporate whistle–blower (Mackie) fired from his job and recruited to impregnate…
Assault on Precinct 13Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
Dir. Jean-François Richet
Feat. Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Drea De Matteo
Effective update of John Carpenter's 1970s classic in which high–impact action and a fairly convincing raw tenseness carry the wellworn tale of…
Exonerated, The Exonerated, The (2005)
Dir. Bob Balaban
Feat. Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Delroy Lindo
Jarring prison drama focusing on six death row inmates that are exonerated just before their executions due to new evidence becoming available.…
Every DayEvery Day (2010)
Dir. Richard Levine
Feat. Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, Carla Gugino
Domestic comedy about a television writer whose life goes haywire when his wife's estranged father comes to stay.
Knight of CupsKnight of Cups (2015)
Dir. Terrence Malick
Feat. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman
Terrence Malick's enigmatic ode to existential despair features Christian Bale as a screenwriter living in LA trying to make sense of the strange…

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