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THE F.B.I. STORY - THE FBI VERSUS ALVIN KARPIS, PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE 1974 100 min. Robert Foxworth, David Wayne, Kay Lenz, Gary Lockwood, Anne Francis, Harris Yulin, Chris Robinson, Eileen Heckart. Directed by Marvin Chomsky. Depression-era desperado Karpis (Foxworth) is hounded by J. Edgar Hoover (Yulin), who made a personal crusade of catching the crook. Automatically recreated dramatization in the old Warner Bros. pseudo-newsreel gangster style. Average. Retitled THE F.B.I. STORY - ALVIN KARPIS. F. SCOTT FITZGERALD IN HOLLYWOOD 1976 100 min. Jason Miller, Tuesday Weld, Julia Foster, Dolores Sutton, Suzanne Benton, Michael Lerner, Tom Ligon, John Randolf. Directed by Anthony Page. Fitzgerald's Hollywood career, his marriage to the ill-fated Zelda (Weld is super), his affair with Sheilah Graham (Foster). A brilliant career made fuzzy by Miller's gloomy performance and James Castigan's muddled script, giving the viewer not much more than a broken-spirited and rather abusive alcoholic. A good opportunity passed up. Average. THE FACE OF FEAR 1971 72 min. Elizabeth Ashley, Ricardo Montalban, Jack Warden, Dane Clark, Burr DeBenning, Charles Dierkop. Directed by George McCowan. A young schoolteacher raised in Idaho learns she's to die of leukemia, journeys to San Francisco, eventually pays to be killed, then discovers she won't die. A very entertaining suspense film with wry humor, two well-drawn (for TV) characterizations, and believable dialogue. Adapted by Edward Hume from E.V. Cunningham's novel SALLY. Above average. THE FACE OF RAGE 1983 100 min. Dianne Wiest, George Dzunzda, Graham Beckel, Jeffrey DeMunn. Directed by Donald Wrye. Rape victims come face-to-face with their attackers in an experimental therapy program. Hard-hitting, surprisingly honest film co-written by Wrye and patterned fictionally after the acclaimed TV prison documentary SCARED STRAIGHT. Above average. THE FACTS OF LIFE GOES TO PARIS 1982 100 min. Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, Frank Bonner, Roger Til. Directed by Asaad Kelada. The hit TV series thinly stretched to feature-length status with diminishing results despite a well-primed laugh track responding to the work of six writers. For diehard fans only. Average. FALCON'S GOLD 1982 90 min. Simon MacCorkindale, John Marley, Louise Vallance, George Touliatos, Blanca Guerra, Jorge Reynaldo, Roger Cudney. Directed by Bob Schulz. Fantasy adventure pitting the good guys against the bad guys in a jungle search for an ancient golden treasure with mysterious hidden powers. Loosely based on Arthur Conan Doyle's CHALLENGER'S GOLD and crossbred with RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, this colorful tale was announced as the first movie made for pay-TV. Average. THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER 1982 101 min. Martin Landau, Robert Hays, Charlene Tilton, Dimitra Arliss, Ray Walston, Peg Stewart. Directed by James L. Conway. Amateurish retelling of the Edgar Allan Poe mystery thriller, filtered shamelessly through the Classics Illustrated mill -- cardboard sets as well as acting included. Below average. FALLEN ANGEL 1981 100 min. Dana Hill, Melinda Dillon, Richard Masur, Ronny Cox, David Hayward, Virginia Kiser, Shelby Leverington. Directed by Robert Lewis. Calculating drama about a child pornographer (Masur) who entices kids to pose for him. This not unexpectedly got a huge rating on its premiere, but less predictably won an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Drama Special. Average. FAME IS THE NAME OF THE GAME 1966 100 min. Tony Franciosa, Jill St. John, Jack Klugman, George Macready, Lee Bowman, Susan Saint James, Jack Weston, Robert Duvall, Nanette Fabray. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg. Big-time magazine writer Dillon investigates the death of a call girl; the trail leads to various businesses and criminal types. Remake of CHICAGO DEADLINE features good cast and performances, uneven direction, pacing, and overall point of view. Later spawned a TV series. Average. THE FAMILY KOVACK 1974 78 min. James Sloyan, Sarah Cunningham, Andy Robinson, Tammi Bula, Richard Gilliland, Renne Jarrett, Mary La Roche. Directed by Ralph Senesky. Drama concerning the sort of efforts of a closely knit clan to prove their oldest son innocent of bribery. Serviceable vehicle with a competent cast that might have made a TV series but didn't; should not be confused with THE FAMILY HOLVAK, which did. Average. THE FAMILY MAN 1979 100 min. Edward Asner, Meredith Baxter Birney, Anne Jackson, Paul Clemens, Mary-Joan Negro. Directed by Glenn Jordan. A happily married executive is torn between his infatuation for a beautiful young woman and his love for his wife and family. Daytime soap opera with a prime-time cast. Average. FAMILY REUNION 1981 200 min. Bette Davis, J. Ashley Hyman, David Huddleston, John Shea, Roy Dotrice, David Rounds, Kathryn Walker, Roberts Blossom, Roberta Wallach, Jeff McCracken, Ann Lange, Paul Rudd. Directed by Fielder Cook. A schoolteacher, put out to pasture after 50 years, sets out to rediscover her far-flung family with a neighborhood youngster in tow (played by Davis's own grandson in his screen debut). Enough family characters are introduced to keep a prospective series going for years, but all eyes are firmly on Davis, especially when she uncovers sinister familial doings. Above average. THE FAMILY RICO 1972 73 min. Ben Gazzara, Sal Mineo, Jo Van Fleet, James Farentino, Sian Barbara Allen, Dane Clark, Leif Erickson, Jack Carter. Directed by Paul Wendkos. Solid adaptation of the Georges Simenon novel concerning torn loyalties of an organized crime leader. Good cast working with fairly realistic material. Above average. Filmed before as THE BROTHERS RICO. FANTASIES 1980 100 min. Suzanne Pleshette, Barry Newman, Robert Vaughn, Patrick O'Neal, Madlyn Rhue, Allyn Ann McLearie, Peter Bergman, Stuart Damon, John Gabriel, Robin Mattson, Robert S. Woods. Directed by William Wiard. Somebody's systematically knocking off the stars of a late-night soap opera (played by real daytime soap stars) and the show's creator Pleshette fears she may be next. An offbeat but flaccid whodunit. Average. FANTASY ISLAND 1977 100 min. Ricardo Montalban, Bill Bixby, Sandra Dee, Peter Lawford, Carol Lynley, Hugh O'Brian, Eleanor Parker, Victoria Principal, Dick Sargent. Directed by Richard Lang. Dreams come true for a mysterious millionaire Montalban's glamorous island paradise, where for $50,000 each, guests can live out their treasured fantasies. Derivative idea spawned the hit series. Below average. FARRELL FOR THE PEOPLE 1982 100 min. Valerie Harper, Ed O'Neill, Gregory Sierra, Eugene Roche, Judith Chapman, Steve Inwood, Kene Holliday, Dennis Lipscomb, Richard T. Herd. Directed by Paul Wendkos. Harper's eager to make it as a prosecutor by taking on the case of an ex-con accused of murder and his celebrity author sponsor. This failed pilot built itself around the real-life case of convict Jack Henry Abbott and writer Norman Mailer. Average. FAST FRIENDS 1979 100 min. Carrie Snodgrass, Dick Shawn, Edie Adams, Michael Parks, Jed Allen, Mackenzie Phillips, Vivian Blaine. Directed by Steven Hilliard Stern. Far from engrossing drama about a divorcee's struggle to make it on her own in the broadcasting game. Average. FATHER FIGURE 1980 95 min. Hal Linden, Timothy Hutton, Jeremy Licht, Martha Scott, Cassie Yates. Directed by Jerry London. A widower tries to establish a relationship with two sons from whom he has been separated for five years. Affecting drama written by William Hanley from Richard Peck's novel. Above average. FEAR NO EVIL 1969 98 min. Louis Jordan, Bradford Dillman, Lynda Day, Marsha Hunt, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Carroll O'Connor. Directed by Paul Wendkos. An antique mirror is actually the entrance to another supernatural world. A scientist (Dillman) buys it; after he dies in an accident, his fiancee learns it can bring him back. Good cast in a moderately inventive examination of magic. Fairly offbeat, above average. FEAR ON TRIAL 1975 100 min. George C. Scott, Willam Devane, Dorothy Tristan, John Houseman, Judd Hirsch, Lois Nettleton, Milt Kogan, Ben Piazza. Directed by Lamont Johnson. Superb drama about the blacklisting and subsequent libel trial of 1950s broadcaster John Henry Faulk. Scott etches another memorable portrait as attorney Louis Nizer; Devane is equally as fine as Faulk. David Rintels won an Emmy for his teleplay. Above average. FEMALE ARTILLERY 1973 73 min. Dennis Weaver, Ida Lupino, Sally Ann Howes, Linda Evans, Albert Salmi, Anna Navarro, Nina Foch. Directed by Marvin Chomsky. Boring adventure with comedy undertones features Weaver as a man on the run from a gang, hiding stolen money with a female wagon train, who, in turn, steal it from him to force him to lead them to a nearby fort. Laughable resolution, negligible suspense, adequate performances. Average. FER-DE-LANCE 1974 100 min. David Janssen, Hope Lange, Ivan Dixon, Jason Evers, Ben Piazza, Charles Robinson. Directed by Russ Mayberry. Suspense tale about a submarine wedged below the sea, terrorized from within by deadly snakes. Ridiculous story and characters, with creepy crawlers, for those that like that kind of thing. Below average. THE FIGHTER 1983 96 min. Gregory Harrison, Glynnis O'Connor, Pat Hingle, Steve Inwood, Susan Kellerman, Justin Lord. Directed by David Lowell Rich. Predictable boxing film -- long a movie staple -- with Harrison as an unemployed mail worker who straps on the gloves for the bucks. Average. FIGHTING BACK 1980 100 min. Robert Urich, Art Carney, Bonnie Bedalia, Richard Herd, Howard Cosell, Simone Griffeth, Steve Tannen, Bubba Smith, The Pittsburgh Steelers. Directed by Robert Lieberman. The story of Rocky Bleier, who overcame near-crippling war injuries in Vietnam to become a pro football great. Average. FIRE! 1977 100 min. Ernest Borgnine, Vera Miles, Patty Duke Astin, Alex Cord, Lloyd Nolan, Neville Brand, Gene Evans. Directed by Earl Bellamy. A mountain community is threatened by a forest fire started by a convict to cover his escape from a chain gang. Carefully structured suspense in the familiar Irwin Allen style. Average. A FIRE IN THE SKY 1978 150 min. Richard Crenna, Elizabeth Ashley, David Dukes, Joanna Miles, Lloyd Bochner, Andrew Duggan. Directed by Jerry Jameson. Disaster flick about a comet hurtling toward Phoenix, Arizona, is blessed with striking special effects and miniature work to offset the tedium of the multicharacter plot. Average. FIREHOUSE 1972 73 min. Richard Roundtree, Vince Edwards, Andrew Duggan, Richard Jaeckel, Val Avery, Paul Le Mat. Directed by Alex March. A tense situation develops when, after the death of a fireman, a fire station accepts a black rookie (Roundtree) as a probational replacement. Resolution barely makes it, thanks to an unusually fine combination of stock footage and studio work. Pilot for a short-lived TV series. Above average. FIRST AFFAIR 1983 100 min. Loretta Swit, Melissa Sue Anderson, Joel Higgins, Kim Delaney, Amanda Bearse, Robin Morse. Directed by Gus Trikonis. Romantic nonsense for soap wallowers. College freshman Anderson seduces English professor Swit's husband after being hired as their baby-sitter. Below average. THE FIRST TIME 1982 100 min. Susan Anspach, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Peter Barton, Edward Winter, Michael McKenzie, John Anderson, Krista Errikson, Harriet Nelson. Directed by Noel Nosseck. A desperate mother clashes with her teenaged daughter over their sexual mores, and can't understand why the youngster has run off with her boyfriend while she herself is looking for someone to bed down with. Average. FIRST, YOU CRY 1978 100 min. Mary Tyler Moore, Anthony Perkins, Richard Crenna, Jennifer Warren, Florence Eldrige, Don Johnson. Directed by George Schaefer. A well-intentioned and well-received but curiously unenthralling dramatization of news correspondent Betty Rollin's book about her mastectomy, providing Moore with her first meaty dramatic role. Average. FIVE DESPERATE WOMEN 1971 73 min. Robert Conrad, Anjanette Comer, Bradford Dillman, Joan Hackett, Denise Nicholas, Stefanie Powers. Directed by Ted Post. Forced character-study thriller has five female graduates of Brindley College reunited on a rented island mansion stalked by a mental hospital escapee. Typical new-dangers-every-second approach can't hide the formula plot. Average.
THE 500 POUND JERK 1972 73 min. James Franciscus, Alex Karras, Hope Lange, Howard Cosell, Victor Spinetti, Claudia Butenuth. Directed by William Kronick. Odd mixture of comedy and realism in a lumpy tale of an Olympic weight-lifter falling in love with a Soviet athelete. Average. THE $5.20 AN HOUR DREAM 1980 100 min. Linda Lavin, Richard Jaeckel, Nicholas Pryor, Pamela McMyler, Mayf Nutter. Directed by Russ Mayberry. Blue-collar drama, not dissimilar to NORMA RAE, about a divorced mother determined to get a higher-paying factory job on the traditionally all-male assembly line. Predictable at every turn. Average. THE FLAME IS LOVE 1979 100 min. Linda Purl, Shane Briant, Timothy Dalton, Richard Johnson, Joan Greenwood, Paul Lavers. Directed by Michael O'Herlihy. Florid romantic melodrama about an American heiress' encounters with love and intrigue in Paris while traveling to England to marry her sweetheart at the turn of the century. Perfunctory acting mars the filming of Barbara Cartland's popular novel. Average. FLAMINGO ROAD 1980 100 min. John Beck, Christina Raines, Howard Duff, Morgan Fairchild, Kevin McCarthy, Barbara Rush, Mark Harmon, Stella Stevens, Mason Adams. Directed by Gus Trikonis. Fair remake of the Joan Crawford oldie about the haves and have-nots in a small Florida town into which an attractive carnival drifter stumbles. The TV series spun off from this version. Average. FLATBED ANNIE & SWEETIEPIE: LADY TRUCKERS 1979 100 min. Annie Potts, Kim Darby, Harry Dean Stanton, Arthur Godfrey, Rory Calhoun, Billy Carter. Directed by Robert Greenwald. Like the title says with Potts and Darby as a pair of resourceful women acting like a pair of good old boys to keep their expensive rig out of the clutches of repossessors as well as hijacked. Average. FLESH AND BLOOD 1979 200 min. Tom Berenger, Mitchell Ryan, Suzanne Pleshette, John Cassavetes, Kristin Griffith, Denzel Washington. Directed by Jud Taylor. The rise and fall of a young street tough who becomes a heavyweight contender. Based on Pete Hamill's best seller, spiced with an incest supblot, and stunningly filmed by Vilmos Sigmond. Above average. FLIGHT #90: DISASTER ON THE POTOMAC 1984 100 min. Richard Masur, Stephen Macht, Dinah Manoff, Donnelly Rhodes, Barry Corbin, Jamie Rose. Directed by Robert Michael Lewis. Fairly engrossing dramatization of the fatal 1982 plane crash in Washington, D.C. A disaster movie that relies more on tension than familiar TV faces, and that gives it an edge. Average. FLIGHT TO HOLOCAUST 1977 100 min. Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum, Desi Arnaz Jr., Sid Caesar, Rory Calhoun, Lloyd Nolan, Paul Williams, Fawne Harriman. Directed by Bernard Kowalski. Professional troubleshooters involved in freeing the passengers of a private plane that crashed and lodged in the side of a skysraper. Contrived disaster rescue tale with several second-generation film personalities competing with ludicrous special effects. Below average. FLOOD! 1976 100 min. Robert Culp, Martin Milner, Barbara Hershey, Richard Basehart, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Cameron Mitchell, Eric Olson, Teresa Wright. Directed by Earl Bellamy. Cynical helicopter pilot Culp is pressed into reluctant service when a small town is devastated by a flood after a faulty dam bursts. Irwin Allen's first made-for-TV disaster movie, slick and predictable. Average. FLY AWAY HOME 1981 Bruce Boxleitner, Tiana Alexandra, Michael Beck, Brian Dennehy, Lynne Moody, Olivia Cole, Edward Winter, Keye Luke. Directed by Paul Krasny. Writer-producer Stirling Silliphant's ambitious but unrewarding pilot for a weekly series about the Vietnam War as viewed by a combat camerman and his cynical boss, head of the Saigon news bureau. Average. FLYING HIGH 1978 97 min. Kathryn Witt, Pat Klous, Connie Sellecca, Marcia Wallace, Jim Hutton. Directed by Peter Hunt. Middling comedy about airline stewardesses aloft and aground that spawned a brief series. Average. FOOTSTEPS 1972 73 min. Richard Crenna, Joanna Pettet, Forrest Tucker, Clu Gulager, Ned Beatty, Allen Garfield. Directed by Paul Wendkos. OK study of monstrous Paddy O'Connor (Crenna) arriving at a success-starved college as an assistant football coach, determined to eliminate all the opposition. Good performances by the entire cast, interesting point of view. Above average. Also titled: NICE GUYS FINISH LAST. FOR LADIES ONLY 1981 100 min. Gregory Harrison, Patricia Davis, Dinah Manhoff, Louise Lasser, Lee Grant, Marc Singer, Viveca Lindfors, Steven Keats. Directed by Mel Damski. A struggling young actor takes a job as a male go-go dancer when he fails to achieve his initial goal. Ronald Reagan's daughter, Patricia Davis, makes her TV move debut here, and Dinah Manoff costars with her mother, Lee Grant (although they share no scenes). Average. FOR LOVERS ONLY 1982 100 min. Deborah Raffin, Andy Griffith, Gary Sandy, Sally Kellerman, Katherine Helmond, Robert Hegyes, Gordon Jump, Jane Kaczmarek. Directed by Claudio Guzman. A drydocked LOVE BOAT with an unending parade of derivations on the familiar bringing-lovers-together-and-fullfilling- their-fantasies ploy. Below average. FOR THE LOVE OF IT 1980 100 min. Deborah Raffin, Jeff Conaway, Barbi Benton, Don Rickles, Adam West, Tom Bosley, William Christopher, Norman Fell, Henry Gibson, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Pat Morita, Jack Carter, Gil Lamb, Eddie Quillan, Lurene Tuttle. Directed by Hal Kanter. Madcap tale of a model and a lovestruck medical student, who find themselves pursued by a motley assortment of villains and government agents. Packed with stunts, sight gags, familiar TV faces, and frantic dialogue. Average. FORBIDDEN LOVE 1982 100 min. Yvette Mimieux, Andrew Stevens, Lisa Lucas, Dana Elcar, Jerry Houser, Randy Brooks, Lynn Carlin, Hildy Brooks, John Considine. Directed by Steven H. Stern. Tiresome older woman/younger man affair involving the same old pretty people who don't seem to have to work for a living. Below average. FORCE FIVE 1975 78 min. Gerald Gordon, Nick Pryor, James Hampton, Bradford Dillman, David Spielberg, Leif Erickson. Directed by Walter Grauman. Hard-nosed veteran cop Gordon heads a special undercover squad of ex-cons to fight street crime using their specialized skills. It's THE DIRTY DOZEN minus seven in mufti. Below average. FOREIGN EXCHANGE 1969 72 min. Robert Horton, Sebastian Cabot, Jill St. John, Eric Pohlmann, Dudley Foster, Clive Graham. Directed by Roy (Ward) Baker. The so-called cynical exploits of an American forced to work for the British secret service in a devious plan to have himself exchanged for a former Russian defector jailed in England. If you miss one minute of the pilot, you'll probably be lost. Sequel to THE SPY KILLER. Average. FOREVER 1978 100 min. Stephanie Zimbalist, Dean Butler, John Friedrich, Beth Raines, Jordan Clarke, Diana Scarwid. Directed by John Korty. Romantic drama about a teenage girl's first real love, adapted from Judy Blume's starry-eyed novel by A.J. Carothers. Average. THE FORGOTTEN MAN 1971 73 min. Dennis Weaver, Anne Francis, Lois Nettleton, Andrew Duggan, Pamelyn Ferdin, Percy Rodrigues. Directed by Walter Grauman. A North Vietnam escapee returns home and finds his wife remarried, his business sold, and his daughter adopted. Location-shot, film soft-pedals its anger. Good performances. Average. THE FORTY-EIGHT HOUR MILE 1970 97 min. Darren McGavin, William Windon, Kathy Brown, Carrie Snodgress. Directed by Gene Levitt. A private-eye's unusual assignment leads to a tragic resolution involving two women in love with the same man. Excellent performances, offbeat point of view. Strung together from two episodes of THE OUTSIDER. Above average. FOSTER AND LAURIE 1975 100 min. Perry King, Dorian Harewood, Talia Shire, Jonelle Allen, Roger Aaron Brown, Victor Campos. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey. True-life story of two N.Y.C. cops killed in a brutal ambush by a militant extremist group attempting to terrorize the Police Department. More than a simple cop movie, this concentrates on characterization and the personal relationship between Italian Rocco Laurie (King) and his black partner, Gregory Foster (Harewood). Excellent performances. Above average. FOUND MONEY 1983 100 min. Dick Van Dyke, Sid Caesar, Shelley Hack, Christopher Murney, William Prince, Ron Frazier, Barton Heyman. Directed by Bill Persky. A thoughtful little satire that winningly teams two comedy greats. Van Dyke is an NYC bank executive, forced into early retirement, who uses a new computer to clean out dormant accounts and donate the cash anonymously to deserving citizens; Caesar is a fired bank guard who goes along until he sees how it's affecting the population. Written by Michael Fairman and Richard Sanders (both of WKRP fame), who gave themselves amusing cameos. Above average. FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY 1973 200 min. James Mason, Leonard Whiting, Michael Sarrazin, David McCallum, Jane Seymour, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton, Ralph Richardson, Agnes Moorehead, John Gielgud, Tom Baker. Directed by Jack Smight. Epic retelling of Mary Shelley's frightmare with a brilliant Christoper Isherwood screenplay; not quite the letter of the novel, but competes favorably with the immortal Karloff movies on the theme by sheer spectacle. The creature, played stunningly by Sarrazin, is not the traditional stitched-together ogre, but a dashing Victorian rogue who proceeds to physically degenerate while various psychological avenues are explored. Marvelous cast in this thinking- man's horror movie. Above average. FREEDOM 1981 100 min. Mare Winningham, Jennifer Warren, Tony Bill, Roy Thinnes, Peter Horton, Eloy Phil Casados, J. Pat O'Malley. Directed by Joseph Sargent. A rebellious teenager takes off on a solitary journey through backroads America after being given he freedom by her family -- and comes to understand the true meaning of having a home. Winningham gives another winning performance and sings six original songs written by Janis Ian. Above average. FREEDOM ROAD 1979 200 min. Muhammad Ali, Kris Kristofferson, Ron O'Neal, Barbara-O Jones, Edward Herrmann, John McLiam, Ernest Dixon. Directed by Jan Kadar. Lumbering adaptation of the sprawling Howard Fast novel about an ex-slave's rise to U.S. Senator in Reconstruction Days, hampered by the nonacting of Ali in the crucial lead. Ossie Davis provides dignified narration to Kadar's last film. Average. FRIENDLY PERSUASION 1975 100 min. Richard Kiley, Shirley Knight, Clifton James, Michael O'Keefe, Kevin O'Keefe, Tracie Savage, Sparky Marcus. Directed by Joseph Sargent. Picturesque, well-acted drama about a gentle Quaker couple who risk their lives to help a pair of runaway slaves seeking freedom. Kiley and Knight compare admirably to Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire, who starred in the 1956 film classic. Retitled EXCEPT FOR THEE AND ME. Above average. FRIENDSHIPS, SECRETS AND LIES 1979 100 min. Cathryn Damon, Shelley Fabares, Sondra Locke, Tina Louise, Paula Prentiss, Stella Stevens, Loretta Swit. Directed by Ann Zane Shanks and Marlena Laird. Seven college sorority sisters relive the past when a baby skeleton is discovered as the old house on campus is razed. Uninspired telling of Babs H. Deal's novel, THE WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN, with an all-female cast and virtually all-female production crew. Average. FROM A FAR COUNTRY: POPE JOHN PAUL II 1981 100 min. Cezary Morawski, Sam Neill, Chistopher Cazenove, Warren Clarke, Lisa Harrow, Maurice Denham, Kathleen Byron. Directed by Krzyszof Zanussi. An earnest, somber -- and boring -- drama tracing the life of the man who would become Pope, from his boyhood through WW2. Ironically, its premeire coincided with the December 1981 crisis in Poland. Average. FUGITIVE FAMILY 1980 100 min. Richard Crenna, Diane Baker, Eli Wallach, Don Murray, Ronny Cox, Mel Ferrer, William Kirby Cullen. Directed by Paul Krasny. Drama about a government witness who is forced to take his family into hiding after testifying against a syndicate boss. Average. FUN AND GAMES 1980 100 min. Valerie Harper, Cliff DeYoung, Max Gail, Jobeth Williams, Peter Donat, Art Hindle, Michael Nouri. Directed by Allan Smithee. Sexual harassment on the job is faced obliquely and patly in this drama, from which the director withdrew his name, leaving credit to the prolific and pseudonymous Smithee. Average. FUTURE COP 1976 78 min. Ernest Borgnine, Michael Shannon, Jon Amos, John Larch, Herbet Nelson, Ronnie Clair Edwards. Directed by Jud Taylor. A boisterous veteran cop and his robot partner, programed to be the perfect policeman, team up to track a gang of car thieves. Borgnine's blustering and Shannon's affability make the silly premise bearable if not workable -- though it subsequently became a series. Average.
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