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100 min.
David Naughton, Dorian Harewood, Brad Dourif, Marilyn Jones, Barbara Stock, Arthur Rosenberg, James Victor. Directed by
John Llewellyn Moxey.
Credit the cast for playing this one straight: An obsessed coroner's aide becomes suspicious of a Hollywood hooker who
turns out to be a vampire. And there's not a tongue to be spied in cheek! Average.

100 min.
Ida Lupino, David Hartman, Les Crane, Jack Weston, Terry-Thomas, Hagan Beggs, Don Knotts. Directed by Leslie Stevens.
Depressing attempt at adventure-comedy in a spoof of old-time radio series features three detectives representing an
insurance company in a search for a missing billionaire; instead they find they've been lured to an island. Waste of a
good cast. Filmed in 1967. Below average.

78 min.
Hope Lange, Earl Holliman, Michael Murphy, Patricia Smith, Kerry Shuttleton, Brian Andrews. Directed by Sam O'Steen.
A frustrated suburban housewife decides to leave her family to make it on her own. Gentle feminist drama, well-acted by
Lange. Average.

100 min.
Marie Osmond, Bruce Boxleitner, John Bennet Perry, Ross Martin, Jeffrey DeMunn, Alison Arngrim. Directed by Michael
The title tells all, though the memoirs of singer-actress Josephine Marcus, who left a middle-class Jewish family to
pursue a career, and then became the legendary lawman's wife, should have provided more interesting fare. Made in 1981,
which explains the posthumous credit for Ross Martin. Average.

100 min.
Susan Saint James, John Rubenstein, James Murtaugh, Adam West, Dee Wallace, Brian Dennehy, Hermoine Baddeley, Steve
Garvey. Directed by Larry Peerce.
Engaging comedy abut a bored suburban wife who spends her anniversary part first asking for a divorce and then
fantasizing about marriage to three others. Average.

100 min.
Lindsay Wagner, Martin Balsam, Pamela Reed, Harry Dean Stanton, Seymour Cassel, Dana Elcar, Robert Ginty, Don Stroud,
Barry Primus, Ken Swofford. Directed by David Lowell Rich.
Wagner's portrayal of B-girl Barbara Graham who went to the gas chamber in 1955 after being convicted of a robbery
murder is only a shadow of Susan Hayward's Oscar-winning one in this remake. Average.

100 min.
Valerie Bertinelli, Ted Wass, Sam Wanamaker, Karen Morrow, Kenneth Kimmins, Holland Taylor. Directed by Marvin J.
Sophomorically cutesy comedy whose plot can be summed up in six words -- and they're all in the title. Director
Chomsky, with credits ranging from ROOTS to HOLOCAUST, must have done this for a lark. Below average.

73 min.
Patty Duke, Frank Liu, James Whitmore, Anne Baxter, Pat Hingle, Mako. Directed by George McCowan.
California, 1941: a young girl falls in love with a Japanese-American, due to prejudices and tense atmosphere, they
keep their marriage a secret. Enter Pearl Harbor. Typically stereotyped, one-sided; the film's point of view and
overall feel is designed not to offend anyone. Average.

196 min.
Robert Duvall, Lee Remick, Dana Andrews, J.D. Cannon, Darren McGavin, Paul Gleason, Laurence Luckinbill, Wensley
Pithey, Ian Richardson, William Schallert. Directed by Melville Shavelson and Boris Sagal.
Duvall is four-stars as Eisenhower, fighting WW2 and having a wartime romance with his driver, Kay Summersby,
sparkingly played by Remick. Originally aired as IKE in a six-hour miniseries form. Above average.

100 min.
Karen Valentine, Brian Murray, Ben Masters, Wayne Tippitt, Joe Silver. Directed by Walter Grauman.
A high fashion designer gets entangled in international intrigue while searching for her supposedly dead husband in
France. Average.

200 min.
Stephen Macht, Sharon Gless, Aimee Eccles, Richard Anderson, Ina Balin, Lloyd Bochner, Kevin Dobson, Roddy McDowall,
Pernell Roberts, John Saxon, Susan Strasberg, Barry Sullivan, Yuki Shimoda. Directed by Alan J. Levi.
The son of Italian immigrants becomes a shipping magnate and claws his way into Nob Hill society. Based on Howard
Fast's novel. Originally shown in two parts. Average.

75 min.
Christopher George, Jessica Walter, Barry Sullivan, Carol Lynley, Ralph Bellamy. Directed by Joseph Sargent.
Uneven mixture of sci-fi (from the James Gunn novel) and drama. A racetrack driver discovers his blood contains freak
antibodies making him immune to the aging process. The complications and subplots need far more running time. Average;
pilot for the series.

100 min.
Carrie Snodgrass, Michael Brandon, Michael Constantine, Marian Hailey, Hector Elizondo. Directed by John Badham.
A young social worker seems to be able to solve everyone's problems except her own. Fair melodrama by Alvin Sargent
with strong lead performances. Above average.

78 min.
Paul Hecht, Nancy Kelly, John Vernon, Edward Asner. Directed by Edward M. Abroms.
Ex-Army intelligence officer Hecht accepts $5000 to impersonate a man targeted for assassination. Routine movie and
projected series pilot. Average.

73 min.
Richard Boone, Suzanne Pleshette, Stella Stevens, Fred Beir, John Marley, Whit Bissell. Directed by Robert Day.
A recently blinded movie star (Boone) discovers his wife's infidelity, plots a double murder. Excellent cast in
straightforward, no-nonsense suspense film written by Larry Cohen. Above average.

100 min.
Blythe Danner, Sam Waterston, Joyce Van Patten, Georg Stanford Brown, Beth Ehlers. Directed by Gene Reynolds.
Attorney Danner chucks her job to defend kids in trouble with the law. Average.

100 min.
John Ritter, Karen Carlson, Jamie Ross, Robert Mandan, Jeff Altman, George Murdock. Directed by Jack Bender.
An ingratiating bittersweet romantic comedy several notches above the routine mature lady-younger man movie that the
title suggests, sparked by the two lead performances. David Kaufelt's novel SIX MONTHS WITH AN OLDER WOMAN was the 
basis for Michael Norell's witty script. Above average.

75 min.
Michael Callan, Ann Prentiss, Paul Ford, Eve Arden, Elsa Lanchester, Ruth Buzzi, Chris Connelly. Directed by E.W.
Several marriages set up by Callan and Prentiss are discovered illegal; couples must be found and remarried. Rehash of
WE'RE NOT MARRIED is pleasant comedy, if not taken too seriously, thanks to good cast, dialogue. Script by Bernard
Slade. Above average.

78 min.
Claude Akins, Frank Converse, Sondra Blake, Richard Angarola, Ann Coleman, Janis Hansen, Titos Vandis. Directed by
Bernard Kowalski.
A tough veteran and his college-educated partner, and gypsy truckers, get involved in a labor dispute in citrus
country. Rugged performances led to the subsequent MOVIN' ON series (this film's subsequent title). Average.

100 min.
Martin Sheen, Jane Alexander, Emilio Estevez, Kenneth McMillan, Ed Lauter, Matt Clark, John Hancock, Virginia Kiser.
Directed by Martin Sheen.
Thoughtful drama about a middle-class family's ordeal when their teenage son (Sheen's real-life son, Estevez) is jailed
on drunk charges with hardened criminals and the parents can't get him out. Written by Jennifer Miller. Above average.

100 min.
Chad Everett, Barbara Hershey, Anthony Zerbe, Howard Duff, David Wayne, Tisha Sterling. Directed by Robert Butler.
Sleazy murder melodrama in which lawyer/detective Everett is dragged into the case of a lesbian charged with killing
her blackmailer. Below average.

100 min.
Diana Rigg, Judi Bowker, Gwen Watford, Pamela Brown, Denis Quilley, Nicholas Clay. Directed by George Schaefer.
A sophisticated London businesswoman chucks it all to become a Benedictine nun. Rigg gives her usual sublime
performance in this moving James Costigan adaptation of Rumer Godden's novel. Above average.

98 min.
Richard Kiley, Chris Connelly, Leslie Nielsen, Phyllis Thaxter, John Marley, Ruth Roman, Tim O'Connor, Claudia McNeil.
Directed by Don Medford.
A middle-aged businessman (Kiley) cannot prove innocence in an assault-case-turned-murder, but a young newspaperman
(Connelly) attempts a single-handed crusade. Well executed, but the script unconvincing at wrong moments. Forget about
ending. Above average.


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INCIDENT ON DARK STREET 1972 73 min. James Olson, Richard Castellano, William Shatner, David Canary, Robert Pine, Gilbert Roland. Directed by Buzz Kulik. An uneven but interesting crime-actioner detailing the typical day-in-the-life of a big city D.A. office, centering on the murder of a man as he left a nightclub. OK performances, fair resolution. Average. INDICT AND CONVICT 1973 100 min. George Grizzard, Reni Santoni, Susan Howard, Ed Flanders, Eli Wallach, William Shatner, Harry Guardino. Directed by Boris Sagal. Drama traces the investigation of deputy DA Shatner, accused of murdering his wife and her lover, although he was 150 miles away at the time. Good cast sparks courtroom action under judge Myrna Loy. Above average. THE INITIATION OF SARAH 1978 100 min. Kay Lenz, Shelley Winters, Kathryn Crosby, Tony Bill, Elizabeth Stack, Morgan Brittany, Tisa Farrow. Directed by Robert Day. Occult tale surrounding a college sorority initiation; one of the coeds falls under the spell of witch Winters. Average. INMATES: A LOVE STORY 1981 100 min. Kate Jackson, Perry King, Shirley Jones, Tony Curtis, Pamela Reed, Paul Koslo, Fay Hauser, Penelope Allen. Directed by Guy Green. Credit everyone for playing this one straight, considering it's about a coed prison! Relish Curtis's flamboyant small-time hood and Jones' scenery-chewing send-up of Ida Lupino's hard-as-nails prison matron. Average. AN INNOCENT LOVE 1982 100 min. Melissa Sue Anderson, Doug McKeon, Rocky Bauer, Christoff St. John, Pat Finley, John Colenback. Directed Roger Young. Romance blossoms between a fourteen-year old math genius and the nineteen-year-old coed he's tutoring in this derivation of the "older woman" movie cycle of the early '80s. Average. INSIDE THE THIRD REICH 1982 250 min. Rutger Hauer, John Gielgud, Maria Schell, Blythe Danner, Trevor Howard, Viveca Lindfors, Derek Jacobi, Randy Quaid, Stephen Collins, Ian Holm, Elke Sommer, Renee Soutendjik, Robert Vaughn, Zoe Wanamaker, Mort Sahl. Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky. Jarring adaptation of Albert Speer's autobiography with a stellar cast headed by Dutch actor Hauer in his American TV debut. Jacobi is a standout as Adolph Hitler. Written and produced by E. Jack Neuman. Originally shown in two parts. Above average. INSTITUTE FOR REVENGE 1979 78 min. Sam Groom, Lauren Hutton, Lane Binkley, Leslie Nielsen, Ray Walston, George Hamilton, Robert Coote. Directed by Kan Annakin. Tongue-in-cheek sci-fi about a sophisticated computer that assigns human operatives to correct wrongs against the defenseless and non-violently bring in the evildoers. Pilot to a prospective series. Average. INTIMATE AGONY 1983 100 min. Anthony Geary, Judith Light, Mark Harmon, Arthur Hill, Brian Kerwin, Penny Fuller, Robert Vaughn. Directed by Paul Wendkos. An idealistic doctor (daytime soap star Geary) tries to find out who's spreading herpes through arrogant developer Vaughn's summer resort. As a "disease of the week" drama, this one's the pits. Below average. THE INTRUDERS 1970 95 min. Don Murray, Edmond O'Brien, John Saxon, Anne Francis, Gene Evans, Edward Andrews. Directed by William Graham. Half breed ex-con Billy Pye (Saxon) returns to Medelia to become a lawman, vindicate himself from a frame-up. Many subplots and characters to get into, but nothing comes together. Average. THE INVASION OF JOHNSON COUNTY 1976 100 min. Bill Bixby, Bo Hopkins, John Hillerman, Billy Green Bush, Stephen Elliott, Luke Askew. Directed by Jerry Jameson. A city slicker and a country bumpkin versus land barons and their gunslingers to foil a land-grab scheme in the Old West. Offbeat hoss-opera with a witty script and enough action to please every western fan. Predates HEAVEN'S GATE, which tells the same basic story. Above average. AN INVASION OF PRIVACY 1983 100 min. Valerie Harper, Cliff DeYoung, Tammy Grimes, Carol Kane, Richard Masur, Jerry Orbach, Peter Michael Goetz. Directed by Mel Damski. Provocative drama about a newly divorced vacationer's tribulations after being raped by one of the locals. Elaine Mueller's well-turned script was based on Joan Taylor's book ASKING FOR IT, but gets compromised. Average. THE INVISIBLE MAN 1975 78 min. David McCallum, Melinda Fee, Jackie Cooper, Henry Darrow, Alex Henteloff, Arch Johnson. Directed by Robert Michael Lewis. Contemporized version of the H.G. Wells classic about a scientist who learns the secret of invisibility but later runs into complications. Should have disappeared before becoming a subsequent series. Below average. THE INVISIBLE WOMAN 1983 100 min. Bob Denver, Alexa Hamilton, David Doyle, George Gobel, Anne Haney, Harvey Korman, Jonathan Banks, Garrett Morris, Richard Sanders. Directed by Alan J. Levi. Reporter Hamilton starts fading out after spilling some chemicals on herself in biochemist uncle Denver's lab and puts her occasional invisibility to use in chasing the big story of a huge art heist. Done by the GILLIGAN'S ISLAND people and pretty much on that level, right down to the laugh track. Busted pilot shot on videotape. Below average. INVITATION TO HELL 1984 100 min. Robert Urich, Joanna Cassidy, Susan Lucci, Kevin McCarthy, Patricia McCormack, Joe Regalbuto. Directed by Wes Craven. The FAUST story with a contemporary twist and daytime soap vixen Lucci playing the Devil herself, out to nab the souls of space scientist Urich and family. Average. IRONSIDE 1967 98 min. Raymond Burr, Geraldine Brooks, Gene Lyons, Don Galloway, Don Mitchell, Barbara Anderson. Directed by James Goldstone. Excellent performance by Burr and tight direction highlight this sympathetic, suspenseful story of a San Francisco police inspector shot and paralyzed by a sniper, reacting to public pressure and friends who rally 'round him. Above average. Pilot for the hit series. ISABEL'S CHOICE 1981 100 min. Jean Stapleton, Richard Kiley, Peter Coyote, Betsy Palmer, Mildred Dunnock. Directed by Guy Green. The choice in this drama by Oliver Hailey is between career and marriage for a widowed secretary when her boss, whom she has helped climb the corporate ladder, is forced in to early retirement. If anybody really cares, that is. Average. ISHI: THE LAST OF HIS TRIBE 1978 150 min. Dennis Weaver, Eloy Phil Casodos, Devon Ericson, Joseph Running Fox, Lois Red Elk, Michael Medina. Directed by Robert Ellis. Absorbing drama traces the life of the last Yahi Indian from childhood to his early death, and his friendship with an anthropologist (Weaver). Interesting adaptation of Theodora Kroeber's book was started by Dalton Trumbo (who died while writing it) and completed by his son Christopher. Above average. THE ISLANDER 1978 100 min. Dennis Weaver, Sharon Gless, Peter Mark Richman, Bernadette Peters, Robert Vaughn, Sheldon Leonard. Directed by Paul Krasny. Lawyer Weaver retires to Hawaii to run a hotel, but soon finds himself involved with a variety of characters in various degrees of trouble with the law. OK series pilot. Average. ISN'T IT SHOCKING? 1973 73 min. Alan Alda, Louise Lasser, Edmond O'Brien, Ruth Gordon, Will Geer, Dorothy Tristan, Lloyd Nolan. Directed by John Badham. Virtually everything clicks in this brilliant, oddball comedy-mystery about a series of bizarre murders disrupting the usual day-to-day routine of a small New England town's police department. Excellent cast, script (by Lane Slate) and direction. A film to remember. Above average. INSTANBUL EXPRESS 1968 94 min. Gene Barry, John Saxon, Senta Berger, Mary Ann Mobley, Tom Simcox. Directed by Richard Irving. The Trans-Europa Express is the main scene of action in this tired espionage film featuring Barry as one of several spies vying for the research notes of a deceased scientist. Script by Richard Levinson and William Link. Average. IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS 1977 112 min. Marlo Thomas, Wayne Rogers, Orson Welles, Cloris Leachman, Barney Martin, Karen Carlson, Doris Roberts. Directed by Donald Wrye. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE with change of sex only proves how wonderful the original by Frank Capra was -- and is. This one goes on forever, and that's just one of the problems. Anyway, earnestly made. Average. IT'S GOOD TO BE ALIVE 1974 100 min. Paul Winfield, Lou Gossett, Ruby Dee, Ramon Bieri, Joe DeSantis, Ty Henderson, Lloyd Gough. Directed by Michael Landon. The Roy Campanella story, beginning with the baseball star's crippling automobile accident in 1958. Especially strong performances by the three leads make this one rewarding viewing. Above average. IVANHOE 1982 150 min. James Mason, Anthony Andrews, Sam Neill, Michael Hordern, Olivia Hussey, Lysette Anthony, Julian Glover, John Rhys-Davies. Directed by Douglas Camfield. Robust, florid adaptation (by John Gay) of the Scott classic. Stunningly photographed by John Coquillon and enthusiastically played by a standout cast, especially Mason as Isaac of York. Above average. THE IVORY APE 1980 96 min. Jack Palance, Cindy Pickett, Steven Keats, Earle Hyman, Derek Partridge. Directed by Tom Kotani. The search for a snow-white gorilla that has been spirited from the African jungles to Bermuda by a crooked white hunter makes this one resemble a tacky Saturday matinee serial. Average.

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