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NADIA 1984 100 min. Talia Balsam, Jonathan Banks, Joe Bennett, Simone Blue, Johann Carlo, Conchata Ferrell, Carrie Snodgress. Directed by Alan Cooke. Nadia Comanici, the young Romanian athelete whose gymnastic feats during the 1976 Olympics enthralled the world, gets a curiously flat retelling of her story, with all of the lead actors either British or American (some working with Mittle-European accents) and the rest of the cast fleshed out with Yugoslavians. The gymnastic gyrations remain wondrous as performed by contemporary Olympic class performers. Average. NAKIA 1974 78 min. Robert Forster, Arthur Kennedy, Linda Evans, Chief George Clutesi, Stephen McNally, Christopher Stone. Directed by Leonard Horn. An American Indian deputy sheriff is torn between his heritage and his job, with strong overtones of BILLY JACK. Forster is granite-like and no-nonsense in the lead, and Kennedy provides the nuances as his boss. Both were in TV series which later spun off. Average. NASHVILLE GRAB 1981 100 min. Jeff Conaway, Cristina Raines, Gary Sandy, Slim Pickens, Henry Gibson, Dianne Kay, Mari Gorman, Betty Thomas. Directed by James L. Conway. Madcap chases and bumbling cops dominate this down-home romp about the kidnapping of an egotistical country singer by a couple of female convicts as their passport to freedom. From the folks who brought you the "Classics Illustrated" adventure movies. Below average. THE NATIVITY 1978 100 min. Madline Stowe, John Shea, Jane Wyatt, Paul Stewart, Audrey Totter, Leo McKern. Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski. A reverent Biblical retelling of the Joseph and Mary story hampered by pedestrian performances by the two leads and so-so direction by Kowalski. Average. THE NEIGHBORHOOD 1982 78 min. Christine Belford, Ron Masak, Ben Masters, Howard Rollins, Jr., Mary Joan Negro, Carol Potter, Michael Bross, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Thomas Quinn. Directed by Lee H. Katzin. Several blacks move into a white working-class urban area and stir up the residents in this unsold pilot based on a concept by syndicated columnist Jimmy Breslin. Average. THE NEON CEILING 1970 100 min. Lee Grant, Gig Young, Denise Nickerson, Herb Edelman, William Smithers. Directed by Frank R. Pierson. A woman and daughter, finding refuge from a bad marriage in a desert cafe-gas station, meet up with a stranger who eventually becomes part of their new start. Good cast deserves far better material. Average. NERO WOLFE 1977 97 min. Thayer David, Anne Baxter, Tom Mason, Brooke Adams, John Randolph, Biff McGuire, David Hurst, John Hoyt. Directed by Frank D. Gilroy. Series pilot built on a fine Gilroy adaptation of Rex Stout's THE DOORBELL RANG. David is ideally cast as the corpulent armchair sleuth, but his untimely death delayed a series for four years until a suitable replacement (William Conrad) could be found. Well worth watching, especially for mystery fans. Above average. NEVADA SMITH 1975 78 min. Cliff Potts, Lorne Greene, Adam West, Warren Vandors, Jorge Luke, Jerry Gatlin. Directed by Gordon Douglas. Western drama inspired by the Steve McQueen movie and characters from Harold Robbins' THE CARPETBAGGERS, with a half-breed (Potts) joining his former mentor (Greene) to escort a shipment of explosives across Utah Territory. Standard fare. Average. THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HEIDI 1978 100 min. Katy Kurtzman, Burl Ives, John Gavin, Marlyn Mason, Sean Marshall. Directed by Ralph Senasky. The Johanna Spyri perennial is given an unfortunate contemporary setting (The Big Apple!) and an unmemorable musicalization. Heidi go home. Average. NEW DAUGHTERS OF JOSHUA CABE 1976 78 min. John Renne Jarrett, Lezlie Dalton, Jack Elam, John Dehner, Geoffrey Lewis. Directed by Bruce Bilson. Third time round for rascally Joshua with the three gals he's passed off as his daughters coming to his rescue after he's framed for murder. Cabe and the girls have been different in all three films, which is more than can be said of the plot. Below average. THE NEW MAVERICK 1978 100 min. Charles Frank, Susan Blanchard, James Garner, Jack Kelly, Susan Sullivan, Eugene Roche, George Loros. Directed by Hy Averback. The stars of the well-remembered MAVERICK show (Garner and Kelly) appear in this new series pilot to introduce their equally crafty Harvard-dropout nephew (Frank), who pursues his own freewheeling Western adventures. Good fun. Average. THE NEW, ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN 1975 78 min. Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, John Randolph, Red Buttons, Stella Stevens, Cloris Leachman, Eric Braiden, Henry Gibson, Fannie Flagg. Directed by Leonard Horn. The 1940s comic book heroine performs her proverbial incredible exploits anew. The campiest movie this side of BATMAN -- and a subsequent series. Silly but tolerable. Average. NICK AND NORA 1975 78 min. Craig Stevens, Jo Ann Pflug, Jack Kruschen, Charles Macaulay, Denny Miller, Whit Bissell. Directed by Seymour Burns. The two leads desecrate the memories of William Powell and Myrna Loy in this dreadful update of THE THIN MAN. Below average. NICKY'S WORLD 1974 78 min. Mark Shera, Charles Cioffi, George Voskovec, Despo, Olympia Dukakis. Directed by Paul Stanley. A teenager in a close-knit Greek-American family searches for the culprit who put the torch to his parents' bakery. Family drama in THE WALTONS tradition. Average. NIGHT CHASE 1970 David Janssen, Yaphet Kotto, Victoria Vetri, Elisha Cook, Jr., Joe DeSantis. Directed by Jack Starrett. A wealthy businessman, believing he has killed his wife's lover, is forced to hire out a cab to drive to Mexico. Great on-the-road drama; suspense falls apart at the resolution. Above average. NIGHT CRIES 1978 100 min. Susan St. James, Michael Parks, Jamie Smith Jackson, William Conrad, Delores Dorn, Cathleen Nesbitt. Directed by Richard Lang. A young mother is haunted by dreams that her dead child is alive and in danger. Middling suspense tale. Average. NIGHT GALLERY 1969 98 min. Roddy McDowall, Ossie Davis, Barry Sullivan, Tom Bosley, George Macready, Joan Crawford, Richard Kiley, Sam Jaffe. Directed by Boris Sagal, Steven Spielberg, Barry Shear. A three-part anthology, each part revolving around lessons learned (via Rod Serling) from paintings: a despicable nephew speeds up the death of a wealthy old man, an art collector arranges for an eye transplant, a death camp fugitive in a South American country. This effective mixture of melodrama, morality, and the supernatural spawned a popular series; the middle tale was Spielberg's maiden directorial effort. Above average. NIGHT GAMES 1974 78 min. Barry Newman, Susan Howard. Albert Salmi, Luke Askew, JoAnna Cameron, Anjanette Comer, Ralph Meeker, Stefanie Powers. Drected by Don Taylor. Newman reprises the role he first did in THE LAWYER in 1970, this time establishing himself in a small Arizona town and defending socialite Powers accused of murdering her husband. The PETROCELLI series spun off from this film. Average.
NIGHT OF TERROR 1972 73 min. Donna Mills, Martin Balsam, Chuck Connors, Catherine Burns, Eddie Egan, Agnes Moorehead. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc. Violent, paranoid thriller hinging on unremembered clues, a vulnerable woman, and a syndicate runner with nothing to lose. OK performances but the plot is built around a pileup of crazy situations. Average. NIGHT PARTNERS 1983 100 min. Yvette Mimieux, Diana Canova, Arlen Dean Snyder, M. Emmet Walsh, Patricia McCormack, Patricia Davis, Larry Linville, Dick Anthony Williams. Directed by Noel Nosseck. Busted pilot has suburban housewives Mimieux and Canova volunteer to aid crime victims and pretend to be Cagney and Lacey, tooling around nights in an unmarked police car and righting wrongs without guns. Average. THE NIGHT RIDER 1979 78 min. David Selby, Percy Rodrigues, Kim Cattrall, George Grizzard, Anthony Herrera, Pernell Roberts, Anna Lee, Harris Yulin. Directed by Hy Averback. So-so ZORRO variant with a New Orleans dandy-by-day donning a mask and cape after dark to right assorted wrongs and to avenge his family's murder. Swashbuckler pilot without panache. Average. NIGHT SLAVES 1970 73 min. James Franciscus, Lee Grant, Scott Marlowe, Andrew Prine, Tisha Sterling, Leslie Nielsen. Directed by Ted Post. Aliens hypnotize town residents into helping repair a spacecraft. The story is built up as a mystery, from the point of view of a vacationing couple (Franciscus & Grant). Good story, reminiscent of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, is hurt by an indifferent script and direction. Average. THE NIGHT THAT PANICKED AMERICA 1975 100 min. Vic Morrow, Cliff De Young, Michael Constantine, Walter McGinn, Eileen Brennan, Meredith Baxter, Tom Bosley, Will Geer, Paul Shenar. Directed by Joseph Sargent. An intriguing recreation of Orson Welles' famed "War of the Worlds" broadcast on Halloween night, 1938, intermixed with real-life mini-dramas. Shenar offers an interesting Welles, but author Nicholas Meyer could have side-stepped the soap opera stuff. Later cut to 78 min. Above average. THE NIGHT THE BRIDGE FELL DOWN 1983 150 min. James MacArthur, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Char Fontane, Richard Gilliland, Leslie Nielsen, Eve Plumb, Barbara Rush, Gregor Sierra. Directed by Georg Fenady. A bank robber on the lam (Arnaz) is trapped with eight others on a collapsing bridge. Yet another Irwin Allen formula disaster film, though this was shelved for three years and (mercifully) trimmed by one hour before making its debut. Below average. THE NIGHT THE CITY SCREAMED 1980 100 min. Raymond Burr, Georg Stanford Brown, Robert Culp, David Cassidy, George DiCenzo, Gary Frank, Vic Tayback, Dick Anthony Williams, Shelley Smith. Directed by Harry Falk. A big blackout and its effect on the lives of a diverse group of citizens. Average. THE NIGHT THEY TOOK MISS BEAUTIFUL 1977 100 min. Chuck Connors, Gary Collins, Henry Gibson, Peter Haskell, Sheree North, Phil Silvers, Stella Stevens. Directed by Robert Michael Lewis. Skyjack drama involving a terrorist group headed by North, five beauty pageant finalists who are abducted, and deadly mutant germs for conducting bacterial warfare. A routine thriller with a planeload of familiar TV personalities. Average. NIGHTMARE 1974 78 min. Richard Crenna, Patty Duke Astin, Vic Morrow, Peter Bromilow, Arch Johnson, Richard Schaal. Directed by William Hale. A witness to a killing realizes he may be the sniper's next target. Bread and butter TV thriller. Average. NIGHTMARE IN CHICAGO 1964 80 min. Philip Abbott, Robert Ridgley, Ted Knight, Charles McGraw, John Alonzo, Barbara Turner. Directed by Robert Altman. A psychotic killer, known to tri-State police via newspapers as Georgie Porgie, terrorizes the Chicago area for 72 hours in a mad murder spree. Totally location-shot, the film does resemble a nightmare. (Originally a two-part KRAFT MYSTERY THEATER.) Above average. NIGHTSIDE 1980 78 min. Doug McClure, Michael Cornelison, John DeLancie, Roy Jenson, Jason Kincaid, Melinda Naud. Directed by Bernard Kowalski. A predictable cop show pilot that McClure plays with a rather nice light touch. Average. NO MAN'S LAND 1984 100 min. Stella Stevens, Terri Garber, Melissa Michaelsen, Donna Dixon, Estelle Getty, Janis Paige, Robert Webber, Sam Jones, John Rhys-Davies. Directed by Rod Holcomb. A female sheriff and three winsome daughters vs. an Old West desperado and foreign revolutionaries. A light-hearted sagebrush TV pilot. Average. NO PLACE TO HIDE 1981 100 min. Mariette Hartley, Keir Dullea, Kathleen Beller, Arlen Dean Snyder, Gary Graham, Sandy McPeak. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey. Psychological suspense thriller about a young woman who, for unknown reasons, is stalked by a mysterious man who threatens to kill her. Script by Jimmy Sangster. Average. NO PLACE TO RUN 1972 73 min. Herschel Bsernardi, Stefanie Powers, Larry Hagman, Scott Jacoby, Neville Brand, Tom Bosley. Directed by Delbert Mann. Old shopkeeper Malsh (Bernardi) decides to take his adapted son and flee to Canada when the authorities decide his failing health and retirement is not right for the boy (Jacoby). Fair dialogue and performances, but the script's point of view is questionable. Above average. NO WHERE TO HIDE 1977 78 min. Lee Van Cleef, Tony Musante, Charles Robinson, Lelia Goldoni, Noel Fournier, Russell Johnson, Edwart Anhalt. Directed by Jack Starrett. A U.S. Marshal (Van Cleef) protects a former syndicate hit man (Musante) who is to testify against his ex-boss. The stuff B-movies did so well. Written by the usually reliable Edward Anhalt. Below average. THE NORLISS TAPES 1973 98 min. Roy Thinnes, Angie Dickinson, Claude Akins, Michele Carey, Vonetta McGee, Hurd Hatfield, Don Porter. Directed by Dan Curtis. Unsuccessful pilot by William F. Nolan about a writer who investigates the supernatural, hot on the trail of a vampire killer loose in Monterey, California. Above average. NOT IN FRONT OF THE CHILDREN 1982 100 min. Linda Gray, Joan Getz, John Lithgow, Stephen Elliott, Carol Rossen, Cathryn Damon, George Grizzard. Directed by Joseph Hardy. A divorcee fights to keep custody of her children after moving in with a younger man. Average. NOT JUST ANOTHER AFFAIR 1982 100 min. Victoria Principal, Gil Gerard, Robert Webber, Barbara Barrie, Richard Kline, Markie Post, Albert Hague, Ed Begley, Jr. Directed by Steven Hilliard Stern. Just another romantic comedy involving a chaste marine biologist and the woman-chasing lawyer who falls for her. Average. NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T 1967 100 min. Jonathan Winters, Luciana Paluzzi, Jack Weston, Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows. Directed by Don Weis. A mild-mannered, bumbling art expert is hired by an insurance company, and is responsible for the security of a Rembrandt painting on loan from the Louvre. A couple of good gags in a middling comedy with laughable stereotypes out to steal the painting. Average. NURSE 1980 105 min. Michael Learned, Robert Reed, Tom Aldredge, Hattie Winston, Antonio Fargas, Leora Dana. Directed by David Lowell Rich. Strong portrait of a widow who has shipped her son off to college and decides to resume her career as head nurse of a metropolitan hospital. Later a weekly series. Based on Peggy Anderson's book. Above average.
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