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U.M.C. 1969 100 min. James Daly, Richard Bradford, Maurice Evans, Kevin McCarthy, Shelley Fabares, William Windom, J.D. Cannon, Edward G. Robinson. Directed by Boris Sagal. Excellent cast in a moderately effective behind-the-scenes drama of a university medical center; script and subplots strictly formula. Pilot for the MEDICAL CENTER TV series; average. Retitled OPERATION HEARTBEAT. THE ULTIMATE IMPOSTER 1979 97 min. Joseph Hacker, Keith Andes, Erin Gray, Tracy Brooks Swope, Bobby Riggs. Directed by Paul Stanley. A computer-age secret agent, using the latest gadgetry, sets out to help a Russian submarine commander defect. A silly premise that ended up as a busted series pilot. Below average. AN UNCOMMON LOVE 1983 100 min. Barry Bostwick, Kathryn Harrold, Ed Begley, Jr., Cyril O'Reilly, Allison Argo, Phillip R. Allen. Directed by Steven Hillard Stern. He's a college professor, she's in his marine biology class. They fall in love but he soon learns she's working her way through school turning tricks in a message parlor. Now that's uncommon, but will their thing survive? Tune in next week. Below average. UNCOMMON VALOR 1983 100 min. Mitchell Ryan, Ben Murphy, Rick Lowman, Barbara Parkins, Norman Fell, Gregory Sierra, John Reilly, Salome Jens, Julie Cobb, Belinda Montgomery. Directed by Rod Amateau. A hospital is torched, but the actors lack any spark in this pedestrian series pilot that fizzled. Below average. THE UNDERGROUND MAN 1974 100 min. Peter Graves, Jack Klugman, Judith Anderson, Celeste Holm, Jo Ann Pflug, Vera Miles, Kay Lenz, Jim Hutton, Sharon Farrell. Directed by Paul Wendkos. Standard mystery-drama, with Graves as Ross MacDonald's private eye Lew Archer, searching for the kidnapped son of an old girlfriend, and finding a tangled web of infidelity, long-hidden murder, and other standard elements. Below average. THE UNFINISHED JOURNEY OF ROBERT KENNEDY 1969 75 min. Directed by Mel Stuart. This excellent David Wolper documentary narrated by John Huston mixes a survey of his political career and interviews on his private life. Above average. UNWED FATHER 1974 78 min. Joseph Bottoms, Kay Lenz, Joseph Campanella, Kim Hunter, Beverly Garland, William H. Bassett. Directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan. Bottoms is a high-school teacher battling to gain custody of his illegitimate baby. An unconvincing socal drama additionally crippled by weak performances. Below average. THE USERS 1978 125 min. Jaclyn Smith, Tony Curtis, Joan Fontaine, Red Buttons, George Hamilton, John Forsythe, Darren McGavin, Michelle Phillips. Directed by Joseph Hardy. A smalltown girl with a dark past masterminds a fading film star's comeback. It's Hollywood at its most deliciously decadent in this lavishly appointed adaptation of Joyce Haber's thinly veiled roman a clef. Average.
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