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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 1975


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Please note: I am not going to include one film listed as a Fox release in 1975 elsewhere, because the film, Tarzoon, Shame of the Jungle, an X-rated animated spoof, was only handled by Fox in France and nowhere else in the world.

1975 began with Jason Miller, fresh off The Exorcist, in a neo-noir The Nickel Ride.

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The Four Musketeers was the second half of the tale started the year prior in The Three Musketeers, but this time in a darker, more serious vein.

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At Long Last Love was Peter Bogdanovich's attempt to pay homage to 30s musicals. It was firebombed at the time by critics, but a recut version has found more favor in subsequent years

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Sean Connery was pitted against Ian McShane in the hijacking film The Terrorists

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Ben Gazzara as Capone. Many mob battles would follow.

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Gene Hackman was back as Popeye Doyle in The French Connection II, well-reviewed and somewhat successful, but not the box office smash that the first film had been.

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WW and the Dixie Dancekings mixed crime, comedy, and country crooning, and with Burt Reynolds in the lead did quite well in audience attendance.

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Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, and Loretta Swit ran afoul of a satanic cult in Race with the Devil

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The Man from Hong Kong crossed Kung Fu with the Australian New Wave.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is perhaps the most successful cult film of all time. Screenings have never stopped since 1975.

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Black Moon was an avant-garde fable from Louis Malle....

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Who promply returned with another, Lacombe Lucien (actually released a year earlier in Europe)

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Glenda Jackson appeared in the Italian offering The Devil is a Woman

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Malcolm McDowell was an antihero in the period set Royal Flash.

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Whiffs was a comedy set among the army, again with Elliott Gould

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Down the Ancient Staircase took Italian cinema back to the US

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Take a Hard Ride was another dip into the spaghetti western.

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The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother was a vehicle for the comic talents of Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, and Madeline Kahn. 

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Liza Minnelli, Gene Hackman, and Burt Reynolds made for an unusual love triangle in the comedy-crime film Lucky Lady.

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And Michael Caine investigated a very unusual case in Peeper, which found him entangled with a slightly dangerous woman played by Natalie Wood. It's amusing at times.

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  1. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  2. French Connection II
  3. Lacombe, Lucien
  4. The Four Musketeers
  5. Race with the Devil
  6. Take a Hard Ride (which was a Blaxploitation/spaghetti western mash-up)

I've also seen The Nickel RideW.W. and the Dixie DancekingsThe TerroristsCaponeA Royal Flash, Lucky Lady, and Peeper.

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I haven't seen very many of these. Some I'd never heard of before.

I do like LUCKY LADY. It's very subversive and funny. Liza and Burt re-teamed in the 80s when they did RENT-A-COP.

PEEPER is one that TCM's never played, which is remarkable given how many tributes they've had for Natalie. She only made three films in the 70s-- this one, THE CANDIDATE (a cameo) and METEOR (which came at the end of the decade).

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I'd like to see At Long Last Love again. At the time, it was impossible not to see it under the cloud of so much condemnation. I didn't realize that it had been recut, so I'd love to give it another chance. Plus any opportunity to see Madeline Kahn is worth taking.

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I never saw Rocky Horror Picture Show until years later, when my late wife and I were still dating. We went to a midnight show, without bringing any lighters, newspapers, rice, and whatever else the rest of the audience were bringing. Totally clueless. But we enjoyed all the craziness around us.

 

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