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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 1976


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Hugo the Hippo was the first fully animated film that Fox had financed. Actually they only distributed it.

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Vittorio Gassman starred in the Italian import Scent of a Woman, the basis for the later American film with Al Pacino.

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Next Stop Greenwich Village was a coming-of-age film offered up by Paul Mazursky. It also featured early supporting turns for Christopher Walken and Jeff Goldblum.

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Diane Keaton and Elliott Gould were exes considering recomittal or were they in I Will I Will For Now

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James Coburn used hangglinders to rescue kidnapped Susannah York in Sky Riders

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Goldie Hawn and George Segal were teamed up in the western comedy The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox

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The Blue Bird was the first coproduction between America and the USSR. It was a remake of the fantasy that had caused trouble in 1940, and the remake disappeared quickly in 1976, in spite of the starry cast.

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Ensd of the Game was a psychological thriller with a rare twist of the hats. Martin Ritt, usually a director, was starring in it, and Maximillian Schell, usually an actor, only directed it.

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Mother, Jugs, and Speed was a dark comedy involving an ambulance team.

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Charlton Heston faced off against James Coburn in the Western The Last Hard Men.

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Breaking Point was a hard-edged thriller from Canada.

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Mel Brooks turned up a delightful tribute to 20s slapstick in Silent Movie, which was bursting with many inspired details.

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Whereas The Omen was content in making its audiences scream long into the night.

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Moving Violation was a Roger Corman-backed entry into the manic world of car chase films

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An impressive trio of players distinguished the Italian thriller The Sunday Woman

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In Alex and the Gypsy, Jack Lemmon played a bail-bonsman who fell for one of his clients, Genevieve Bujold

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Fighting mad was an early directorial effort for future Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme.

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Kenny and Company was a quickie for the youth market

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All This and World War II juxtaposed war footage with Beatles songs. It only lasted two weeks in theatres.

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And Gene Wilder had one of his biggest hits with Silver Streak, a suspense comedy with a litereally smashing finale.

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Some of these I haven't seen. I rather like the BLUE BIRD remake. Liz Taylor is in it, during a time when she wasn't really making many movies. 

I've still never seen SILVER STREAK.

The Goldie Hawn western comedy turns up frequently on Starz/Encore Westerns and is rather dire. 

THE LAST HARD MEN also plays on Starz/Encore Westerns...and is quite good.

The Lemmon-Bujold film looks interesting (haven't seen it).

I love THE OMEN and its first sequel.

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I've seen several of these, but not many left an impression, or at least a favorable one.

  1. The Omen (I've never been real crazy about this one, but it has its moments)
  2. Silver Streak
  3. The Last Hard Men
  4. Fighting Mad
  5. Next Stop, Greenwich Village
  6. Mother, Jugs & Speed

I've also seen Silent MovieBreaking PointSky Riders, and End of the Game.

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