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Ben Gazzara
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Date of Birth: Aug 28, 1930

Country: USA

Biography: Ben Gazzara (born August 28, 1930) is an American actor.Gazzara has had a long and varied acting career, with spells as an accomplished director, mostly in television. He directed Columbo episodes A Friend in Deed and Troubled Waters. He joined other Actors Studio members in the 1957 film The Strange One. Then came a high-profile performance as a soldier on trial for avenging his wife's rape in Otto Preminger's 1959 classic courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder...(Wikipedia)

Total Titles at Criticker: 68 - You've Seen 68

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Titles You've Rated: Actor (66) | Director (2)
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Eve (2008)
Eve (2008) - Short Film
Funny short movie from director Natalie Portman. Story about granddaughter and her grandma. Funy short movie from director Natalie Portman. Story about
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Pursuit (1972)
Pursuit (1972) - TV Movie
A political extremist plans to spread stolen nerve gas in a city where a political convention is being held. Government agents are sent to catch him. (imdb)
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Brian
The story of professional football players Gale Sayes and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease. (imdb)
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The Dogfighters (1995)
Former Gulf War hero Rowdy Welles (Davi) is framed for murder by unscrupulous CIA boss Dick Althorp (Gazzara). As his price of freedom, Welles is ordered to undertake a deadly mission to destroy a nuclear processing plant in a foreign nation, owned by dangerous tyrant Lothar Krasna (Godunov). (imdb)
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Chez Gino (2011)
Gino Roma holds a pizzeria for thirty years in Brussels, purchased with money from his wife Simone. His quiet life is turned upside down when he learns of the imminent death of his uncle, godfather of the Mafia, Italian billionaire with a promised big inheritance. Gino must prove to his uncle that he is a formidable godfather reigning on Brussels pizzerias, ordering a director, a documentary to present it as a major mobster. Nothing happens quite as planned: Gino family does not quite agree and (imdb)
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Risate di gioia (1960)
Comedy of errors about two film extras involved with a young jewel thief on New Year's Eve in Rome. Based on the short stories by Alberto Moravia. (bfi)
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Carol for Another Christmas (1964)
A man sits back on Christmas and mourns his son who died 20 years before in World War II. He sits and listens to "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and becomes more and more sullen. He is visited by three ghosts who center the experience they supply on not just Christmas, but War. (imdb)
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Stag (1997)
Victor Mallick returned to his home and found out that all of his friends have arranged a surprise bachelor/stag party for him. Two strippers were hired to cheer up the party. However, when some of the men accidentally killed one of the strippers, they are left to face the consequences of their action. (imdb)
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Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies (2008)
Documentary portrays the saga of how Italian Americans went from being outsiders who were stereotyped as gangsters in American movies to insiders in Hollywood who took control of their own stories. Interviews, film clips and home movies from Italian American filmmakers highlight personal experiences and comment on Hollywood's politics and cultural impact. (imdb)
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Conquered City (1962)
A group of people are surrounded in a hotel by a group of rebels; one of them is trying to betray their arms cache to the rebels. (BFI)
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The Girl from Trieste (1982)
This bizarre melodrama follows Dino, an American expatriate who falls for a beautiful yet disturbed woman named Nicole, who has a penchant for exhibitionism, hallucination and suicidal antics. Ignoring all the telltale signs, Dino begins an affair with Nicole, which, despite its passion, is doomed from the start. (netflix.com)
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A Letter to Three Wives (1985)
three women are going on a trip that leaves incommunicado with the rest of the world and before they leave; a woman who either has a history or relationship with each of their husbands leaves them a letter that says that she is leaving with one of their husbands. As they wait to return so they could find out who it is, they each remember an important moment in their lives that involves them and their husbands...and the woman. (imdb)
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Control (1987)
Fifteen strangers take part in an experiment to learn whether such a group can survive in a cramped disaster fallout shelter. (imdb)
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The Young Doctors (1961)
An aging doctor's resentment of his young assistant could lead to tragedy. (TCM.com)
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13 (2010)
A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.
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Shattered Silence (1972)
Helen keeps on receiving phone calls from a child, who claims being her nephew Michael - but Michael died 15 years ago... (imdb)
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Fireball Forward (1972)
A hard-nose general takes over a division with a bad combat record. (imdb)
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High Velocity (1976)
Vietnam veterans Baumgartner and Watson (Ben Gazzara and Paul Winfield) are hired to rescue an executive (Keenan Wynn) abducted by Asian guerrillas. (allrovi.com)
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Gazzara (2012)
This film is a promenade through the life and career of actor 'Ben Gazzara'. As they walk and talk their way through the city of New York and Gazzara's past, visiting places where the actor decided to become part of the movies, spending time with some of the important people in his life, and talking about acting, art, fears and desires; but also life and death, Ben and Joe gradually get to know each other better, forming a kind of father-son relationship (imdb)
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Believe (2000)
After being continually kicked out of boarding schools, Ben Stiles (Ricky Mabe) is sent to live with his stern Grandfather in a small town. While there, no one is interested in him with the exception of a girl named Kathrine (Elisha Cuthbert). Almost as soon as he arrives, Ben begins to see the ghost of a woman around his grandfather's house. He and Katherine want to help the ghost who holds a connection to both of their families. (imdb)
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The Empire State Building Murders (2008)
A tribute and doc-crime-drama celebrating American film noir and the icons of the Hollywood golden age. It recaptures the time and place of New York in the 30's and 40s as well as plays with the codes and references of the genre. (imdb)
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If It
A group of travelers from the United States race through seven countries in 18 days. Included in the group are Suzanne Pleshette as a lovely young miss who finds time for some romance with handsome Britisher Ian McShane; Mildred Natwick as an elderly lady with energy to spare; Norman Fell and Riva Rose as a married couple who get separated; and Sandy Baron as an Italian-American who almost gets married off while visiting relatives in Venice. (imdb)
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Vicious Circles (1997)
When a young man is arrested for dealing drugs, his girlfriend tries to help him out by making some big money as a member of an exclusive group of prostitutes. (imdb)
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Columbo: A Friend in Deed (1974)
Hugh Caldwell kills his wife Janice and in despair asks for the help of his friend and neighbor Mark Halperin. And Mark helps a friend in deed, of course. So the murder appears to be the job of a thief, but Lt. Columbo has some doubts. There is not a single finger-print of the deceased in her house and he begins to suspect Halperin. Unfortunately for Lt. Columbo Halperin is the chief of the police. (imdb)
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Columbo: Troubled Waters (1975)
Hayden Danziger is on a cruise with his wife Sylvia, who is older than he and much, much richer. Rosanna Wells is on the same ship as a singer. Rosanna and Hayden are lovers and Rosanna blackmails Hayden, but he has decided to kill her and has planned the perfect crime. Or so it seems since Lt. Columbo is cruising on that same very ship and the Captain asks for his help. (imdb)
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Maneater (1973)
Maneater (1973) - TV Movie
Two couples on a camping trip are hunted by two tigers set upon them by a crazed animal trainer. (imdb)
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Downpayment on Murder (1987)
a fact-based TV movie starring Connie Sellecca as a battered wife. For ten years she has been the punching bag of her real-estate agent husband, played with brilliant repugnance by Ben Gazzara. When Connie moves out, Gazzara is convinced that it's because of another man; his twisted ego suffers a further blow when she is given custody of the children and police protection. With the help of a security guard with mob connections, Gazzara hires a hit man (G.W.Bailey) to kill his estranged wife. Dow (allmovie.com)
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Anything for John (1993)
An intimate portrait of actor-writer-director John Cassavetes and a loving tribute to his genius for studying and depicting the human character. In-depth, candid interviews with his wife and muse Gena Rowlands as well as his most trusted friends and co-workers like Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, etc. Clips from Cassavetes' greatest films, and many rare photos illustrate this touching documentary. (imdb)
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Marilyn in Manhattan (1998)
This documentary provides an exclusive look at Marilyn Monroe's life just before her tragic end. It's also filled with stories told by people who've spoken for the first time about a Marilyn "conspiracy." (Netflix)
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Quiet Flows the Don (2006)
With World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the Russian Civil War as backdrop, it's an old-fashioned, blood-and-guts narrative, filled with earthly humor and a wealth of colorful characters. The story concerns the fluctuating fortunes of Grigory Melekhov, a young Cossack who is both a hero and a victim of the uprising. (imdb)
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Blindsided (1993)
An ex-cop is temporarily blinded when he steals cash from a money laundering operations. While recuperating in Mexico, the thief falls in love with a beautiful woman who has underworld connections. When the girl disappears, he returns to the United States to find her, risking death from the gangster. (imdb)
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The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1977)
The bizarre story behind the man accused of assassinating John F. Kennedy and what might have happened had he been brought to trial. (imdb)
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Convict Cowboy (1995)
Sentenced to prison in Montana, Clay Treyton (Kyle Chandler) winds up living at a convict ranch operated by an enterprising warden (Ben Gazzara). Here, Clay gets a chance to learn about rodeo riding from former champion and fellow inmate Ry Weston (Jon Voight). As the bond between the veteran and fledgling cowboys strengthens, Clay must find a way to withstand the pressure being exerted on him by other drug-dealing cons. (Netflix)
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Looking for Palladin (2008)
A young Hollywood player is drawn into a remote place looking for a quick deal and instead finds a sanctuary, a community, and ultimately himself...
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Convicts 4 (1962)
True story about a boisterous convict who has an incredible artistic talent, gets paroled, and becomes a hit in the art world. (TCM)
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Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case? (imdb)
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Road House (1989)
A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar. (imdb)
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The Big Lebowski (1998)
When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. (imdb)
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Opening Night (1977)
An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her. (imdb)
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A Rage to Live (1965)
A woman's sexual compulsions threaten to destroy her marriage. (imdb)
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Husbands (1970)
A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be short-lived. (imdb)
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They All Laughed (1981)
New York's Odyssey Detective Agency is hired by two different clients to follow two women suspected of infidelity. Ladies' man John Russo trails Angela Niotes, the elegant wife of a wealthy Italian industrialist, while Charles Rutledge and Arthur Brodsky follow Dolores Martin, the beautiful young wife of a jealous husband. Their respective cases are complicated when John falls for Angela, and Charles falls for Dolores. (imdb)
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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.
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Too Tired To Die (1998)
Kenji (Kaneshiro) is an aimless young Japanese man living in New York whose life changes dramatically when he dreams about Death (Sorvino) in the form of a beautiful woman and sees her in his reality. When she tells him he has only 12 hours left to live, the clueless man tries to make sense out of his meaningless life... and time is running out. (Wonsuk Chin)
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Dogville (2003)
The beautiful fugitive Grace arrives in the isolated Dogville on the run from a team of gangsters. With some encouragement from Tom, the self-appointed town spokesman, the little community agrees to hide her and in return, Grace agrees to work for them.
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Buffalo
Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry (and forcing her to say the same). (imdb)
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Happiness (1998)
A series of intertwining love stories, stories of connections missed and made between people, how people always struggle to make a connection, and to what degree they succeed or don't.
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Illuminata (1998)
It's the start of the 20th century, and Tuccio, resident playwright of a theatre repertory company offers the owners of the company his new play, "Illuminata". They reject it, saying it's not finished, and intrigue starts that involves influential critic Bevalaqua, theatre star Celimene, young lead actors and other theatre residents. (imdb)
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The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
Based on the 1968 film of the same name, this sophisticated thriller combines the action of an art heist and an intense love story. (MGM)
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The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
This film centers on an elaborate confidence game, and its labyrinthine plot is laden with twists and reversals. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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Storie di ordinaria follia (1981)
Half soused, with a 2 a.m. shadow and street urchin rags, Serking waltzes through the scummiest neighborhoods of the City of Angels, soaking up booze, poetry, and copulation, and lounging in flophouses and on grimy public buses. His bedmates are a midget, a string of seedy whores, and various earthy L.A. denizens... (AllMovieGuide)
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Bloodline (1979)
Audrey Hepburn stars in this mystery/thriller as the heir of a pharmacutical company, but after her inheritence she is the target of an unknown assassin which leads her on an international chase and not knowing whom to trust anymore, not even her own family, or her new lover. (imdb)
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The Neptune Factor (1973)
When an underwater ocean lab is lost in a earthquake, an advanced submarine is sent down to find it and encounters terrible danger. (imdb)
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The Death of Richie (1977)
A 70s teen, unable any longer to deal with school or home life, falls victim to the pernicious influence of irresponsible friends and drugs.
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Inchon (1981)
A depiction of the 1950 invasion of Inchon during the Korean War, which was masterminded by General Douglas MacArthur.
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Saint Jack (1979)
Jack Flowers, an American hustler is trying to make his fortune in 1970s Singapore in small time pimping. He dreams of building a fortune by running a brothel himself and returning to the States to lead a life of luxury. Savvy but not unsavory he strikes up a friendship with William Leigh, a genial and decent auditor who travels to Singapore every year. (imdb)
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The Professor (1986)
Vaguely inspired to the real story of boss of the Camorra's bosses Raffaele Cutolo, this is the story of the criminal career of "Il professore" (the professor). He is in prison, and by there he is able to build, step by step, an empire founded on murders and drugs. He starts a war to destroy all the old Camorra bosses and becoming the new "boss of the bosses". With his sister's help he manages to evade from prison and escape in New York. (imdb)
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Per sempre (1991)
Marked by her father's strong presence, since he is a rich and powerful businessman, the beautiful Berenice investigates his love life, to feel closer to him. With her findings, their relationship becomes mixed with a strong sense of seduction. (imdb)
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An Early Frost (1985)
The first TV movie to deal with AIDS, this outstanding, thoughtful and undeniably powerful drama is about a young, successful gay lawyer who learns he is HIV-positive and decides to confront his family with both his sexuality and illness. (tlavideo.com)
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Shadow Conspiracy (1997)
Bobby Bishop (Sheen) is a special assistant to the President of the United States. Accidentally, he meets his friend professor Pochenko on the street. Pochenko has time to tell Bishop about some conspiracy in the White House but then immediately gets killed by an assassin. Now bad guys are after Bobby as the only man who knows about a plot. Bishop must now not only survive, but to stop the conspirators from achieving their goal. And he doesn't know whom to trust. (imdb)
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The Strange One (1957)
A psychopathic cadet leader at a Southern military academy manipulates the lives of those around him.
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Capone (1975)
The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years. Unusually, briefly covering the years after Capone was imprisoned. (imdb)
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Very Mean Men (2000)
A bartender wants rid of an obnoxious drunk but not until the drunk has left a decent tip. So the bartender tells the story of two mobster families, the Minetti's who work out of an Italian restaurant in the East San Fernando Valley, and the Mulroney's who work out of an Irish pub in the West San Fernando Valley. Mob war breaks out when one of the Minetti "boys" stiffs Big Paddy's daughter on her tip. We soon see why these hoods are called very mean men. (imdb)
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The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
In the last days of World War II, the Allied Army desperatly searched for a bridgehead across the impenetrable Rhein River, in order to launch a major assault into the center of Germany. "Bridge at Remagen" tells the true story of the battle for this last bridgehead, from both the German and American perspective. (imdb)
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QB VII (1974)
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Adam Kelno has made it to England in the days following World War II. Having escaped from a death camp in Nazi Europe, he finds that his identification with anti-communists in Poland has made him a target of the Soviet Government, which brings up war crime charges against him in England. When the witness is unable to identify him as one of the doctors who castrated him, he is released... (imdb)
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Dogville Confessions (2003)
Documentary on the creation of Lars von Trier's Dogville. Combines interviews with footage shot on location in winter-covered Sweden. From 'boxes of truth' (specially made like Catholic confessionals), all actors and Von Trier talked, cried, laughed, sung and confessed directly to the camera during shooting. Also contains deleted scenes from the feature film. The footage covers everything from idea to premiere. (imdb)
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Hysterical Blindness (2002)
In this bittersweet slice of working class single New Jersey life, best friends Debby and Beth (both pushing thirty) go looking for love in the wrong place - namely their favorite bar, Oliver's... (imdb)
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Blue Moon (2006)
A magical story about an older couple (Ben Gazzara and Rita Moreno) who try to rekindle their love one night in the Catskills.
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