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Ellen Burstyn
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Date of Birth: Dec 7, 1932

Country: USA

Biography: Born in Detroit, Ellen Burstyn is perhaps best known for her performance in "The Exorcist" (1975) as Chris MacNeil. In addition to her acting, Burstyn was the first woman president of Actor's Equity, the actors' union, from 1982 to 1985.

Total Titles at Criticker: 81 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated (81)
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Lucy In The Sky (2019)
Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space, and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small.
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Nostalgia (2018)
A mosaic of stories about love and loss, 'Nostalgia' explores our relationships to the objects, artifacts, and memories that shape our lives. (imdb)
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The Tale (2018)
An investigation into one woman's memory as she is forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. (imdb)
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The House of Tomorrow (2017)
The film tells futurist, architect, and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller's incredible story through two teens hoping to get laid, become punk gods, and survive high school. (imdb)
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A Little Something for Your Birthday (2017)
An aspiring fashion designer struggles to find success and love. The story cuts into her life once a year, always on the same date: her birthday. (imdb)
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Wiener-Dog (2016)
Wiener-Dog tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading a certain kind of comfort and joy. (Letterboxd)
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The Age of Adaline (2015)
A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality. (imdb)
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Petals on the Wind (2014)
A decade after Cathy, Christopher, and Carrie escaped from their grandparents' attic at Foxworth Hall, Petals on the Wind continues to follow the twisted plight of the family as they attempt to put their sordid past behind them, but soon discover certain secrets can't be left behind. When Cathy finds herself in an abusive relationship with a fellow dancer, Julian, Christopher and Cathy are forced to face their forbidden feelings (imdb)
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Interstellar (2014)
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. (imdb)
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Draft Day (2014)
The General Manager of the Cleveland Browns struggles to acquire the number one draft pick for his team. (imdb)
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Two Men in Town (2014)
A Muslim ex-con forms a friendship with his parole officer. (imdb)
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And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
An original documentary that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Academy Awards and Oscar-winning films through the eyes of Hollywood insiders. (TCM)
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Flowers in the Attic (2014)
Based on V.C. Andrews' controversial, cult classic book, Flowers in the Attic tells the story of the Dollanganger kids who, after the unexpected death of their father, are convinced to stay hidden in the attic of their ruthless Grandmother (imdb)
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The Calling (2014)
Detective Hazel Micallef hasn't had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Port Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling (imdb)
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Wish You Well (2013)
A young girl and her brother come of age at their great grandmother's house in Virginia during the 1940s. (imdb)
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Coma (2012)
Coma (2012) - TV Mini-Series
A young medical student discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table. (imdb)
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Love, Marilyn (2012)
Love, Marilyn is an intimate excursus into the never-before-seen letters, diaries and notebooks of Marilyn Monroe. Appearing on screen to perform Marilyn's words are renowned contemporary actresses, including Maria Tomei, Uma Thurman, and Glenn Close. (tiff.net)
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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You (2011)
James Sveck is a lonely young adult in the summer before he goes off to college at Brown University. Apart from hanging with his grandmother James prefers solitude. The story is told in the first person narration which helps give an intimate inside view of James as he works through his life at the therapy sessions which his parents insist he goes to. We learn about James's past and present through the stories he tells and his recounting of previous therapy sessions. (imdb)
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The Mighty Macs (2011)
In the early 70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at a tiny, all-girls Catholic college. Though her team has no gym and no uniforms -- and the school itself is in danger of being sold -- Coach Rush looks to steer her girls to their first national championship.
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Another Happy Day (2011)
A wedding at her parents' Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the center of touchy family dynamics. (imdb)
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Main Street (2010)
Several residents of a small Southern city whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown... (imdb)
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Greta (2009)
A young suicidal and rebellious teen gets sent to her Grandparents for the summer where life takes an unexpected turn. (imdb)
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The Velveteen Rabbit (2009)
A lonely boy wins over his distant father and strict grandmother with help from a brave velveteen rabbit whose one wish is to become a real rabbit someday.
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W. (2008)
A chronicle on the life and presidency of George W. Bush
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Lovely, Still (2008)
A holiday fable that tells the story of an elderly man discovering love for the first time.
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The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)
After returning from studies overseas, Fisher falls in love with Jimmy, the down-and-out son of an alcoholic father and an insane mother who works at a store on her family's plantation. She tries to pass him off as an upper-class suitor to appease the spinster aunt who controls her family's fortune, but when she loses a diamond, it places their tenuous relationship in further jeopardy.
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The Stone Angel (2007)
The story of feisty firecracker Hagar Shipley (Christine Horne, Oscar Winner Ellen Burstyn). Her passionate heart has always ruled her head and her choices have put her at odds with family and friends. With her life nearly behind her, she sets out in search of a way to reconcile herself to her turbulent past. Through her reflections we come to know a passionate and rebellious young bride, her love for her two sons, the freedoms she claimed, and the joys she denied herself.
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The Elephant King (2006)
Jake Hunt is a scientist working in Thailand who, dissatisfied with much of his life, does little work and lives his life in a state of great excess. He invites his younger brother, Oliver, to visit. Even though the two have a strained relationship, Oliver accepts as he has been suffering from a severe depression. Oliver joins Jake in nights of excess, and falls in love with a girl whom Jake is paying to be nice to Oliver. (All Movie Guide)
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The Wicker Man (2006)
While recovering from a tragic accident on the road, the patrolman Edward Malus receives a letter from his former fiancée Willow, who left him years ago without any explanation, telling that her daughter Rowan is missing. Edward travels to the private island of Summerisle, where Willow lives in an odd community that plant fruits, and she reveals that Rowan is actually their daughter... (imdb)
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The Fountain (2006)
The Fountain is an odyssey about one man's eternal struggle to save the woman he loves. (Warner Bros.)
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Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006)
Combining unprecedented access to Davis' vast personal archives with original interviews, this documentary reveals a startling portrait of one of hollywood's most gifted and enigmatic stars. (imdb)
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Our Fathers (2005)
In the 1970s and 1980s a scandal was brewing in the Boston diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. Pedophile priests, especially Father John Geoghan, were sexually molesting young boys. Although the Cardinal at the time, Bernard Law, was made aware of the evil acts committed by Geoghan & other priests, he sided with the priests and quietly moved them from one church to the next, and kept the matter a secret from the authorities. Years later, the victims start to come forward... (imdb)
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Mrs. Harris (2005)
Based on the sensational 1980s media event, famed cardiologist Herman Tarnower meets a particularly brutal end at the hands of his jilted lover, Jean Harris. (imdb)
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The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004)
On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, dies while trying to save a girl who is sitting under a falling ride. When he awakens in the afterlife, he encounters five people with ties to his corporeal existence who help him understand the meaning of his life. (imdb)
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A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
For American cinema, the 1970s was an era during which a new generation of filmmakers created work for a new kind of audience. In this documentary, pioneering writers, directors and actors talk about the times, their films and their colleagues. (IFC Films)
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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock
A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie. (imdb)
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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
A classic Southern tale of hilarity set in a sleepy Louisiana parish, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood follows a group of lifelong friends who stage a rather unorthodox intervention to help a young playwright (Bullock) unravel the truth about her complicated, eccentric mother (Burstyn), find forgiveness and acceptance, and let go of her painful past. (Warner Bros.)
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Within These Walls (2001)
Imprisoned after a drug arrest and bitter from a life marred by tragedy, Joan Thomas wants nothing to do with the world around her. But when a nun with a tragic past invites Joan to participate in an inmate rehabilitation program-training dogs to care for the handicapped-she experiences the freeing power of unconditional love for the first time. Based on the story of Sister Pauline Quinn.
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The Exorcist: The Version You
Based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist marries three different scenarios into one extraordinary plot. A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy. (imdb)
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
This modern-day fable is set on the rusted mean streets of Coney Island, Brooklyn. The dual storyline parallels four people who set out in pursuit of a better life.
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The Yards (2000)
A drama set in the vast New York City subway yards. After serving time in prison for taking the fall for a group of his friends, Leo Handler (Wahlberg) just wants to get his life back on track. So, Leo returns to the one place he thinks will be safe -- home. But in the yards, where his uncle (Caan) now pulls the strings, safe is not how they do business. (Miramax Films)
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Walking Across Egypt (1999)
An elderly widow befriends an orphaned juvenile delinquent. (imdb)
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You Can Thank Me Later (1998)
This film combines the realistic and the surreal into a delicious, yet quite believable family drama, with just enough sharp humor to satisfy your funny bone. Ellen Burstyn, always fantastic, is smashing as the mother hen of the brood, with very convincing performances by Amanda Plummer as her confused Bohemian daughter, Mary McDonnell as Burstyn's daughter-in-law, and the wonderful Genevieve Bujold as Joselle, the mysterious nun. (imdb User Comments)
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The Fear of God: 25 Years of
A behind-the-scenes retrospective made for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the classic horror film, The Exorcist. Includes interviews with Linda Blair and the other stars of the film, along with commentary from the director and writer on some of the deeper meanings behind the elements they used to terrify their audiences. (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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Playing by Heart (1998)
Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A (imdb)
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Deceiver (1997)
Textile company heir Wayland is accused of murder of a prostitute named Elizabeth, whose body was found cut in two in the park. The murder is investigated by tough detective Kennesaw and his less experienced partner Braxton... (imdb)
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The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring resentment and fear in some, and growth in others. (imdb)
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Roommates (1995)
When little Michael's parents pass away, he goes to live with his grandfather Rocky. Years later, when Michael gets out of medical school, Rocky is too old to live alone and Michael invites him to move in.
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Follow the River (1995)
Mary Ingles is pregnant when she and her two sons are captured from their homestead in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains by Shawnee Indians. Her husband, Will, narrowly escapes death during the attack. Impressed by her grace under the pressure of captivity, Wildcat, the Shawnee chief, confers special privileges on Mary and her children, eventually proposing that Mary become his mate.
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How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
Bride-to-be Finn Dodd hears tales of romance and sorrow from her elders as they construct a quilt. (imdb)
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When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter's safety. While the woman enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behavior. (imdb)
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Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their careers. (imdb)
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The Cemetery Club (1993)
This comedy with much Jewish humor is about the widows Doris, Ester and Lucille, who's husbands died one after another in just a few years. The 3 friends in their 50s react quite differently on the deaths. But they make it a habit to meet every year at the graves of their husbands and talk about perspectives in their lives. (imdb)
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Dying Young (1991)
After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know their love cannot last because he is destined to die. (imdb)
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Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991)
A visceral deconstruction of Academy Award nominated Peter Bogdanovich and the nervous breakdown he nearly had while shooting THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. (imdb)
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When You Remember Me (1990)
Fact-based story of Mike Mills, a teen with muscular dystrophy, who is placed in a state nursing home by his destitute single mother. There he must contend with being the only young person in the clinic and with an abusive head nurse.
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Hanna
Hanna's War is the true story of Hanna Senesh, a Hungarian-Jewish WW2 resistance fighter, who would become Israel's "Joan of Arc. As a young person, she fled Nazi-occupied Hungary for Palestine, where she was recruited and trained by the British to serve as a commando.
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Pack of Lies (1987)
This is a study of deceptions, small and large and their impact on people. Ellen Burstyn's character has little self confidence and no self assertion. She is a wife and mother totally emersed in the home and family. She is drawn out of her shell by her neighbour, Terri Garr, who encourages her to take some steps outside her small world, to draw and take classes. (IMDB Comments)
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Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)
Feature-length documentary film featuring real-life letters written by American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home. Archive footage of the war and news coverage thereof augment the first-person "narrative" by men and women who were in the war, some of whom did not survive it. (IMDB)
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Act of Vengeance (1986)
Fact-based story about the corruption that occurred during the United Mine Workers' 1969 presidential elections. Jock Yablonski was a loyal follower of then chief Tony Boyle. That all changed after 80 men are killed in an unsafe West Virginia coal mine and Boyle defended the mine owners. At his wife's urging and in fear of his life, Yablonski launched his campaign. And in fact, he became the target of assassins. (imdb)
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Into Thin Air (1985)
Ellen Burstyn stars as the Canadian mother of a college student who vanishes mysteriously while driving back to school in the states. After having no luck from the police, she hires a private detective (Robert Prosky) to help her. Their tenacious pursuit of clues uncovers the grim details of her sons fate, leading to a shocking climax. (imdb)
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Twice in a Lifetime (1985)
A middle-aged steelworker is content with his job and his family, but feels that something is missing in his life. On his 50th birthday, he stops in at a local bar for a drink to celebrate. He finds himself attracted to the young, very sexy barmaid--and, to his surprise, he finds that she is also very attracted to him. (imdb)
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The Ambassador (1984)
An American ambassador to Israel tries to bring peace to the Middle East, but his efforts are hampered when his wife has an affair with a PLO leader. (imdb)
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The People vs. Jean Harris (1981)
A re-enactment of the trial of the mistress of the Scarsdale Diet doctor for his March 1980 murder, with excerpts from the transcript of the proceedings serving as the script.
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Silence of the North (1981)
One woman's true story of love and courage can give all people hope (imdb)
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Sois belle et tais-toi (1981)
Famous actresses talk about their role in the movie industry, and the demand to "be beautiful and shut up". (imdb)
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Resurrection (1980)
Ellen Burstyn experiences the after-life for a brief time after a car accident that kills her husband. As she begins her long process of physical healing she discovers that she has the ability to heal physical infirmaties. While most people simply accept her gift, her lover (Sam Shepard) becomes mentally unbalanced and dangerous because she does not place the healings within a religious context. (imdb)
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Same Time, Next Year (1978)
A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year... (imdb)
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A Dream of Passion (1978)
Maya is a famous actress who is returning to the stage for a production of the classic Greek tragedy Medea, in which she will play the title character, a mother who murders her children. (allmovie.com)
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Providence (1977)
Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his family is. But is this how they really are or is it his own vindictive slant on things? (imdb)
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Harry and Tonto (1974)
Harry is a retired teacher in his seventies living in an area of New York City where he & his deceased wife raised his children... (imdb)
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Alice Doesn
A recently widowed woman on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer. (imdb)
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Thursday
Harry Evers and Marvin Ellison have been playing poker Thursday nights with their friends for years. When a disagreement breaks up the game, they decide to continue meeting and doing different things together, instead of staying home with their wives. When the wives find out that the games stopped some time ago, they are a quite upset. Just what have they been doing on Thursday nights. (imdb)
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The Exorcist (1973)
A troubled cleric tries to help a very disturbed teenage girl.
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The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
'It's Monopoly out there'. Jason Staebler, The King of Marvin Gardens, has gone directly to jail, lives... (imdb)
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The Last Picture Show (1971)
In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends (imdb)
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Tropic of Cancer (1970)
The film depicts the adventures of expatriate American writer Henry Miller and his friends, as they pursue art, money, food, and sex in Paris.
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Alex in Wonderland (1970)
After his first film is a hit, a young director is caught in the classic bind between art and commerce--he wants to make a film that challenges the audience and makes them think, and the studio wants something simple that will make them a ton of money. (imdb)
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Pit Stop (1969)
Grant Willard (Brian Donlevy) sponsors drivers in a "new" form of race car driving called The Figure Eight. The rise and fall of one such driver is the whole story behind PIT STOP.
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Goodbye Charlie (1964)
Shot by a jealous husband, Charley falls out a porthole and is lost at sea only to find himself returned as an attractive blond woman. His best friend is staying at his house as he puts Charlie's affairs in order and after being convinced, finds himself an unwilling helper in Charlie's new plan to marry into money. (imdb)
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