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Gene Hackman
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Date of Birth: Jan 30, 1930

Country: USA

Biography: A child of a broken home, Gene Hackman left home at 16 for a 3-year hitch with the Marines. Moving to New York after being discharged, he worked in a number of menial jobs before studying journalism and television production on the G.I. Bill at the University of Illinois. Hackman would be over 30 years old when he finally decided to take his chance at acting by enrolling at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.

Total Titles at Criticker: 83 - You've Seen 0

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I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)
A portrait of the acting craft of John Cazale and a tour through the movies that defined a generation. (imdb)
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Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006)
In Richard Donner's original vision of Superman II, the Man of Steel faces his greatest challenge yet! Three villainous outcasts, Non, Ursa, and their leader, General Zod, are freed from the Phantom Zone only to wreak havoc, devastation, and chaos unto Earth... (imdb)
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Welcome to Mooseport (2004)
You think you've got competition for your girlfriend? Then, welcome to Mooseport, where the local plumber (Romano) find himself in a race for his girlfriend's affections - and in a race foe the mayor's office - with none other than the charismatic former President of the United States (Hackman). (20th Century Fox)
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Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004)
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust is a documentary which examines how filmmakers reacted to German scapegoating of Jews before, during, and after the war, ranging from the boldness of Confessions of a Nazi Spy and The Mortal Storm (both of which were produced before America entered the war) to more oblique statements during the war itself, and then finally leading to an honest portrayal of the full consequences of the Holocaust beginning in the '50s. (New York Times)
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Runaway Jury (2003)
A suspense-thriller about a high-priced and ruthless jury "consultant" (Hackman) who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict on an explosive trial. (Fox)
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Heist (2001)
A smart, complex ensemble about a masterfully-minded gold robbery. (Warner Bros.)
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Heartbreakers (2001)
Max and Page are a brilliant mother/daughter con team who have their grift down to a fine science. Max targets wealthy, willing men who fall prey to her beauty and charm, and marries them. The equally gorgeous Page then seduces them.
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The Mexican (2001)
Jerry Welbach (Pitt) is a reluctant bagman who has been given two ultimatums: The first is from his mob boss to travel to Mexico and retrieve a priceless antique pistol, known as "The Mexican"...or suffer the consequences. The second is from his girlfriend Samantha (Roberts) to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures alive and in trouble with Samantha is better than the more permanent alternative, so he heads south of the border. (Dreamworks SKG)
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Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
A Navy pilot (Wilson) is shot down over enemy territory, and struggles to survive the relentless pursuit of a ruthless secret police enforcer, a deadly tracker, and countless hostile troops. With time running out, the injured pilot's commanding officer (Hackman) goes against orders to carry out a desperate rescue mission. (20th Century Fox)
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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The story of the Tenenbaum family's sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter. (Touchstone Pictures)
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Under Suspicion (2000)
An intense, psychological thriller, with veteran Police Captain Victor Benezet (Freeman) squaring off against prominent tax attorney Henry Hearst (Hackman) -- two life-hardened and well-matched opponents motivated by reasons more complex and personal than the pursuit of duty or the defense of reputation. (Lions Gate Films)
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The Replacements (2000)
It's late in the season; the playoffs are fast approaching; and the Washington Sentinels have just gone on strike. Scrambling for a solution, the owner Edward O'Neil (Warden) hatches a plan to bring in legendary coach Jimmy McGinty (Hackman) to recruit a team of replacement players in exactly one week. (Warner Brothers)
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Enemy of the State (1998)
A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime. (imdb)
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Twilight (1998)
A retired ex-cop and private detective (Newman) who lives with a rich actor (Hackman) who is dying from cancer and his actress wife (Sarandon) gets mixed up in murder when he is asked to deliver blackmail money. He walks into a 20 year old case involving the mysterious disappearance of the actress's former husband. James Garner appears as another ex-cop who also does occasional errands for the couple. (imdb)
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Antz (1998)
In an anthill with millions of inhabitants, Z 4195 is a worker ant. Feeling insignificant in a conformity system, he accidentally meets beautiful Princess Bala, who has a similar problem on the other end of the social scale. In order to meet her again, Z switches sides with his soldier friend Weaver - only to become a hero in the course of events... (imdb)
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Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood (1998)
The documentary details the conflict between Alfred Hitchcock and legendary producer David O. Selznick, the man who brought Hitchcock to Hollywood.
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Absolute Power (1997)
He was where he shouldn't have been, saw what he shouldn't have seen. But who'll believe the word of a career thief and ex-con when he says he saw a woman killed - and that the man responsible is the President of the United States?
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The Birdcage (1996)
Armand Goldman owns a popular drag nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time lover Albert stars there as Starina. "Their" son Val (actually Armand's by his one heterosexual fling, twenty years before) comes home to announce his engagement to Barbara Keely, daughter of Kevin Keely, US Senator, and vice president of the Committee for Moral Order. The Senator and family descend upon South Beach to meet Val and his father and "mother..." and what ensues is comic chaos. (imdb)
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The Chamber (1996)
O'Donnell stars as idealistic young attorney Adam Hall who takes on the death row clemency case of his onetime Klansman grandfather, Sam Cayhall (Hackman). With just 28 days before the execution, Adam sets out to retrace the events leading to the crime for which Sam was convicted. As the impending death sentence looms closer, Adam works quickly to uncover the family's history for any hidden clues. In a white-knuckle series of twists and turns, Adam discovers deceptions and dark secrets that ultimately lead him to the startling truth. (Universal Pictures)
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Extreme Measures (1996)
Thriller about Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant), a British doctor working at a hospital in New York who starts making unwanted enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room disappears. (imdb)
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The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Lady avenger returns to western town owned by a ruthless gunslinger hosting an elimination tournament. (imdb)
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Get Shorty (1995)
Chili Palmer (Travolta) is a Miami loan shark who's sent to Los Angeles to collect on a gambling debt from film producer Harry Zimm (Hackman). Chili soon discovers that loansharking was the perfect training ground for making movies...though you have to be ruthless to make it in Hollywood. (MGM)
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Crimson Tide (1995)
On a US nuclear missile sub, a young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so. (imdb)
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Wyatt Earp (1994)
Wyatt Earp is a movie about a man and his family. More of a documentary than Hollywood tinsel, this movie shows us the good times and the bad times of one of the West's greatest heros. (imdb)
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Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
The Apache Indians have reluctantly agreed to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers. One in particular, Geronimo, is restless. Pushed over the edge by broken promises and necessary actions by the government, Geronimo and thirty or so other warriors form an attack team which humiliates the government by evading capture, while reclaiming what is rightfully theirs. (imdb)
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The Firm (1993)
A young lawyer joins a prestigous law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side. (imdb)
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Unforgiven (1992)
Two retired sharp-shooters and a would-be gunslinger team up to claim a $1,000 reward for killing two cowboys who brutally disfigured a prostitute.
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Company Business (1991)
Rogue CIA agent Sam Boyd is called back by "the Company" to do some work. Namely a hostage trade of jailed Soviet spy Pyiotr Grushenko for an American agent the Soviets had taken. In the newly united Germany the trade goes bad and Grushenko and Boyd find themselves on the run from both the KGB and the CIA as they unravel an International espionage plot set at the end of the Soviet era. (imdb)
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Class Action (1991)
Jeb Ward is an attorney who specializes in whistle blower, David vs. Goliath, type cases. He finds a client who is suing an auto company over a safety problem that has had a severe effect on his life after the accident. He must replace the current attorney and be ready for trial quickly, and then he finds that the defense attorney will be his estranged daughter. (imdb)
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Narrow Margin (1990)
A woman secretly witnesses the murder of her blind date for the evening by a top Mafia boss. (imdb)
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Loose Cannons (1990)
An unconventional cop who doesn't take any bull, is paired up with an amazing detective to capture some powerful criminals but the cop soon realizes that his by the book partner has split personality disorder. (imdb)
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Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her mother Doris Mann, herself once a star and now a champion drinker. (imdb)
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The Package (1989)
Gene Hackman, A sergeant is sent with a prisoner from Germany. The prisoner escapes in the men's room at National Airport and Hackman begins his search for his man. Enlisting the help of his ex wife (Joanna Cassidy) and various old friends he finds that the prisoner is part of a plot by senior military figures on both sides to kill the Soviet premier in order to sabotage arms control talks. (imdb)
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Full Moon in Blue Water (1988)
Floyd, the owner of a bar on the Texas coast, has been depressed for a year after his wife disappeared in a swimming accident. He lives with his senile father-in-law "The General" and is helped by Jimmy, a former asylum inmate, and the good-natured Louise. The bar is rapidly losing money and Charlie wants to buy it cheaply before it becomes publicly known that a nearby bridge is to be built. (imdb)
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Mississippi Burning (1988)
Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (imdb)
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Split Decisions (1988)
When a boxer is killed because he wouldn't take a dive, his brother tries to find a way to avenge him even if only symbolically. (imdb)
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Another Woman (1988)
Marion is a woman who has learned to shield herself from her emotions. She rents an apartment to work undisturbed on her new book... (imdb)
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Bat*21 (1988)
During the Vietnam war, a U.S. observation plane is hit by a V.C. missile. The only survivor of the crew is the Lieutenant Colonel Iceal Hambleton... (imdb)
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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man. (imdb)
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No Way Out (1987)
A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress. (imdb)
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Power (1986)
Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client Ohio senator Sam Hastings decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the man destined to succeed him, unknown and mysterious businessman Jerome Cade. (imdb)
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Hoosiers (1986)
A man (Hackman) gets a last-chance job coaching a small-town Indiana high-school basketball team and faces the dual challenge of bringing this underdog team to the 1951 state championship and redeeming himself from a mysterious past. (MGM)
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Target (1985)
Chris Lloyd does NOT get along with his father Walter. Walter is too careful, cautious, and boring to Chris, and never tries anything new, and Chris had to live by the same standards when he was growing up. But when his mother is kidnapped while in Europe, to Chris's confusion, Walter suddenly turns into a man of action. Just who is his father anyway. (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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Eureka (1984)
Arctic prospector Jack McCann, after fifteen years of solitary searching, becomes one of the world's wealthiest men when he literally falls into a mountain of gold in 1925. Years later, in 1945, he lives in luxury on a Caribbean island that he owns. But his wealth brings him no peace of mind... (imdb)
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Misunderstood (1984)
Busy and often absent father must take care of his two boys after his wife dies. They all live in Tunisia because of their father's job. The older boy is handling the difficult changes much better than the younger one. (imdb)
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Under Fire (1983)
Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979. (imdb)
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Uncommon Valor (1983)
A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese... (imdb)
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Two of a Kind (1983)
Four angels try to save the people of earth from another of God's vengeful floods by choosing a typical human to show that there are still good people on earth. The typical man is Jack Melon (played by John Travolta), who holds up a bank, but the teller Debbie Wylder (played by Olivia Newton-John) secretly takes the money herself. Jack finds Debbie to get the money back, but things go awry, and become more complicated when the devil gets involved as well.
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Reds (1981)
A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States. (imdb)
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All Night Long (1981)
A father, a son, and illicit affairs with suburban housewives fill this comedy.
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Superman II (1980)
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. (imdb)
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Superman: The Movie (1978)
An adventure re-told, spanning the Man of Steel's life from his Krypton infancy and Midwest boyhood to his career as Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent (Reeve) and through his titanic struggle with archnemesis Lex Luthor (Hackman). (Warner Bros.)
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The Domino Principle (1977)
Tucker is a chronic underachiever and a loser. A Vietnam war veteran who just can't seem to keep out of trouble, in the years since his discharge. The only thing he got out of the war was his skill with a rifle. Now, serving a long stretch in prison for murder, he has hit rock-bottom. But one day a man in a three-piece suit visits him in prison, a man he has never seen before, and informs him that he can walk out of prison a free man if he will shoot someone for them, no questions asked. (imdb)
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March or Die (1977)
Foreign Legion Major Foster (Hackman), an American haunted by his memories of the recently-ended Great War, is assigned to protect a group of archaeologists at their dig. Foster's unit includes the charming, thieving rascal Marco (Hill), who joined the Legion only to avoid prison. After long stretches portraying the boredom and hardship of day-to-day life in the Legion, Foster's command occupies a small village where the archaeologists believe they've found a burial site sacred to the Arabs... (imdb)
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A Bridge Too Far (1977)
An historic telling of the failed attempt to capture several bridges to Germany in World War II in a campaign called Operation Market-Garden. (imdb)
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Bite the Bullet (1975)
A group of ex-rough riders, an ex-prostitute and a gunfighter enter a horse race in the desert. (IMDb)
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Lucky Lady (1975)
A trio of rum-runners during prohibition in the 1930s engage in a menage-a-trios after business hours. (imdb)
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French Connection II (1975)
"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseilles to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler that eluded him in New York. (imdb)
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Night Moves (1975)
Former footballer and present private detective Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case... (imdb)
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The Conversation (1974)
A paranoid and personally-secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered.
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Young Frankenstein (1974)
Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments. (imdb)
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Zandy
Zandy Allan purchases a mail-order bride, Hannah Lund. He treats her as a possession, without respect or humanity, until their shared ordeal as they struggle to survive develops in him a growing love. (imdb)
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Scarecrow (1973)
Max is an ex-con who's been saving money to open a car wash in Pittsburgh. Lionel is a sailor who's returning home to the midwest to see the child born while he was at sea. They form an unlikely pair as the brawling Max learns a little how Lionel copes with the world: Lionel believes that the scarecrow doesn't scare birds, but instead amuses them - birds find scare-crows funny. (imdb)
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Cisco Pike (1972)
Cisko is an ex-rockstar who has become a drug addict. A corrupt cop blackmails Cisco to sell marijuana for him. Cisco has one weekend to sell it to his friends. (imdb)
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Prime Cut (1972)
A Chicago mob enforcer is sent to Kansas City to settle a debt with a cattle rancher who not only grinds his enemies into sausage... (imdb)
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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape, when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea. (imdb)
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The Hunting Party (1971)
The rich and ruthless rancher Brandt Ruger keeps his beautiful young wife Melissa like a part of his property, subdued to his will. But one day she's kidnapped by the famous outlaw Frank Calder - just to teach him reading, so he tells her. Calder doesn't know or care who's wife she is. He takes care of her well, and eventually Melissa falls in love with him. But Ruger feels humiliated.(imdb)
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The French Connection (1971)
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (imdb)
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Doctors
The wives of several high-powered doctors feel neglected due to their husbands' focus on their careers, so they embark on a regimen of sex, drugs and booze. (imdb)
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I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Hackman plays a New York professor who wants a change in his life, and plans to get married to his girlfriend and move to California. His mother understands his need to get away, but warns him that moving so far away could be hard on his father. Just before the wedding, the mother dies. Hackman's sister (who has been disowned by their father for marrying a Jewish man) advises him to live his own life, and not let himself be controlled by their father. (imdb)
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Downhill Racer (1969)
Quietly cocky Robert Redford joins U.S. ski team as downhill racer and clashes with the team's coach, played by Gene Hackman. Lots of good skiing action leading to an exciting climax. (imdb)
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The Gypsy Moths (1969)
Three skydivers and their traveling thrill show barnstorm through a small Midwestern town one Fourth of July weekend. (imdb)
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Riot (1969)
Led by two inmates, the prisoners in a state facility take guards hostage and stage an all-out riot, protesting ill-treatment, but unbeknownst to them it's a ruse for their two leaders to escape through a secret tunnel while all the commotion is going on. (TCM.com)
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Marooned (1969)
After spending several months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to earth only to find their rockets wont fire. After initially thinking they might have to abandon them in orbit, NASA decides to launch a daring rescue. Their plans are complicated by a Hurricane headed towards the launch site and a shrinking air supply in the astronauts capsule. (imdb)
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Shadow on the Land (1968)
Underground fighters versus totalitarian federal government in near future USA.
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The Split (1968)
Thieves fall out when over a half million dollars goes missing after the daring and carefully planned robbery of the Los Angeles Coliseum during a football game, each one accusing the other of having the money. (imdb)
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First to Fight (1967)
Jack is the sole survivor of a Japanese attack on his squad at Guadalcanal. Because of his heroism and the fact that he is still alive, he becomes a Medal of Honor hero. He returns to train new recruits for the Marines and falls for a girl named Peggy. When training and marriage leave him with an empty feeling, he decides on a transfer back to the front lines. Soon he will find that marriage and life will change his outlook on the grueling battles that lie ahead. (imdb)
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Banning (1967)
A playboy golf pro down is on his luck. Kicked off the circuit for alleged cheating he is forced to hustle for a living. Moving from one Country Club to another, he uses his talents to hustle golf and women while trying to stay one step ahead of an irate loan shark. (imdb)
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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are the legendary Depression-era bandits and lovers in this landmark film that won two Academy Awards and triggered a revolution in screen violence. (Warner Bros.)
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The Covenant with Death (1967)
A convicted murderer kills his hangman. Then it is discovered that he actually didn't commit the murder he was convicted for. (imdb)
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Hawaii (1966)
Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy. (imdb)
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Lilith (1964)
Lilith is a about a mysterious young woman in an elite sanitarium in New England, who seems to weave a magical spell all around her... (imdb)
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