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Rod Steiger
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Date of Birth: Apr 14, 1925

Country: USA

Biography: One of Hollywood's go-to character actors for years, Steiger appeared in over 100 films and won the Academy Award for 1967's In the Heat of the Night. His big break came in On the Waterfront, for which he garnered his first Oscar nomination. Steiger was married 5 times, and died in 2002 at the ripe old age of 77.

Total Titles at Criticker: 90 - You've Seen 90

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Titles You've Rated (90)
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Modern Vampires (1998)
A borderline fascistic Dr. Van Helsing unwittingly hires crack smoking gang-bangers to pursue the decadent vampires who secretly control Hollywood and the United States. (imdb)
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Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973)
Two rustic families, headed by patriarchs Laban Feather and Pap Gutshall, are feuding. At first, it is comical, with just the sons of the two families playing tricks on each other. But soon the Feather boys decide to kidnap a girl. She turns out to be innocent bystander Roonie Gill, not the made-up girlfriend "Lolly Madonna." As events escalate, Zack Feather and Roonie fall in love and try to bring the others to their senses... (imdb)
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Portrait of a Hitman (1977)
A professional hitman is hired to kill a brain surgeon. However, it turns out that not only are he and the surgeon old friends, but they are both in love with the same woman. (imdb)
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The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)
Miss Amelia is the town eccentric, selling corn liquor and dispensing medicine. She takes in her half-sister's son, a diminutive crook-back named Lymon. He suggests they open a café in the downstairs of her large house. Marvin Macy gets out of prison and returns to town; turns out he was married to Amelia but it wasn't consummated. He pleaded, then got angry. Is he back for revenge? Eventually, Amelia and Marvin stage a no-holds-barred fight in the café. (imdb)
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Gli indifferenti (1964)
A penniless countess falls in love with a cad, unaware that he is also involved on the side with her beautiful daughter. (imdb)
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The Lucky Star (1980)
A young Jewish boy (Marx) who escapes from the traumas of war-torn Holland by living in a fantasy world of American westerns - where good triumphs over evil and the outcast becomes a hero. (Wikipedia)
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The Unholy Wife (1957)
Wealthy vintner Paul Hochen meets blonde bombshell Phyllis in a bar...and marries her. In due course, Phyllis is bored by Paul, and finds an exciting new lover in rodeo rider San. To adjust matters, she forms a murderous scheme, which seems to be going wrong...or is it? Will irony intervene in time to thwart a seemingly perfect crime? (imdb)
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Sword of Gideon (1986)
Chronicles a Mossad team hand picked to hunt down the terrorists involved in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes. (imdb)
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In Pursuit of Honor (1995)
A group of cavalry men defy orders to destroy hundreds of army horses. Having disobeyed a direct order, the men are pursued by the military, but now the bullets aren't just aimed at the horses. (imdb)
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The Neighbor (1993)
A young couple, Mary and John, awaiting a baby is in search for a house when they decide to buy that lovely old villa they found by coincidence. What they both do not know is that Myron, the owner of that villa and their new neigbour, is a dangerous psychopath and that Mary reminds him of his dead mother. Mary begins to wonder about Myron's odd behaviour, but everybody thinks Mary's fears are due to her being pregnant. (imdb)
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Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981)
Set in 1893 as a gang led by longtime outlaws Bill Doolin and Bill Dalton is on the verge of falling apart due to time and fatigue. Two teenage girls who long to be part of the outlaw mythos of the west meet up with Dalton and Doolin: Jenny and Annie. The girls brings an unexpected second wind to the gang, as they help them plot a new series of robberies and escapes, but this burst of new activity also attracts the attention of law officer Tilghman, who is determined to put them behind bars. (allmovie.com)
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13 West Street (1962)
An aerospace engineer (Ladd) ignores a policeman (Steiger) and hunts down a gang of juvenile delinquents. (imdb)
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Hennessy (1975)
Set in the Seventies, Hennessy is a Irishman who believes in peace, but who has had connections to the IRA. Hennessy's family is killed, and he plots revenge, setting out to assassinate Queen Elizabeth of England. (imdb)
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Back from Eternity (1956)
A South American plane loaded with an assortment of characters crash lands in a remote jungle area in the middle of a storm. The passengers then discover they are in an area inhabited by vicious cannibals and must escape before they are found. (imdb)
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No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)
A crafty serial killer plays a game of cat-and-mouse with a harried police detective trying to track him down. (imdb)
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Love and Bullets (1979)
A mob boss decides to put a contract out on his girlfriend in case she tries to testify against the mob. Cop Charlie Congers (Bronson) goes to Switzerland to bring her to safety.
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Across the Bridge (1957)
In Mexico, a financier on the run poses as a man he just murdered, only to find out that the man was also a murderer. (TCM.com)
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Tennessee Nights (1989)
A British attorney on vacation in Tennessee is blamed for a local murder. (imdb)
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Frozen in Fear (2001)
When a beautiful New York art dealer sees an artists work, she travels to a small Montana town to meet the reclusive artist. When there, she learns of several mysterious disappearances. Before she can flee, she is forced to face the artist and discover his true passion: human ice sculptures depicting a sick sexual obsession!
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Catch the Heat (1987)
A San Francisco narcotics officer goes undercover to South America in an attempt to bust a drug lord and his operation. Of course, the assignment involves her ability to participate in a certain breast-altering operation to smuggle the goods into the States, though her brassiere size may be too large for her to pull off her candidacy. (All Movie Guide)
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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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W.C. Fields and Me (1976)
Even a man who hates children and dogs has to love someone. (imdb)
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Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971)
In this film we see how the members of a family react when the husband returns home, after he abandoned it seven years ago. (imdb)
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A Town Has Turned to Dust (1958)
An encounter between a sheriff and a lynch mob.
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Tous les jours dimanche (1994)
A transplanted Frenchman (Thierry Lhermitte) and an Italian violinist (Maurizio Nichetti) try to avoid work by allowing women to support them in Florida.
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The Sergeant (1968)
A story of a brilliant master sergeant with a great career behind him and transferred to yet another post, his attraction to a younger man eventually overrides him, to a point where his latent homosexuality, finally emerges. (imdb)
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Kingdom of Shadows (1998)
Explores the sources of our fears and reveals the birth of the frightful conventions from which the modern-day horror movie has evolved, including the menacing shadows of the German Expressionists. (imdb)
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Out There (1995)
A photojournalist accidentally puts himself at the center of a major news story in this comedy. When Delbert Mosley (Bill Campbell) loses his job at a tabloid newspaper, he purchases an antique camera with used film inside of it. The film happens to document an alien abduction -- and once the photos are published, Delbert is in high demand with everyone from his former boss (Bobcat Goldthwait) to the government to the woman (Wendy Schaal) who thinks her father is captured in the pictures. (google)
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A Man Named John (1965)
Based on the diary Pope John XXIII kept between the ages of 14 and 18, his lifelong concern for tolerance, the underprivileged, and world peace is told. Rod Steiger, in the central role, acts as "intermediary" between the Pope and the audience, interpreting John's words, thoughts and actions. Steiger visits the actual places in which John lived, recreating the conditions, environment, and forces that affected his development. (imdb)
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End of Days (1999)
At the end of the century, Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It's up to an ex-cop who now runs an elite security outfit to stop him. (imdb)
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That Summer of White Roses (1989)
The likable and good-natured Andrija works as a beach guard in a slow resort town in Yugoslavia. It is the last summer of the German occupation. His days are monotonous, until a young widow, Ana, and her son Danny ask him for a place to hide from the Germans. Andrija's friend, Martin, persuades him to marry Ana and save her and her son.
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Wolf Lake (1980)
War veterans visit a lakeside cabin for a week of shooting, drinking, etc. but find the cabin being looked after by a young caretaker named David. When David's status as a war deserter is revealed, all hell breaks loose. (imdb)
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Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997)
A drug deal goes wrong causing a foursome, led by a lunatic killer, to go on the run. A couple in a recreational vehicle are initially kidnapped, but soon the male hostage is emulating his kidnappers and wants to stay involved in the chase. (imdb)
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Choices of the Heart: the Margaret Sanger Story (1995)
An American nurse fights to reform the law after witnessing many back-street abortions caused by ignorance about contraception.
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The Mark (1961)
A man who served prison time for intent to molest a child tries to build a new life with the help of a sympathetic psychiatrist. (imdb)
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Legacy (1998)
A dedicated war photographer joins a beautiful Eurasian girl on a dangerous quest for her legacy. (imdb)
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Three Into Two Won
Steve Howard, a British sales executive living in Manchester, England, begins an affair with a young hitchhiker, Elle Patterson, to emotionally get away from his marriage to his wife Francis. But when Elle moves into a room in Steve and Francis's house, he must keep the true nature of his relationship with Elle under wraps at all costs. (imdb)
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Men of Respect (1990)
MacBeth-as-mafioso.
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Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone (2001)
Documentary tracing Sergio Leone's development as one of the most celebrated directors of all time. He raised the genre of Spaghetti Western from B movies to mainstream hits. (tvguide.co.uk)
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The Heroes (1973)
A group attempts to embezzle and hide a fortune of 2,000,000 pounds while outwitting the British Intelligence during World War II in this action movie. (allrovi.com)
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The Glory Boys (1984)
Two ideologically-disparate terrorists (one from the PLO, one from the IRA) meet up in London to assassinate a visiting Israeli nuclear scientist. An alcoholic ex-government agent (Anthony Perkins) is brought out of retirement to track them down. (imdb)
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Klondike Fever (1980)
Jeff East stars as writer Jack London in this fictional adventure account that takes place during the Alaskan gold rush. London and his partner Robin (Merritt Sloper) clash with the villain Soapy Smith (Rod Steiger), a former priest turned bad who is equally mean to dogs and humans. That's Lorne Greene behind the black moustache as constable Sam Steele, with Angie Dickenson as saloon-girl Belinda McNair. (allmovie.com)
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The Final Hit (2000)
An old-time mogul struggles to reenter the club where power and money make the rules. (imdb)
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Desperado: Avalanche at Devil
Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge was the third in a sporadic series of TV westerns centered around fugitive do-gooder Duell McCall (Alex McArthur). Falsely accused of a whole litany of crimes, McCall is forced to drift from town to town, spreading a little goodwill wherever he happens to land. In this entry, McCall is about to be hanged. He is freed on one condition: That he head up a posse to rescue the kidnapped daughter of land baron Rod Steiger. (allmovie.com)
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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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Al Capone (1959)
This factual biography of gang lord Al Capone follows his rise and fall in Chicago gangdom during the Prohibition era. (imdb)
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The Amityville Horror (1979)
Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. (imdb)
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Carpool (1996)
A man with an important business meeting finds himself having to take care of the carpool for the neighborhood school children when his wife gets sick.
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Incognito (1997)
Harry Donovan is an art forger who paints fake Rembrandt picture for $500,000. The girl he meets and gets into bed with in Paris... (imdb)
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Duck, You Sucker (1971)
An IRA explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they get drawn into the Mexican revolution. (imdb)
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Lion of the Desert (1981)
This movie is about Omar Mukhtar, a Muslim and Arabian rebellion who fought against the Italian conquering of Libya in WWI. The movie put a spot of light on this little known replion for the West, and uncover the savage means which the conquering army treated the natives and replions with. (imdb)
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The Hollywood Sign (2001)
Three washed-up actors must deliver the most convincing performances of their lives as part of a dangerous plot designed to finance their triumphant comeback. (imdb)
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Seven Thieves (1960)
A discredited professor and a sophisticated thief decide to join together and pick a team to pull off one last job--the casino vault in Monte Carlo. (imdb)
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The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
The true story of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneering crusader for the Army's fledgling air corp. In spite of an impressive performance during the First World War, the commanders of America's armed forces still think of the airplane as little more then a carnival attraction... (imdb)
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Lucky Luciano (1973)
Lucky Luciano is one of the bosses of the Mafia. He orders the slaughter of 40 other responsibles, therefore becoming the only boss. But a few years later he is put into jail. In 1946, he got a pardon and is sent back to Sicilia. There, he begins becoming one of the chief of the Mafia. The US Army seems to refrain from interfering... (imdb)
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The Girl and the General (1967)
A young woman (Virna Lisi) and a soldier team up to deliver an Austrian General (Rod Steiger) to Italian forces during World War I. Their quest for the 1000 Lire reward changes their lives unexpectedly. (imdb)
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The Pawnbroker (1964)
This was one of the first films to deal with the effects of Nazi Germany's concentration camps on their survivors... (imdb)
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The Loved One (1965)
Satire on the funeral business, in which a young British poet goes to work at a Hollywood cemetery. (imdb)
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On the Waterfront (1954)
Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers. (IMDB.com)
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Poolhall Junkies (2002)
A talented pool hustler who has stayed out of the game for years, must go back to his old ways when his little brother gets involved with his enemy, the very man who held him back from greatness. (imdb)
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Mars Attacks! (1996)
Earth is overrun with mean, green invaders! They're armed with insta-fry ray guns, endowed with slimy, humungous brains, and enlivened with out-of-this-world but state-of-the-art special effects. Thrill! As Earth fights back with an unexpected weapon. Take that, Martians! (Warner Bros.)
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The Hurricane (1999)
This film tells the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, an African-American man who rose above his troubled youth to become a top contender for the middle-weight boxing title. However, his dreams are shattered when he is accused of a triple murder, and is convicted to three natural-life terms. Despite becoming a cause celebre and his dogged efforts to prove his innocence through his autobiography, the years of fruitless efforts have left him discouraged... (imdb)
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Oklahoma (1955)
A couple of young cowboys win the hearts of their sweethearts in the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the century. (imdb)
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In the Heat of the Night (1967)
An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town. (imdb)
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Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Life of a Russian doctor/poet who, although married, falls for a political activist's wife and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution. (imdb)
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The Specialist (1994)
A woman entices a bomb expert she's involved with into destroying the mafia that killed her family. (imdb)
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The Longest Day (1962)
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (imdb)
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Waterloo (1970)
After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him... (imdb)
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The Naked Face (1984)
Chicago psychiatrist Judd Stevens (Roger Moore) is suspected of murdering one of his patients when the man turns up stabbed to death in the middle of the city. After repeated attempts to convince cops Rod Steiger and Elliott Gould of his innocence, Dr.Stevens is forced to go after the real villains himself, and he finds himself up against one of the city's most notorious Mafia kingpins. (imdb)
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Les Innocents aux mains sales (1975)
A woman, with the complicity of her lover, prepares her husband's anticipated death. The husband's cunning makes it difficult - and meanwhile more than family relations are questioned, the couple being a sample of dirty relations in society at large... (imdb)
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Animals with the Tollkeeper (1998)
Henry, a New York taxi driver (Tim Roth) takes three French filmmakers to New England, where he gets so obsessed with a beautiful woman, named Fatima (Mili Avital), to the point of getting a job with her unbearable mother (Barbara Bain) in order to get near her. (imdb)
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Jubal (1956)
Found injured by rancher Shep Horgan, Jubal Troop is offered a job as cowhand and soon gains Shep's trust. Mae Horgan, feeling she's been trapped into marriage with Shep, takes a shine to Jubal, although he is more interested in Naomi Hoktor who is travelling with a wagon train camped on Shep's land. Pinky, until now top hand and used to Mae's favours himself, doesn't think much of the new deal and trouble is inevitable. (imdb)
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The Big Knife (1955)
At the insistence of his idealistic wife (Ida Lupino), philandering Hollywood actor Charlie Castle (Jack Palance) resists signing another seven-year contract with studio boss Stanley Hoff (Rod Steiger) -- but when Hoff and his assistant (Wendell Corey) threaten to reveal Charlie's part in a hit-and-run accident the previous year, he must reconsider his options. (filmfanatic.org)
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Breakthrough (1979)
German sergeant gets involved in anti-Hitler conspiracy, and saves the life of an American colonel. (imdb)
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American Gothic (1988)
Vacationers are stranded on an island inhabited by a couple of religious fanatics and their decidedly bent, grown-up "kids". (Chas. Balun)
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Cry Terror! (1958)
A gang of terrorists hold a man, his wife, and their young daughter hostage in exchange for $500,000.
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The Last Days of Mussolini (1974)
"Mussolini: Ultimo Atto" (Mussolini: Last Act 1974) show dictator's four last days of life. The film shows Mussolini as he was: arrogant, selfish, histrionic, liar, opportunist, unremorseful, irresponsible ... yet human. (amazon.com)
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The Kindred (1987)
A gene splicing experiment goes awry, resulting in big monsters, little monsters in jars, watermelons (!), and enough mucous and slime to drown yourself in. (Chas. Balun)
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Der Zauberberg (1982)
Mini-series adaptation of Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain.
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The Chosen (1981)
Chaim Potok's acclaimed novel is translated to the screen in this lyrical adaptation. It's World War II, and as battles rage in Europe and Asia, two young men -- one a member of the Hasidim, the other the son of a reformed Jew -- become friends in spite of their differences. (Netflix)
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The Illustrated Man (1969)
A man, whose body is almost completely covered in tattoos, is looking for the woman who drew all the intricate designs on him. Each tattoo hides a futuristic story, which you experience when you stare at it. (imdb)
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The January Man (1989)
Nick and Frank Starkey were both policemen. A scandal forced Nick to leave the force, now a serial killer has driven the police to take him back. A web that includes Frank's wife, bribery, and corruption all are in the background as Nick tries to uncover the secret of where the killer will strike next, and finally must lay a trap without the police. (imdb)
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Hands Over the City (1963)
A corrupt city councilman seeks a huge profit in a suburban real estate deal. Nottola (Rod Steiger) manipulates corrupt local government officials in the political instability that plagues Italy following World War II. The only councilman who tries to block the shady deals in defense of the people is the lone Communist elected to the board. The only insight on the characters is shown by the political machinations undertaken and the final result of the new zoning laws that followed the tangle of secret deals, bribes and blackmail... (All Movie Guide)
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Run of the Arrow (1957)
When the South loses the war, Confederate veteran O'Meara goes West, joins the Sioux, takes a wife and refuses to be an American but he must choose a side when the Sioux go to war against the U.S. Army.
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F.I.S.T. (1978)
Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher his methods become more ruthless and finally senator Madison starts a campaign to find the truth about the alleged connections with the Mob. (imdb)
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The Harder They Fall (1956)
Jobless sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by corrupt fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his current protege, an unknown Argentinian named Toro Moreno... (imdb)
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Shiloh (1996)
An abused beagle runs away from his owner. On the road, he meets young Marty Preston and follows him home. The boy immediately forms a bond with the dog and names him Shiloh. His stern father won't let him keep the dog because it belongs to Judd Travers, a local hunter... (imdb)
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Marty (1953)
Marty is the story of a lonely New York man (Rod Steiger) who finds solace with an equally introverted woman. (All Movie Guide)
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Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts. (imdb)
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Crazy in Alabama (1999)
Two unusual stories meet and intertwine in Crazy in Alabama, a poignant and captivating comedy-drama set in Los Angeles and the Deep South during the height of the civil rights era.
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