Monthly Archives: January 2017

Powerful Classic Wartime Movies

This week, MovieZoot.com highlights just 4 of the powerful classic wartime movies in our collection featuring 1945’s A Walk In The Sun with Dana Andrews and Richard Conte, 1987’s Deadline with Christopher Walken and Hywel Bennett, 1984’s The Glory Boys with Rod Steiger and Anthony Perkins, and 1964’s Zulu with Stanley Baker and Michael Caine. Each movie is a forceful story with a strong and twisted plot revealing both the hell and sometimes the humanity of war.

 

A Walk in the Sun – Dana Andrews and Richard Conte.

“A A Walk in the Sun is a 1945 black & white war drama directed by Lewis Milestone, starring Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, George Tyne and John Ireland telling the story of a WWII platoon of American soldiers that trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way.

 

 

Deadline – Christopher Walken and Hywel Bennett

“Deadline”Deadline, also released under the name “Witness in the War Zone,” is a 1987 Nathanael Gutman war drama starring Christopher Walken, Hywel Bennett, Marita Marschall and Arnon Zadok telling the story of an ace reporter assigned in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war of 1983 when he is duped, set-up and uncovers a murderous plot to kill hundreds of civilians. Walken performs this role flawlessly.

 

 

The Glory Boys – Rod Steiger and Anthony Perkins

“TheThe Glory Boys is a 1984 Michael Ferguson 3-part war drama staring Rod Steiger, Anthony Perkins, Alfred Burke and Joanna Lumley telling the story of an alcoholic ex-government agent who is brought back into service to stop two opposing terrorist organizations plotting to assassinate an Israeli nuclear scientist. This is not Steiger’s best performance, but the plot is strong and the story is intriguing.

 

 

Zulu – Stanley Baker and Michael Caine

“Zulu”Set in 1879, Zulu is the 1964 Cy Endfield grand-scale, historical war drama starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, James Booth and Michael Caine, telling the story of the Zulu nation having stood up to the British forces handing them a resounding defeat, go on to the smaller battle of Rorke’s Drift. Narrated by Richard Burton, this epic and iconic film is treasured within the 500 Greatest Films by both Total Film and Empire magazines.

Classic Movies from an Earlier Era

This week’s featured selections on MovieZoot.com is Classic Movies from an Earlier Era – a Greater America – a more focused story-telling era unafraid of exploring right and wrong, and our own morality. Four gut-wrenching stories that still transport us to the core of our emotions are presented in Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, The Man Who Knew Too Much with James Stewart and Doris Day, The Snows of Kilimanjaro with Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Susan Hayward, and To Kill A Mockingbird with Gregory Peck, Kim Stanley, Jon Megna and Robert Duval.

These poignant classic movies still pull at your heart as well as your soul. They are worth watching again and again.

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Charade – Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn

“Charade”Charade is the BAFTA Award-winning 1963 Stanley Donen mystery/romance starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn telling a tale of intrigue where Hepburn plays a widow in Paris being pursued by a bevy of men hoping to gain her husband’s fortune. The only person she can trust is Cary Grant. Or can she? Reel-style abounds in this classic beauty!

The Man Who Knew Too Much – James Stewart and Doris Day

“TheJames Stewart and Doris Day star in this 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery/Thriller/Drama The Man Who Knew Too Much, in which Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart) is on vacation with his wife (Doris Day) and son in London when a chance encounter with a stranger sets their trip, and their lives, on a drastically different course. The stranger, killed in front of the family in the marketplace, reveals an assassination plot to the Americans. The couple’s son is abducted in order to ensure the plot is kept secret, and suddenly the mother and father, with no help from the police, must figure out a way to get their child back. This is one of Hitchcock’s best thrillers and the song “Que Sera, Sera” became Doris Day’s biggest hit, winning the 1956 Best Song Oscar.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro – Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Susan Hayward

“SnowGregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner star in the 1952 classic Technicolor Adventure/Romance/Drama The Snows of Kilimanjaro, based on the unforgettable novel by Ernest Hemingway and directed by Henry King in which adventure writer Harry Street reflects on his life, as he is dying on safari in Kenya. Have your tissues and popcorn handy for this movie – you’ll need both!

To Kill a Mockingbird – Gregory Peck, Kim Stanley and Robert Duval

“ToTo Kill a Mockingbird is Pulitzer Prize winning author Harper Lee’s classic coming-of-age tale examining fear, mental illness and racial bias brought to light in a small Alabama town in the 1930’s. The drama was intentionally shot in black & white to portray the societal contrasts of the time, and interpreted for the big screen by Robert Mulligan in 1962. This iconic movie stars Gregory Peck, Kim Stanley and Jon Megna and one of the first appearances on the screen from a very young Robert Duval. In 2003, the American Film Institute named Peck’s character Atticus Finch “The Greatest Movie Hero of the 20th Century,” and that’s really saying something!

Watch List – 01/06/2017

Let’s start the New Year off with legs – Musicals that show a lot of legs! For this week’s featured selections, MovieZoot is proud to exhibit some of the best legs in Hollywood history with the beautiful gams of Cyd Charisse in Black Tights, Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel, and Doris Day in The Pajama Game. These dames really know how to help us ring in another New Year with their high-kicks and long, sleek beautiful movie-star legs!

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Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

Black Tights

Black TightsBlack Tights is a 1961 Terence Young directed black & white musical drama starring Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer and Roland Petit that is a mash-up of four outstanding ballet dance performances choreographed by Roland Petit – Carmen, La croqueuse de diamants, Deuil en 24 heures and Cyrano de Bergerac. Also known as “Un Deux Trois Quatre!” in France, this film inspired many mid-century young women to pursue a career in dance. C’est Magnifique!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer BlondesGentlemen Prefer Blondes is the 1953 Howard Hawks rom/com musical starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe playing tow showgirls that are best friends on a quest for finding a rich husband. Ah, the 50’s – where anything was possible in America!

The Blue Angel

The Blue AngelThe Blue Angel is a 1931 Josef von Sternberg black & white musical drama starring Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron and Emil Jannings telling the story of an educator so smitten by a cabaret dancer that he loses everything in the name of love, eventually losing his very life! Eyes up boys – it’s dangerous down there!

The Pajama Game

The Pajama GameThe Pajama Game is an iconic 1957 rom/com musical directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen and starring Doris Day and John Raitt. The Pajama Game tells the story of conflict between management and labor as worker’s demand a 7 and ½ cent raise in their hourly wages. Although a comedy, this film paved the way for a later films, including Norma Rae, starring Sally Field, that explore the many contributions of women in the American labor movement. Also worth noting, John Raitt, playing the male lead, is the father of famed country singer Bonnie Raitt’.

The Street Fighter

untitled8The Street Fighter, again staring Sonny Chiba, is also another Martial Arts/Action thriller released in 1974 and directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Also staring Goichi Yamada, Yutaka Nakajima, Tony Cetera and Masafumi Suzuki, it tells the story of a tough mercenary, a master of martial arts who, when the Japanese Mafia and Yakuza try to hire the him to kidnap the daughter of a billionaire for ransom but fail to meet his exorbitant price, try to kill him to conceal their plan. As any good martial arts hero of the era, he promptly offers his services to protect her. Chiba is at his best here and these moves in this movie help to define his film legacy.

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Martial Arts books and Posters of Sonny Chiba
Available from amazon.com.

The Bodyguard

untitled7The Bodyguard (aka Karate Kiba) is a 1976 Martial Arts/Action/Crime thriller directed by Ryuichi Takamori and Simon Nuchterm staring Shin’ichi (Sonny) Chiba, Jiro Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi and Aaron Banks, and tells the tale of a karate master and anti-drug vigilante who returns to his home in Japan, where he announces his intention to wipe out the nation’s drug industry and offers protection for those who inform on the drug-traffickers. Interestingly, Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” movie paid homage to this film when Samuel L. Jackson’s character quoted Ezekiel 25:17 from the bible, as did Chiba’s character in this film (with minor edits, of course)!

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Martial Arts books and Posters of Sonny Chiba
Available from amazon.com. Click on link.
The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970’s
by Dr. Craig D. Reid

On the Warrior’s Path, 2nd Edition: Philosophy, Fighting and Martial Arts Mythology
by Daniele Bolelli

Mythologies of Martial Arts (Martial Arts Studies)
by Paul Bowman

Sonny Chiba movie posters

New Fists of Fury

untitled6New Fists of Fury is the 1976 Wei Lo martial arts drama starring Jackie Chan, Nora Miao, Ming Cheng Chang and Shen Lin Chang and tells the story of a brother and sister who escape from Japanese-occupied Shanghai to Japanese-occupied Taiwan, to stay with their grandfather who runs a Kung-Fu school there. However, the master of a Japanese Karate school in Taiwan has designs on bringing all other schools on the island under his domination, and part of his plan involves the murder of the siblings’ grandfather. Undaunted, the brother and sister reestablish their grandfather’s school, leading to a final confrontation with the Japanese Karate master.

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Books about Jackie Chan:
Available at amazon.com. Click on title for link.
I Am Jackie Chan: My Life In Action
by Jackie Chan

Living With Jackie Chan
by Jo Knowles

Jackie Chan: Inside The Dragon
by Clyde Gentry lll

The Essential Jackie Chan Source Book
by Jeff Rovin

36 Crazy Fists

untitled5“36 Crazy Fists” is a 1977 Martial Arts/Action/Drama film directed by Chi-Hwa Chen, billed as staring Jackie Chan (but he is nowhere to be seen in the movie — he was the fight choreographer and stunt man!), and actually stars Siu-Hung Leung, Michelle Yim and Lau Chan. “36 Crazy Fists” tells the story of a man struggling to learn Kung Fu to avenge the death of his father who was murdered by Manchurian gangsters. Lots of stellar martial arts action, and wonderful set-ups for humor, but somehow the punch lines never seem to hit home. Maybe it was lost in translation? Or editing … but still a great martial arts period piece!
 

Books about Jackie Chan:
Available at amazon.com. Click on title for link.
I Am Jackie Chan: My Life In Action
by Jackie Chan

Living With Jackie Chan
by Jo Knowles

Jackie Chan: Inside The Dragon
by Clyde Gentry lll

The Essential Jackie Chan Source Book
by Jeff Rovin