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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rescue Dawn

Plot summary

photo of Rescue Dawn,  Christian Bale

This film tells the real-life story of U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler, a German-American shot down and captured in Laos during the Vietnam War. Dengler organized a death-defying escape for a small band of POWs, including Duane Martin. Written by Ryan

Cast of Rescue Dawn

Christian Bale ... Dieter
Marshall Bell ... Admiral Berrington
François Chau ... Province Governor

Jeremy Davies ... Gene

Craig Gellis ... Corporal
GQ ... Farkas

Zach Grenier ... Squad Leader

Pat Healy ... Norman
Toby Huss ... Spook
Bonnie Z. Hutchinson ... Nurse
Evan Jones ... Lessard
Abhijati 'Meuk' Jusakul ... Phisit
Mr. Tony B. King ... Jet Pilot

Mr. Richard Manning ... Helicopter Pilot

Mr. Garrett D. Melich ... Rigger Stone

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining Czech underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick's surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick's one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan.... Written by Gary Jackson {}

During World War II, Europeans who were fleeing from the Germans, sought refuge in America. But to get there they would first have to go Casablanca and once they get there, they have to obtain exit visas which are not very easy to come by. Now the hottest spot in all of Casablanca is Rick's Cafe which is operated by Rick Blaine, an American expatriate, who for some reason can't return there, and he is also extremely cynical. Now it seems that two German couriers were killed and the documents they were carrying were taken. Now one of Rick's regulars, Ugarte entrusts to him some letters of transit, which he intends to sell but before he does he is arrested for killing the couriers. Captain Renault, the Chief of Police, who is neutral in his political views, informs Rick that Victor Laszlo, the European Resistance leader, is in Casablanca and will do anything to get an exit visa but Renault has been "told" by Major Strasser of the Gestapo, to keep Laszlo in Casablanca. Laszlo goes to Rick's to meet Ugarte, because he was the one Ugarte was going to sell the letters to. But since Ugarte was arrested he has to find another way. Accompanying him is Ilsa Lund, who knew Rick when he was in Paris, and when they meet some of Rick's old wounds reopen. It is obvious that Rick's stone heart was because of her leaving him. And when they learn that Rick has the letters, he refuses to give them to him, because "he doesn't stick his neck out for anyone". Written by

Rick Blaine, who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo. Laszlo is a résistance leader, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country - but will he ? Written by Anonymous

Cast of Casablanca

Humphrey Bogart ... Rick Blaine

Ingrid Bergman ... Ilsa Lund

Paul Henreid ... Victor Laszlo

Claude Rains ... Captain Renault
Conrad Veidt ... Major Strasser

Sydney Greenstreet ... Signor Ferrari

Peter Lorre ... Ugarte
S.Z. Sakall ... Carl (as S.K. Sakall)
Madeleine LeBeau ... Yvonne

Dooley Wilson ... Sam

Joy Page ... Annina Brandel
John Qualen ... Berger
Leonid Kinskey ... Sascha
Curt Bois ... Pickpocket

Friday, July 13, 2007

Friendly Persuasion

The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religous sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitide? Written by Olaf Mertens {}

Cast of Friendly Persuasion

Gary Cooper ... Jess Birdwell
Dorothy McGuire ... Eliza Birdwell

Anthony Perkins ... Josh Birdwell
Richard Eyer ... Little Jess
Robert Middleton ... Sam Jordan
Phyllis Love ... Martha 'Mattie' True Birdwell

Peter Mark Richman ... Gardner 'Gard' Jordan (as Mark Richman)
Walter Catlett ... Prof. Waldo Quigley
Richard Hale ... Purdy (violent Quaker)
Joel Fluellen ... Enoch (black hired hand)
Theodore Newton ... Maj. Harvey (recruiter in meetinig)
John Smith ... Caleb Cope (wrestling Quaker)
Edna Skinner ... Opal Hudspeth
Marjorie Durant ... Pearl Hudspeth (pipe-smoking woodcutter in braids)
Frances Farwell ... Ruby Hudspeth

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