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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

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Proposition
Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the four Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains at large has and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. Written by Armin Ortmann {}

Cast of The Proposition

Richard Wilson ... Mike Burns

Noah Taylor ... Brian O'Leary
Jeremy Madrona ... Asian Prostitute
Jae Mamuyac ... Asian Prostitute

Guy Pearce ... Charlie Burns
Mick Roughan ... Mad Jack Bradshaw
Shane Watt ... John Gordon

Ray Winstone ... Captain Stanley
Robert Morgan ... Sergeant Lawrence
David Gulpilil ... Jacko
Bryan Probets ... Officer Dunn
Oliver Ackland ... Patrick Hopkins
Danny Huston ... Arthur Burns
David Vallon ... Tom Cox
Daniel Parker ... Henry Clark

Open Range

Boss Spearman, Charley Waite, Mose Harrison and Button freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff and kingpin rancher who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards an inevitable showdown, as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing. Amidst the turmoil, life suddenly takes an unexpected turn for the loner Charley when he meets the beautiful and warm spirited Sue Barlow, a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul. Written by Sujit R. Varma

This tale of the Old West (let's avoid the term western) works on many fronts. It blends the expected violence with pathos, romance, and even comedy. The film opens with four cow hands (Robert Duvall as Boss; Kevin Costner as Charlie Waite; Abraham Benrubi as Mose, the gentle, boy-like cook; and Diego Luna, as Buttons, a 16 year old Spanish kid that has been taken in by the older cowboys) pushing a cattle herd. After a hard rain, Boss determines that Mose needs to go back to a town they passed and get extra supplies. When he fails to return, the two older men go after him. They find he has been beaten by a local rancher's men and then arrested for starting the fight. Going to the jail, they confront the corrupt town marshall (James Russo) and the rancher (Michael Gambon), who has a stranglehold on the town and a dislike for open range cattlemen. Mose is released and taken to a doctor (Dean McDermott), where the men also meet the doc's sister (Annette Bening), whom they initially mistake for his wife. Romance blooms! The men head back to the range, but are confronted by hooded riders and disaster that sends them on a path of revenge. Charlie's history as a former gunfighter slowly surfaces as he plans out the impending shootout. Written by John Sacksteder {}

Cast of Open Range

Robert Duvall ... Boss Spearman

Kevin Costner ... Charley Waite

Annette Bening ... Sue Barlow

Michael Gambon ... Denton Baxter

Michael Jeter ... Percy

Diego Luna ... Button

James Russo ... Sheriff Poole

Abraham Benrubi ... Mose

Dean McDermott ... Doc Barlow

Kim Coates ... Butler
Herb Kohler ... Cafe Man
Peter MacNeill ... Mack
Cliff Saunders ... Ralph

Patricia Stutz ... Ralph's Wife (as Pat Stutz)

Julian Richings ... Wylie

Johnny Guitar

Plot summary
Vienna has built a saloon oustide of town, and she hopes to build her own town once the railroad is put through, but the townsfolk want her gone. When four men hold up a stagecoach and kill a man the town officials, led by Emma Small, come to the saloon to grab four of Vienna's friends, the Dancin' Kid and his men. Vienna stands strong against them, and is aided by the presence of an old acquaintance of hers, Johnny Guitar, who is not what he seems. Written by Ed Sutton {}

Cast of Johnny Guitar

Joan Crawford ... Vienna
Sterling Hayden ... Johnny 'Guitar' Logan
Mercedes McCambridge ... Emma Small
Scott Brady ... Dancin' Kid
Ward Bond ... John McIvers
Ben Cooper ... Turkey Ralston

Ernest Borgnine ... Bart Lonergan
John Carradine ... Old Tom
Royal Dano ... Corey
Frank Ferguson ... Marshal Williams
Paul Fix ... Eddie

Rhys Williams ... Mr. Andrews
Ian MacDonald ... Pete

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