McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)

McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)

Taglines: Name your poison.

Set in winter in the Old West. Charismatic but dumb John McCabe arrives in a young Pacific Northwest town to set up a whorehouse/tavern. The shrewd Mrs. Miller, a professional madam, arrives soon after construction begins. She offers to use her experience to help McCabe run his business, while sharing in the profits.

The whorehouse thrives and McCabe and Mrs. Miller draw closer, despite their conflicting intelligences and philosophies. Soon, however, the mining deposits in the town attract the attention of a major corporation, which wants to buy out McCabe along with the rest. He refuses, and his decision has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the town.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller is a 1971 American Revisionist Western film starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, and directed by Robert Altman. The screenplay is based on Edmund Naughton’s 1959 novel McCabe. Altman referred to it as an “anti-western film” because the film ignores or subverts a number of Western conventions. In 2010, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.

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McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

Directed by: Robert Altman
Starring: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane, John Schuck, Corey Fischer, Bert Remsen, Shelley Duvall
Screenplay by: Robert Altman
Production Design by: Leon Ericksen
Cinematography by: Vilmos Zsigmond
Film Editing by: Lou Lombardo
Art Direction by: Al Locatelli, Philip Thomas
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: June 24, 1971

The Go-Between (1971)

The Go-Between (1971)

Summer 1900: Queen Victoria’s last and the summer Leo turns 13. He’s the guest of Marcus, a wealthy classmate, at a grand home in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marian, Marcus’s twenty-something sister, a beauty about to be engaged to Hugh, a viscount and good fellow.

Marian buys Leo a forest-green suit, takes him on walks, and asks him to carry messages to and from their neighbor, Ted Burgess, a bit of a rake. Leo is soon dissembling, realizes he’s betraying Hugh, but continues as the go-between nonetheless, asking adults naive questions about the attractions of men and women. Can an affair between neighbors stay secret for long? And how does innocence end?

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The Go-Between (1971)

Directed by: Joseph Losey
Starring: Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Margaret Leighton, Michael Redgrave, Dominic Guard, Michael Gough, Amaryllis Garnett
Screenplay by: Harold Pinter
Cinematography by: Gerry Fisher
Film Editing by: Reginald Beck
Costume Design by: John Furniss
Art Direction by: Carmen Dillon
Music by: Michel Legrand
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: November 13, 1971

Shampoo (1975)

Shampoo (1975)

Taglines: Your hairdresser does it better…

Thirty-something George Roundy is a Beverly Hills hairdresser, who spends as much time sleeping with his female clients as he does doing their hair. Whether they want to admit it, all the women in his life are on the most part aware that they are are not the only one with whom he is sleeping. And some, such as the wealthy and married Felicia Karpf, have a stronger emotional dependence on George than they would like to admit. George’s current girlfriend is Jill, an up and coming actress.

Jill’s best friend is Jackie Shawn, one of George’s old girlfriends who left him because he couldn’t make a true commitment to her. In turn, Jackie is currently having an affair with Lester Karpf, Felicia’s wealthy businessman husband. George is unhappy working at a salon owned by Norman, with whom he is constantly butting heads. In his first act of wanting finally to be a grown up, George wants to open his own salon, but doesn’t have the financial resources to do it, and no bank will lend him money.

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Shampoo (1975)

Directed by: Hal Ashby
Starring: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant, Jack Warden, George Furth, Luana Anders, Susanna Moore, Carrie Fisher
Screenplay by: Robert Towne, Warren Beatty
Production Design by: Richard Sylbert
Cinematography by: László Kovács
Film Editing by: Robert C. Jones
Costume Design by: Anthea Sylbert
Set Decoration by: George Gaines
Art Direction by: W. Stewart Campbell
Music by: Paul Simon
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: February 11, 1975

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Joe Pendleton is a football quarterback preparing to lead his team to the Superbowl when he is almost killed in an accident. An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he was not ready to die, and that his body has been cremated.

Another body must be found without his death being discovered, and that of a recently murdered millionaire is chosen. His wife and accountant, the murderers, are confused by this development, as he buys the Los Angeles Rams in order to once again quarterback them into the Superbowl. At the same time, he falls in love with an English environmental activist who disapproves of his policies and actions.

Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It was the second film adaptation of Harry Segall’s stageplay of the same name, being preceded by Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).

The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards. The cast reunites Beatty and Julie Christie, who also starred together in the 1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller and the 1975 Shampoo. A third film adaption of the stageplay was done in 2001, titled Down to Earth.

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

About the Story

Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty), a backup quarterback for the American football team Los Angeles Rams, is looking forward to leading his team to the Super Bowl. While riding his bicycle through the older west side of tunnel one on Kanan-Dume road in Malibu,[3] he collides with a truck. An over-anxious guardian angel (Buck Henry) on his first assignment plucks Joe out of his body early, in the mistaken belief that his death is imminent, and Pendleton arrives in the afterlife.

Once there, he refuses to believe that his time was up and, upon investigation, the mysterious Mr. Jordan (James Mason) discovers that he is right: he was not destined to die until much later (10:17 am on March 20, 2025, to be exact). Unfortunately, his body has already been cremated, so a new body must be found. After rejecting several possibilities of men who are about to die, Joe is finally persuaded to accept the body of a millionaire industrialist. Leo Farnsworth has just been drugged and drowned in his bathtub by his cheating gold digger wife Julia Farnsworth (Dyan Cannon) and her lover, Farnsworth’s personal secretary, Tony Abbott (Charles Grodin).

Julia and Tony are naturally confused when Leo reappears, alive and well. Leo buys the Los Angeles Rams to lead them to the Super Bowl as their quarterback. To succeed, he must first convince, and then secure the aid of, long-time friend and trainer Max Corkle (Jack Warden) to get his new body in shape. At the same time, he falls in love with an environmental activist, Betty Logan (Julie Christie), who disapproves of Farnsworth’s policies and actions.

With the Rams about to play in the Super Bowl, the characters all face a crisis. Mr. Jordan informs Farnsworth that he must give up this body as well. Farnsworth resists, but hints to Betty that she might someday meet someone else and should think of him. Julia and Abbott continue their murderous plans, and Abbott shoots Farnsworth dead. The Rams are forced to start another quarterback, Tom Jarrett, in the climactic game. A detective, Lt. Krim (Vincent Gardenia), interrogates the suspects while they watch the game on TV. With the help of Corkle, he gets Julia and Abbott to incriminate one another.

Heaven Can WaitMovie Poster (1978)

Heaven Can Wait (1973)

Directed by: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry
Starring: Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie, Jack Warden, Dyan Cannon, Charles Grodin, Vincent Gardenia, Stephanie Faracy
Screenplay by: Elaine May, Warren Beatty
Production Design by: Paul Sylbert
Cinematography by: William A. Fraker
Film Editing by: Robert C. Jones, Don Zimmerman
Costume Design by: Richard Bruno
Set Decoration by: George Gaines
Art Direction by: Edwin O’Donovan
Music by: Dave Grusin
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: June 28, 1978