Connections: 55 Days at Peking

Connecting a series of movies through the second billed performers of each movie.
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55 Days at Peking (1963)
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During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine Major Matt Lewis, aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson, devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives. (154 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
2.
Seven Days in May (1964)
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United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. (118 mins.)
“ Connected to "55 Days at Peking by Ava Gardner. ” - smitty008
 
3.
In Harm's Way (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese. (165 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ Connected to "Seven Days in May" by Kirk Douglas ” - smitty008
 
4.
The Subject Was Roses (1968)
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A young man returning home from World War II finds himself caught up in his parents' turbulent relationship. (107 mins.)
Director: Ulu Grosbard
“ Connected to "In Harm's Way" by Patricia Neal. ” - smitty008
 
5.
Changes (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
As Kent drives along California coast, he recollects recent events in his life: his dropping out of college... (93 mins.)
Director: Hall Bartlett
“ Connected to "The Subject Was Roses" by Jack Albertson. ” - smitty008
 
6.
The Animals (1970)
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A woman tracks down the three men who raped her, helped by an Apache. (86 mins.)
Director: Ron Joy
“ Connected to "Changes" by Michele Carey. ” - smitty008
 
7.
Man and Boy (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
After the Civil War, a black ex-union soldier, his wife, and his son settle in Arizona Territory to homestead and build their lives. At first, Caleb Revers race doesn't seem to matter, but then things change. (98 mins.)
Director: E.W. Swackhamer
“ Connected to "The Animals" by Henry Silva. ” - smitty008
 
8.
City of Hope (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
City of Hope is a portrait of a typical middle-sized American city of the present day. The crux of the... (129 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
“ Connected to "Man and Boy" by Gloria Foster ” - smitty008
 
9.
Ethan Frome (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A new pastor arrives in a stark Vermont village and is intrigued by crippled, misshapen Ethan Frome living on an isolated, hardscrabble farm with his sickly wife Zeena. (99 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ Connected to "City of Hope" by Stephen Mendillo. Gil Rood is second-billed. As this was his only credited film role to date, here the list ends. ” - smitty008