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An Officer and a Gentleman, 1982.
Directed by Taylor Hackford.
Signing up to the Aviation Academy, Zak Mayo (Richard Gere) finds that his own upbringing haunts him and may stop him from achieving his goal of becoming a jet pilot. Amongst this, he also meets Paula (Debra Winger), a local girl who changes him and forces him to become a better man.
It’s superior to Top Gun. You may have seen the many parodies to the final scene, but An Officer and a Gentleman is far more powerful. Nowadays, Richard Gere seems to be an older woman’s heartthrob (see The Second Exotic Marigold Hotel) and we forget these outstanding performances that should place him on a par with Pacino. Released in 1982, pop music and big hair can be a little jarring, but it »
- Simon Columb
1972 | Directed by Joy N. Houck Jr.
(a.k.a Dirty Dan’s Women, Is the Father Black Enough, The Ace of Spades)
When Denise (Susan McCullough, in her only credited role) returns home to New Orleans with the news that she is pregnant and due to wed back in New York, her oldest brother Dan (James Ralston, The Terminator) is none too pleased, especially when the father and future husband is revealed to be African American. He is as racist as they come and he doesn’t care who knows about it! Fortunately for Denise, her slightly older brother Vance (Mickey Dolenz, The Monkees) is much more supportive. Not that it really matters as she and her fiancee are murdered back in New York by a Vietnam vet-cum-assassin (Patrick Wright, The Abductors). Denise’s fiancee is shot in broad daylight and her death is staged as a grief stricken suicide. »
- Mondo Squallido
2 items from 2015
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