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Michael Sarrazin Dies: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Sometimes A Great Notion

Michael Sarrazin Dies: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Sometimes A Great Notion
Michael Sarrazin, best known for his role as Jane Fonda's marathon-dancing partner in Sydney Pollack's 1969 drama They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, died of cancer earlier today at a Montreal hospital. Sarrazin was 70. Less well-known is that Sarrazin was offered the role of Joe Buck in John Schlesinger's Oscar-winning Midnight Cowboy. Eventually, Jon Voight became a star — and earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination — for his performance as the hick-turned-urban sex worker. Curiously, Sarrazin was bypassed at the Oscars that year, even though fellow They Shoot Horses, Don't They? players Jane Fonda and Susannah York (who died earlier this year) were both nominated, and Gig Young was chosen as the year's Best Supporting Actor. Sarrazin (born May 22, 1940, in Quebec City) was also effective as a young man whose life is changed after he accidentally knocks down and kills a [...]
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Actor Michael Sarrazin Dead at 70

Originally cast as Joe Buck in Midnight Cowboy, only to be replaced at the last minute by Jon Voight, Sarrazin never achieved real stardom and his career sort of faded away but he did star in a string of memorable films in the 1970′s including They Shoot Horses, Don't They (1969), Sometimes A Great Notion (1970), Harry In Your Pocket (1973), and as the title character in The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud (1975). Originally from Canada, he was an excellent actor who will always be best remembered for the 1973 made-for-tv epic Frankenstein The True Story in which he played the soulful monster opposite Leonard Whiting’s Dr. Frankenstein.

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Michael Sarrazin, best known for starring opposite Jane Fonda in 1969′s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” has died in Montreal after a brief battle with cancer. He was 70.

Sarrazin died Sunday surrounded by family.

In Sydney Pollack’s Depression era-set “Horses,
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Susannah York, the gentle star of 1960s cinema, dies after battle against cancer

Susannah York, the gentle star of 1960s cinema, dies after battle against cancer
Susannah York, the British actress whose gamine looks and demure persona made her an icon of the swinging 60s, has died at the age of 72. She passed away yesterday following a long battle with bone marrow cancer. York won acclaim for her roles in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? – the 1969 film role for which she was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe – as well as A Man For All Seasons in 1966 and as the feisty section officer who took on Kenneth More in the stirring second world war epic Battle of Britain in 1969.

She also had an extensive and critically acclaimed stage career, which included roles in The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs and Henry James's play Appearances, and continued to act late into her life. She was also a children's author, penning two fantasy novels.
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Susannah York, Actress in "They Shoot Horses Don't They," Dies at 72

Susannah York, Actress in
British actress Susannah York, who was nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar for the iconic 1969 film 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?' has died. She was 72. According to the Daily Mail, York died Friday from advanced bone marrow cancer. Here is a her bio, culled from imdb.com: Susannah York, the gamin, blue-eyed, cropped blonde British actress, displayed a certain crossover star quality when she dared upon the Hollywood scene in the early 1960s. A purposefully intriguing, enigmatic and noticeably uninhibited talent, she was born Susannah Yolande Fletcher on January 9, 1939
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Week in Review

Week in Review
Renowned director-actor Sydney Pollack died Monday at the age of 73. He'll be remembered as much for his presence on the big screen as for the films he helped put there thanks to consistently solid roles in everything from The Player and Husbands and Wives to Michael Clayton. The roster of films he directed includes some of the most popular Hollywood movies from the latter half of the century, ranging from They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and the classic Three Days of the Condor to the Oscar-winning Out of Africa.

'Class' in session: Laurent Cantet's The Class won the Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes, marking the first time since 1987's breezy tale Under the Sun of Satan that a French title has taken the honor. The film stars Francois Begaudeau as a literature teacher and is based on his book about, well, being a literature teacher. This year's Grand Prix went to Matteo Garrone's Gomorra.

Their treasure was knowledge: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull opened to $126 million, or $151 million when you add in the Thursday opening. But even though that means a significant number of Americans paid their money to see an iconic character wander through a flawed story -- aliens? really? -- the opening didn't break any major boxoffice records. Its three-day opening is No. 4 on the all-time list, and its five-day figure comes in at No. 6. Still, the film was director Steven Spielberg's best domestic bow, so that's got to count for something.

Red Buttons Dead at 87

Beloved US comedian Red Buttons has died following a vascular disease. He was 87. The red-headed funnyman, who won a 1957 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Sayonara, died at his home, surrounded by family members, yesterday. After making his name as a vaudeville comedian, Buttons became a TV regular after he served in World War Two, eventually landing his own show, The Red Buttons Show in 1952. Three seasons after the show debuted, flagging ratings prompted Buttons to turn his attention to the movies and his Oscar-winning performance helped earn him movie acclaim. Film highlights included Hatari, The Poseidon Adventure and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? His final acting role came on medical drama ER in 2005, when he returned as recurring character Jules Rubadoux.

Oscar-Winning Actor Red Buttons Dies at 87

Red Buttons, the stand-up comedian who gained fame -- and an Academy Award -- as a character actor in numerous films and television shows, died Thursday in Los Angeles of vascular disease; he was 87. Born Aaron Chwatt in New York City, Buttons began his comedy career very young, performing on street corners before being discovered by burlesque theater owners, who made him the youngest comedian on the comedy circuit. Playing in the Catskills and on Broadway before being drafted in 1943, Buttons made his film debut in 1944's Winged Victory, based on a play created by Moss Hart for the Air Force. Performing under the credit "Cpl. Red Buttons", Buttons recreated a part he originated on Broadway alongside a number of other budding stars, including Karl Malden, Judy Holliday and Lee J. Cobb. He returned to show business in 1946, performing mainly on Broadway before landing his own TV vehicle, The Red Buttons Show, which ran from 1952-1955. Numerous other comedic TV appearances followed before director Joshua Logan cast him in the 1957 Marlon Brando drama Sayonara as a solider in post-World War II Japan who embarks on a tragic romance with a Japanese woman, played by Miyoshi Umeki. The role won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (co-star Umeki won an Oscar also) and launched his prodigious acting career. Among his most notable films were The Longest Day, Harlow, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (the latter two earned him Golden Globe nominations) and the cult favorite and commercial hit The Poseidon Adventure, in which he was one of five Oscar-winning cast members. Though his film career lost steam in the 70s, he continued to work non-stop in television, appearing on '70s favorites (The Love Boat, Fantasy Island), '80s hits (The Cosby Show, Knots Landing), and a variety of shows in the '90s, from sitcoms (Roseanne) to dramas (ER); Buttons recently earned an Emmy nomination in 2005 for a recent guest appearance on ER. He also continued his stand-up career, appearing in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, the Catskills and at numerious celebrity comedy roasts. Married and divorced twice early in his career, Buttons is survived by his third wife, Alicia, and their two children. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff

'Horses' will ride again at Tribeca fest

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is among the restored works that will be shown at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. The Sydney Pollack-directed 1969 classic will be shown among works Almost a Man (Un uomo a meta), Come Back Africa, Miss Else (Fraulein Else), My Sister Eileen, We Loved Each Other So Much (C'eravamo tanto amati), and a group of short independent films made by New York teens from 1964-1974. The Midnight selection will screen Japanese films Infection (Kansen) and Premonition (Yogen), Germany's Antibodies (Antikorper), and U.S. films Reeker and Modify. The Wide Angle selection will showcase 25 narratives and docus by emerging worldwide talent, and the Showcase selection will offer 24 new films and special programs from around the world that have been screened at other U.S. film festivals but have not been shown in New York.

Fonda's Facelift Denial

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Fonda's Facelift Denial
Barbarella actress Jane Fonda has blasted American gossip bible The National Enquirer for claiming she had a facelift - insisting the pictures they printed were not her. The 64-year old star is furious after a series of pictures were printed in the magazine depicting a woman with badly swollen eyes and named her as Fonda. In the accompanying story, the Enquirer alleged that fitness guru was lonely and had undergone the surgery in a desperate bid to win back her ex-husband Ted Turner and to reignite her film career. But Fonda's spokeswoman Pat Kingsley insists, "It's not Jane. Even if she wanted to have a face-lift, she wouldn't have time. Jane is not vain." In the past the They Shoot Horses Don't They? actress had spoken out against the use of plastic surgery. She said, "I'm really appalled by plastic surgery in this country. We've got to make friends with those sags and wrinkles, as they represent our lifetime experience." Kingsley could not confirm whether Fonda intended to sue The National Enquirer, who stand by their article and insist they can prove the photos are of Fonda.

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