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25 underrated political thrillers

Rebecca Clough Jan 13, 2017

Samuel L Jackson, Colin Farrell, Kirk Douglas, Denzel Washington and more, as we explore underrated political thrillers...

Ask someone for their favourite political thrillers and you’re likely to get a list of Oscar-winning classics, from JFK to The Day Of The Jackal, Blow Out to Argo. But what about those electrifying tales that have slipped under the radar, been largely forgotten or just didn’t get the love they deserved? Here are 25 political thrillers which are underappreciated but brilliant.

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Generally, the first hostage to get shot in a heist movie is considered insignificant; luckily this time the young woman killed by terrorists has a devoted boyfriend who vows to avenge her death. Charles Heller (John Savage) already works for the CIA, so he’s able to use secret information to blackmail his bosses into
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George Coe, Original 'SNL' Cast Member & 'Archer' Star, Dies at 86

George Coe, an actor whose long and eclectic career earned him legions of fans spanning several different generations, has died. He was 86.

Coe spent more than 50 years acting both in front of the camera as well as through voiceover work, turning in defining performances in multiple media and genres. He began his career on Broadway in 1957 opposite Angela Lansbury in the original cast of "Mame," and went on to star in "On the Twentieth Century" and "Company," among other shows.

In television, Coe made history as one of the original cast members of "Saturday Night Live," debuting with the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on the show's first episode in 1975. He appeared in numerous other television series over the years, with roles on shows including "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Murder, She Wrote," "Celebrity Deathmatch," "Bones," "Grey's Anatomy," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Gilmore Girls," "The Golden Girls," and "The West Wing.
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The rise and fall of Carolco

Feature Ryan Lambie 11 Mar 2014 - 05:39

In the late 80s, Carolco was one of the biggest studios in Hollywood, but by 1995, it was gone. Ryan charts its dramatic rise and fall...

Paul Verhoeven is not a happy man. It's 1994, and the Dutch director of (among other things) RoboCop and Total Recall is in a pivotal meeting with executives at Carolco Pictures. They're in the boardroom to discuss Crusade: a lavish, $100m historical drama described as Spartacus meets Conan.

With a script by Walon Green (The Wild Bunch, WarGames), and a cast headed up by Arnold Schwarzenegger, it sounds like the kind of star-filled, opulent film Carolco Pictures is famous for making. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Connelly and Robert Duvall. The script is vibrant and brash. There are massive sets being built in rural Spain. But privately, Carolco's bosses are anxious; they have another hugely expensive project in the works
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Marthe Keller: France Legion of Honor 2012 Chevalier

Veteran actress Marthe Keller, among whose credits are Claude Lelouch's And Now My Love and John Schlesinger's Marathon Man, will be inducted as a chevalier ("knight") in the French Legion of Honor, a civilian distinction that has been around since the early 1800s. Born in Basel, Switzerland, Keller will turn 67 next Jan. 28. In the last 45 years, she has appeared in more than 40 films, whether in leading or supporting roles. Apart from the aforementioned — ludicrous but financially successful — Marathon Man, in which she was featured opposite Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier, Keller wasn't very lucky in her several Hollywood try-outs in the late '70s. She was a terrorist in John Frankenheimer's thriller Black Sunday (1977); romanced Al Pacino in Sydney Pollack's expensive autoracing flop Bobby Deerfield (1977); and was a mysterious Greta Garbo-like former actress pursued by William Holden in Billy Wilder's bomb Fedora (1978). Keller's last
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