THE KILLING FLOOR
1984, Film Movement, 118 min, USA, Dir: Bill Duke

Bill Duke's feature debut, which premiered on PBS' American Playhouse series in 1984 to rave reviews, tells the little-known true story of the struggle to build an interracial labor union in the Chicago stockyards. The screenplay by Obie Award-winner Leslie Lee, based on an original story by producer Elsa Rassbach, traces the racial and class conflicts seething in the city’s giant slaughterhouses, and the brutal efforts of management to divide the workforce along ethnic lines, which eventually boiled over in the Chicago race riot of 1919. Damien Leake, Alfre Woodard, Dennis Farina and Moses Gunn star in the film, which won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award. "THE KILLING FLOOR is part of our nation's history - a fascinating and bloody episode in the history of the U.S. labor movement ... a powerful, personal drama." - Marilyn Preston, Chicago Tribune


MIDNIGHT RUN
1988, Universal, 126 min, USA, Dir: Martin Brest

This superb action comedy teams bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) and former Mafia accountant Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas (Charles Grodin) on a madcap, cross-country road trip. Exchanging insults, fighting off feds and thugs alike, Grodin and De Niro's chemistry is unmatched. Director Brest keeps the anarchic humor and hilariously foul-mouthed dialogue coming at a lightning pace. Memorable support from the hysterically profane Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano, John Ashton and a sunglasses-wearing Yaphet Kotto.


MANHUNTER
1986, Canal +, 119 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

Based on Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon, Michael Mann’s frightening, forcefully directed thriller follows Will Graham (William Peterson), an FBI agent in early retirement after his traumatizing arrest of serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox). Meanwhile, the emergence of another serial killer, the "Tooth Fairy," with a penchant for killing entire families compels Graham to return and immerse himself in the job, including confronting the imprisoned Lecktor. MANHUNTER is the first and original thriller featuring Dr. Lecktor. With Tom Noonan, Joan Allen, and Dennis Farina.


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