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DESIGNING WOMAN
1957, Warner Bros., 118 min, USA, Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Sports reporter Mike Hagen (Gregory Peck) and fashion designer Marilla Brown (Lauren Bacall) meet while vacationing and quickly marry - only to discover that they have little in common, as their friends butt heads and skeletons emerge from their closets. This sparkling romantic comedy earned an Oscar for George Wells’ deft screenplay, and was one of Bacall’s favorite films.


THE OMEN
1976, 20th Century Fox, 111 min, USA, Dir: Richard Donner

Director Richard Donner's breakthrough film was the best of the inevitable demonic possession thrillers that flooded theaters in the wake of THE EXORCIST's success. A riveting blend of studio respectability (with a classy cast that includes Gregory Peck and Lee Remick) and exploitation gusto (in the form of some of the most creative death scenes this side of Argento), this story of a couple's discovery that their cute little boy is the Antichrist still has the power to shock. An escapist roller-coaster ride with a very dark edge, this is one of the most unabashedly entertaining films of the 1970s. Award-winning cinematography by Gilbert Taylor (STAR WARS) and an Oscar-winning score by Jerry Goldsmith. Also features David Warner and “Dr. Who's” Patrick Troughton.


CAPE FEAR (1991)
1991, Universal, 128 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Robert De Niro is the stuff of nightmares as Max Cady, a recently released rapist who targets the public defender (Nick Nolte) he blames for his conviction. This intense (and violent) thriller is a remake of a 1962 film starring Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck, both of whom appear in smaller roles here. Costarring Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis.


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