BLADE RUNNER
1982, Warner Bros., 117 min, USA, Hong Kong, UK, Dir: Ridley Scott

Director Ridley Scott’s acknowledged masterpiece, BLADE RUNNER is also one of the most influential films of the past 30 years, a dazzling fusion of retro-noir and future paranoia, set in a decaying, rain-drenched Los Angeles dominated by Mayan pyramids of unimaginable wealth. Harrison Ford stars as the government-sanctioned killer who falls in love with gorgeous, enigmatic Sean Young, while trying to eliminate Rutger Hauer and his rogue band of genetically engineered replicants.


WORKING GIRL
1988, 20th Century Fox, 113 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

This immensely likable look at one woman’s attempt to break through the glass ceiling features a near-unimprovable cast topped by Melanie Griffith as a secretary with big ideas, Sigourney Weaver as the boss who steals them and Harrison Ford as the man both have eyes for. A Cinderella story for the 1980s (complete with the decade’s focus on big business and even bigger hair), Nichols’ sure-handed romantic comedy picked up six Oscar nominations, including a win for Carly Simon’s original song “Let the River Run.”


THE CONVERSATION
1974, American Zoetrope, 113 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Sandwiched between THE GODFATHER and GODFATHER II, THE CONVERSATION is Coppola at his very best - a sinister, unstoppable portrait of moral (and physical) violence and the sheer paranoia of living in the modern world. Gene Hackman is tremendous as fly-on-the-wall surveillance expert Harry Caul, drawn into a murderous whirlpool when he’s hired to bug lovers Frederic Forrest and Cindy Williams. Co-starring John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Teri Garr and Harrison Ford.


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