BARABBAS
1961, Sony Repertory, 137 min, Italy, Dir: Richard Fleischer

Closer in spirit to Scorsese’s THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST than to the biblical epics of its own day, director Richard Fleischer’s visually stunning drama (shot in Technirama 70) about the thief (Anthony Quinn) given amnesty in place of Jesus is a moving, gritty and harrowingly unsentimental odyssey of one lonely unfortunate’s spiritual evolution. With Silvana Mangano, Ernest Borgnine and Jack Palance.


CITY SLICKERS
1991, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: Ron Underwood

In this amiable hit comedy, Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal) and his friends Phil (Daniel Stern) and Ed (Bruno Kirby) sign on for a two-week cattle drive to add a little adventure to their humdrum urban lives. On the trail, they meet veteran cowhand Curly (Jack Palance), who, despite his intimidating persona, teaches these “city slickers” the insights and courage they need to get their herd of cattle to its destination (and to resolve the issues each is having at home). Palance won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this performance.


HOUSE OF NUMBERS
1957, MGM [Warner Bros.], 92 min, USA, Dir: Russell Rouse

What’s more ominous than a jugged Jack Palance doing hard time? How about Jack in a dual role as look-alike brothers … with Timothy Carey as a cellmate! In a clever twist, the Palance on the outside schemes to free his twin by breaking into maximum security! Ultra-rare noir directed on location at San Quentin by the always original Russell Rouse (DOA, NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL, THE WELL). Not on DVD!


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