2005, Focus Features, 134 min, USA, Dir: Ang Lee

From director Ang Lee comes an epic American love story adapted from an Annie Proulx short story by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana (who, like Lee, earned Oscars for their work here). Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men - ranch-hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love.

1973, Sony Repertory, 104 min, USA, Dir: Hal Ashby

A pair of U.S. Navy petty officers (Jack Nicholson and Otis Young) are assigned to escort a young sailor (Randy Quaid) to prison to serve an eight-year sentence. Taking pity on the young man, they decide to make his last days of freedom memorable ones. Robert Towne’s superb (and profanity-laden) screenplay and the outstanding performances of Nicholson and newcomer Quaid all earned Oscar nominations.

1996, MGM Repertory, 113 min, USA, Dir: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

The tagline says it all for this laugh-out-loud lewd fest from the Farrelly brothers: “A movie with a lot of balls.” Roy (Woody Harrelson) would have been the world’s best bowler, if not for the loss of his bowling hand to a gang of ruffians. Now a down-and-out bowling alley supplies salesman with a prosthetic hook for a hand, Roy encounters Ishmael (Randy Quaid), a Quaker runaway who dreams of hitting the bowling big-time, and begins training this newfound protege to become the next king of the bowling lanes. With Bill Murray in fine form as Ishmael’s toughest competition, bowling celebrity Ernie McCracken.

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