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1977, 113 min, USA, Dir: Earl Bellamy

Joe Don Baker is the man the auto insurance companies turn to when a rash of car thefts baffle police. As no-nonsense private eye Pete Novick, he and rookie cop Nifty Nolan (a pre-“Cagney and Lacey” Tyne Daly) burn rubber in pursuit of elusive wheel man the Road Runner; needless to say, a lot of cars get banged up along the way. With Robert Loggia and Richard Jaeckel.

1976, 91 min, USA, Dir: William Girdler

In this landlocked take on the JAWS tale, a gigantic grizzly begins picking off campers at a national park; it’s up to the park’s chief ranger (Christopher George), a zoologist (Richard Jaeckel) and a veteran helicopter pilot (Andrew Prine) to bag the bear before tourist season is ruined.

1972, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Robert Aldrich

When Ulzana (Joaquin Martinez) and a small band of Apaches escape from an Arizona reservation and begin killing settlers, a green cavalry lieutenant (Bruce Davison) is assigned to capture them with the help of a veteran scout (Burt Lancaster). The desert pursuit that ensues is both a tense tactical game and an unflinching look at how ethnic conflicts brutalize both sides. An underrated Western, expertly directed by Robert Aldrich (THE DIRTY DOZEN) from Alan Sharp’s intricate screenplay.

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