THE HARDER THEY FALL
1956, Sony Repertory, 109 min, USA, Dir: Mark Robson

In this adaptation of Budd Schulberg’s bestseller, Humphrey Bogart (in his last role) plays burned-out sportswriter Eddie Willis, hired by a crooked boxing promoter (Rod Steiger) to tout his circus-freak heavyweight as a legit contender (based on the true story of Primo Carnera). Director Mark Robson crafts a fitting finale to Bogart’s legendary career and lands a few devastating blows to the reputation of the "Sweet Science." Also featuring Jan Sterling, Mike Lane, Max Baer, “Jersey” Joe Walcott and Nehemiah Persoff.


OKLAHOMA!
1955, 20th Century Fox, 145 min, Dir: Fred Zinnemann

Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert and Gloria Grahame headline this dynamic, showstopping version of the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. The first Hollywood feature released in 70mm – courtesy of producer Michael Todd and the American Optical Co. ("Todd-AO") – OKLAHOMA! features astonishing, revolutionary choreography by Agnes de Mille. Originally premiered at the Egyptian Theatre!


DUCK, YOU SUCKER (Uncut Version)
aka A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE (GIU LA TESTA)
1971, MGM Repertory, 155 min, Italy, Dir: Sergio Leone

In the last - and least-seen - of Sergio Leone’s epic Westerns, earthy peasant Rod Steiger and Irishman James Coburn (hiding from the I.R.A.) find themselves tossed into the middle of the Mexican Revolution. Widely ignored on its release, DUCK YOU SUCKER looks better and better with each year: Leone’s blend of explosive action and boozy poetry is just strange enough to work. With music by Ennio Morricone.


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