PRIMAL FEAR
1996, Paramount, 129 min, USA, Dir: Gregory Hoblit

In this glossy legal thriller, a hot-shot lawyer (Richard Gere) chooses to defend a young man (Edward Norton, in his Oscar-nominated feature debut) accused of murdering an archbishop. But closer examination of the facts reveals dark secrets about the archbishop and the boy’s past. The top-flight supporting cast includes Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard and Frances McDormand. “The plot is as good as crime procedurals get, but the movie is really better than its plot because of the three-dimensional characters.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


THE WANDERERS
1979, Kino Lorber, 117 min, USA, Dir: Philip Kaufman

Director Philip Kaufman does a remarkable job of transferring Richard Price’s novel to the big screen, spotlighting the antics of an Italian-American teen gang in the Bronx in 1963. THE WANDERERS has evolved into a cult favorite over the years since its original release, with warm and funny performances from a fine ensemble cast including Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, John Friedrich and Linda Manz. A delight from beginning to end.


HARDCORE
1979, Sony Repertory, 109 min, USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

This underrated drama from writer-director Paul Schrader is anchored by one of George C. Scott’s greatest performances. He plays Jake Van Dorn, a conservative Midwestern businessman whose daughter disappears during a church-sponsored trip to California. Horrified to learn she may now be working in the L.A. porn industry, Van Dorn enlists a sleazy private investigator (Peter Boyle) and a wary streetwalker (Season Hubley) to find the girl.


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