SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
1998, Paramount, 169 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

In the European theater of World War II, Army captain Tom Hanks leads his men on a dangerous mission to retrieve a soldier whose brothers have all died in combat. Along the way, the men engage in some of the most harrowing and realistic battle sequences ever put on film, as well as some of the most heroic. An action movie with intelligence, heart and stirring patriotism courtesy of director Steven Spielberg.


EARTHQUAKE
1974, Universal, 123 min, USA, Dir: Mark Robson

Director Mark Robson (VALLEY OF THE DOLLS) spins a spectacularly entertaining guilty-pleasure yarn of Los Angeles denizens trapped by a high-magnitude earthquake, with Charlton Heston as a construction engineer trying to deal with his boozy, jealous wife, Ava Gardner, whose father (Lorne Greene of TV’s "Bonanza") just happens to be his boss, while walking a tightrope with his mistress, widow Geneviève Bujold. Then the earthquake hits! With Barry Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan and, in a surprising cameo, Walter Matthau.


THE GETAWAY
1972, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

Director Sam Peckinpah adapts writer Jim Thompson’s savage pulp classic with tightly wound Steve McQueen as escaped bank robber Doc McCoy. To spring him from the joint, devoted wife Ali McGraw enlists the help of corrupt fat-cat Ben Johnson, who wants McCoy to execute a seemingly impossible robbery. Al Lettieri is the memorably sleazy killer who dogs the couple’s trail after thieves fall out.


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