THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE
1951, Warner Bros., 69 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

Until the last decade, this was regarded as one of director John Huston’s lower-profile pictures, but with each passing year its stature and merits grow. A profoundly moving rendition of Stephen Crane’s classic novel of the Civil War, with an exceptional Audie Murphy as Henry Fleming, the young soldier wracked by self-doubt, and the offbeat Bill Mauldin (the most famous political/war cartoonist of the era) equally good as his friend. With Royal Dano, Arthur Hunnicutt.


SERGEANT YORK
1941, Warner Bros., 134 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks

Gary Cooper stars as Alvin C. York, a hillbilly sharpshooter and pacifist who is drafted into World War I, only to become one of the most celebrated army soldiers when he single handedly attacks and captures a German position, using his turkey-shoot expertise. Winner of two Oscars for Best Actor (Cooper) and Best Film Editing, with an additional nine nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Walter Brennan) and Best Supporting Actress (Margaret Wycherly).


BATMAN RETURNS
1992, Warner Bros., 126 min, USA, Dir: Tim Burton

Abandoned mutant baby Danny DeVito grows up to be Gotham City's formidable villain The Penguin, one of several opponents Michael Keaton has to face in Tim Burton's second Batman movie. There's also Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman and Christopher Walken's Max Shreck, all of whom take on Batman in a rare sequel that is every bit as rich and compelling as the original.


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