1978, Warner Bros., 99 min, USA, Dir: Hal Needham

Director Hal Needham got his start as a stuntman, and he pays tribute to the profession with this action-packed hit. Top stuntman Burt Reynolds is on the verge of retirement when he finds himself challenged by newcomer Jan-Michael Vincent to attempt the riskiest, biggest stunt of his career - against the better judgment of girlfriend Sally Field. From its opening to its "blooper reel" credits (which were among the first used in film), HOOPER takes viewers on a wildly entertaining ride.

1978, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min, USA, Dir: Burt Reynolds

This pitch-black comedy stars Burt Reynolds as a man who uses his recently diagnosed terminal illness as a means to manipulate those closest to him. As the mental patient who, in his own murderous way, tries to help, Dom DeLuise was never funnier; the outstanding cast also features Sally Field, Carl Reiner, Joanne Woodward and Myrna Loy.

1968, Janus Films, 114 min, Japan, Dir: Kihachi Okamoto

In this pitch-black action comedy, a pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, previously a farmer, longs to become a noble samurai. The other, a former samurai haunted by his past, prefers living anonymously with gangsters. But when both men discover the wrongdoings of the nefarious clan leader, they side with a band of rebels under siege at a remote mountain cabin. Based on the same source novel as Akira Kurosawa’s SANJURO, KILL! playfully tweaks samurai film convention, borrowing elements from established chanbara classics and seasoning them with a little Italian Western.

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