1955, Kino Lorber, 105 min, France, Dir: Henri Decoin

Fresh from his success in TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI, Jean Gabin plays a more mysterious character in director Henri Decoin’s adaptation of a novel by Auguste Le Breton (RIFIFI). Is he hard at work trying to streamline the Paris drug trade for his longtime boss (Marcel Dalio) or is he really in cahoots with the police? Featuring a dream cast of French noir specialists (Lino Ventura, Magali Noel, Lila Kedrova, Albert Rémy).

1976, Paramount, 96 min, USA, Dir: Daniel Petrie

California lifeguard Rick Carlson (Sam Elliott) has managed to live life on his own terms, avoiding adult responsibility in favor of endless summers, peaceful winters and beautiful girls. But as his 15-year class reunion approaches, Rick is finally forced to ask himself what he really wants out of life and where he wants to go. Elliott’s restrained, beautiful star-making performance receives strong support from an exceptional cast that includes Anne Archer, Parker Stevenson and Kathleen Quinlan.

1985, Universal, 127 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Disfigured teen Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) fights against his disease and society’s prejudices with the help of an unconventional but loving biker mom (Cher) and her boyfriend (Sam Elliott). Peter Bogdanovich directs this true story with sensitivity and intelligence, creating that rare film that is heartwarming and inspirational without being phony in its sentiment.

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