TOP SECRET!
1984, Paramount, 90 min, USA, Dir: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Val Kilmer stars as an American rock star who gets sucked into the world of European espionage in the Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker team’s follow-up to their smash hit AIRPLANE! Taking shots at everything from Elvis movies to WWII action epics, this parody has more laughs per minute than just about any other film of the 1980s. With Omar Sharif as Agent Cedric.


THE NIGHT OF THE GENERALS
1967, Sony Repertory, 148 min, UK/France, Dir: Anatole Litvak

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA costars Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif (and composer Maurice Jarre) reunite for this underrated mix of WWII history and murder mystery. When a prostitute who had been working as a German agent in occupied Warsaw is killed, military intelligence investigator Major Grau (Sharif) focuses on three German officers (Donald Pleasence, Charles Gray and O’Toole) as suspects while wartime intrigue swirls about. With Tom Courtenay, Philippe Noiret and Christopher Plummer.


DEAD POETS SOCIETY
1989, Walt Disney Pictures, 128 min, USA, Dir: Peter Weir

“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” When a new student (Ethan Hawke) arrives at an exclusive East Coast prep school in 1959, he and his roommate (Robert Sean Leonard) are encouraged to think for themselves by new English teacher John Keating (Robin Williams), whose unusual approach runs afoul of the school’s headmaster (Norman Lloyd). This superbly crafted coming-of-age drama earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Director and Williams’ performance, and a win for Tom Schulman’s original screenplay.


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