THE FORTUNE
1975, Sony Repertory, 88 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

Sexier than the Marx Bros., handsomer than Laurel and Hardy but not as smart as the Three Stooges, hapless 1920s con men Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson see big money in the person of sanitary-napkin heiress Stockard Channing, and they’re willing to stoop to marriage and murder to get it. With its offbeat characters and occasionally dark tone, this underrated gem is a favorite of Joel and Ethan Coen. “Manically scatterbrained … farce of a rare order.” - Vincent Canby, The New York Times.


A SAFE PLACE
1971, Sony Pictures Repertory, 89 min, USA, Dir: Henry Jaglom

In Henry Jaglom’s directorial debut, Tuesday Weld is superb as a troubled flower child in New York City being pulled between two very different men (played by Jack Nicholson and the Firesign Theatre’s Phil Proctor) and seeking refuge in soothing memories (like that of magician Orson Welles).


THE LAST DETAIL
1973, Sony Repertory, 104 min, USA, Dir: Hal Ashby

A pair of U.S. Navy petty officers (Jack Nicholson and Otis Young) are assigned to escort a young sailor (Randy Quaid) to prison to serve an eight-year sentence. Taking pity on the young man, they decide to make his last days of freedom memorable ones. Robert Towne’s superb (and profanity-laden) screenplay and the outstanding performances of Nicholson and newcomer Quaid all earned Oscar nominations.


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