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FAT CITY
1972, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

John Huston, his versatility truly liberated by an evolving New Hollywood cinema, directed this gritty, slice-of-life adaptation of Leonard Gardner’s novel about two boxers, one naïve neophyte (Jeff Bridges), and one on his way down (a brilliant Stacy Keach) with his perpetually drunken mate (the great Susan Tyrell). The faithful evocation of street life in northern California Stockton, its working class heroes and skid row flophouses, where dreams and hopes get crushed out like cigarette butts, is priceless.


HOOSIERS
1986, MGM Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: David Anspaugh

Gene Hackman is a high school basketball coach in 1950s Indiana whose methods - and his choice of the alcoholic Shooter (Dennis Hopper) as assistant coach - are second-guessed by nearly everyone in town. But his belief that teamwork is more important than star players eventually brings the school to the state championships. Based on actual events, HOOSIERS remains one of the most inspiring sports movies ever made. With Barbara Hershey.


THE COLOR OF MONEY
1986, Buena Vista Pictures, 119 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Paul Newman took home a long overdue Best Actor Oscar for reprising his role as pool shark Fast Eddie Felson in this follow-up to 1961’s THE HUSTLER. Here Fast Eddie returns to the game to show a talented younger player (Tom Cruise) how to work the tables for money, and - in a final match between teacher and student - how to sink the shots that really count. With Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Edited by Thelma Schoonmaker.


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