The Twilight Time September releases...
Intelligently directed by Sidney Pollack (The Way We Were), Bobby Deerfield (1977) is a romantic melodrama starring the beautiful young Al Pacino as an American driver on the European racing circuit who falls in love with an impulsive eccentric (Marthe Keller). Their love affair takes on added depth when she challenges his sullen introversion – and when he discovers her tragic secret. Highlighted by Henri Decaë’s dreamy cinematography and a lovely score from the great Dave Grusin, available here as an isolated track.
Based on Ken Follett’s best-seller, Eye Of The Needle (1981) is a moody thriller set during the waning days of World War II and focusing on a ruthless Nazi spy (Donald Sutherland) operating covertly in England. Discovering vital information about the upcoming D-Day invasion, he plots a return to Germany, only to be stranded on an island off the coast of Scotland; there, his icy resolve is disturbed by an unexpected relationship with a woman (Kate Nelligan) living in isolation with her bitter disabled husband (Christopher Cazenove). Directed by Richard Marquand (Return of the Jedi), and featuring a superlative score by the legendary Miklós Rózsa, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.
Writer-director Frank D. Gilroy (The Subject Was Roses) gives us, in From Noon Till Three (1976), an atypical Charles Bronson Western that’s also a clever meditation on myth versus reality. Bronson plays a reluctant desperado whose three-hour tryst with a lovely widow (Jill Ireland) is turned into the stuff of legend when he is mistakenly reported dead. Gorgeously shot by Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch), and highlighted by a superb Elmer Bernstein score, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.
The sixth collaboration between legendary star Charles Bronson and director J. Lee Thompson, Murphy’s Law (1986) features Bronson as a hardboiled LAPD cop framed for murder by Joan Freeman (Carrie Snodgress), a vicious ex-con he originally put in prison. Going on the run – handcuffed to a foul-mouthed petty thief (Kathleen Wilhoite) – he attempts to track down Freeman even as she keeps killing his associates. The music is by Valentine McCallum and Marc Donahue.
9 to 5 (1980), written by Patricia Resnick and director Colin Higgins, and with music by Charles Fox, is an of-the-moment social comedy with enduring ramifications, focusing on the trials and tribulations of three working women, fabulously played by Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton (making her extraordinary movie debut). Suffering under the world’s worst – and most sexist – boss (Dabney Coleman), the trio live out their madcap fantasies of revenge and ultimate triumph, proving themselves magnificently in the process.
Fred Ward (The Right Stuff) stars in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins… (1985) as the titular hero, a New York City cop shanghaied and given a new face and identity as an international secret agent. Trained by a meticulous martial arts expert (played by a nearly unrecognizable but amusing Joel Grey), he is sent to battle an evil arms manufacturer (Charles Cioffi). A kind of down-market spoof of the James Bond films, it’s directed by Bond veteran Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever) and features a score by Craig Safan, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track, plus an array of new Special Features produced by Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures.
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