In Cold Blood

This 1967 film was nominated for four Oscars. Two of the nominations were for Richard Brooks for Best Director and Best Screenplay Based on Another Medium. He lost the director award to Mike Nichols for The Graduate and the screenplay award to Stirling Silliphant for In the Heat of the Night. Also nominated was Conrad […]

Jeremiah Johnson

There is much confusion and many conflicting stories about the true life of Johnson. Some reports say he was born in New Jersey and his last name was Garrison. How his last name became Johnston or Johnson is unclear and the sources vary in their explanations. People seem to agree that he died in a […]

Logan’s Run

This 1976 movie is based on the novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. It was an extraordinary film for its time due to the fine acting and visual effects. Jerry Goldsmith wrote the musical score. The story takes place in the 23rd century and the year is 2274. Known society lives in […]

The Lords of Discipline

The movie is based on a novel by Pat Conroy who attended The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Starring are David Keith as Will McClean, Robert Prosky as Colonel Berrineau (Bear) and Michael Bien as Alexander. Other performers include G. D. Spradlin as General Durrell and Judge Reinhold as Macabbee. The story takes place in […]

The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident is less of a western and more of a study of herd mentality and mob rule, bordering on anarchy, in a western setting. This 1943 film was adapted from the 1940 novel of the same name written by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. The book itself was based on a true story. The […]

Patton

George S. Patton was born on November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California. He graduated from West Point in 1909. Patton had a large military library and was particularly interested in the cavalry during the Civil War period. He was also a student of historical battles and wars. Battle experiences during World War I caused […]

Platoon

Writer and director Oliver Stone created this 1986 Academy Award winner for best picture based on his own experiences in Viet Nam. It is probably his best directing job although some people may argue for Salvador, JFK, or Born on the Fourth of July. Tom Beringer, who plays the experienced Sergeant Barnes, was nominated in […]

Seven Days in May

This 1964 drama was based on the novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II. The screenplay was written by Rod Serling. Burt Lancaster plays General James Mattoon Scott, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Kirk Douglas plays Marine Colonel Martin “Jiggs” Casey. Nothing needs to be said about the performances of […]