THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!
1966, Park Circus/MGM, 126 min, USA, Dir: Norman Jewison

Director Norman Jewison’s warm-hearted satire tracks the crew of a Russian sub (headed by a delightful Alan Arkin, Theodore Bikel and John Philip Law) who inadvertently scuttle their craft on the beach of Gloucester Island, sending the local inhabitants - all of them possessed of Cold War paranoia - into a tizzy. Carl Reiner and Eva Marie Saint head a phenomenal cast as the Whitakers, a couple who interact with the accidental invaders, with Brian Keith as the police chief, Jonathan Winters as his clueless deputy and Paul Ford as a pompous, retired military officer.


ARGO
2012, Warner Bros., 120 min, USA, Dir: Ben Affleck

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture! In November of 1979, Iranian militants stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking more than 50 hostages - but six Americans eluded capture by hiding in the Canadian embassy. The little-known mission to rescue them serves as the basis for this acclaimed thriller helmed by Ben Affleck, who also stars as CIA operative Tony Mendez. The improbable scheme used to smuggle the six out of Iran: disguise them as Canadian moviemakers, in the country scouting locations for a sci-fi film named "Argo." This story of unsung heroes earned Chris Terrio a nomination for best adapted screenplay and veteran actor Alan Arkin an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of movie producer Lester Siegel. The fantastic ensemble cast is rounded out by Bryan Cranston and John Goodman. Other nominations include William Goldenberg for best film editing, Alexandre Desplat for Best Original Score, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn for best sound Editing and John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia for Best Sound Mixing. ARGO won Best Picture Critics' Choice Movie Award as well as a Best Director prize for Affleck. “Argo takes first place on my best movie list because it is above all else a movie - pure, strong and sound." - Roger Ebert


WAIT UNTIL DARK
1967, Warner Bros., 108 min, USA, Dir: Terence Young

The original tagline perfectly captures the spine-tingling chill of Terence Young’s notorious thriller: “The blinds moving up and down… The squeaking shoes… And then the knife whistling past her ear.” Audrey Hepburn stars as Susy Hendrix, a blind woman terrorized by a duo of thugs and psychopathic mastermind Roat (Alan Arkin) as they search for a doll stuffed with heroin believed to be in her apartment. Hepburn received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her frighteningly believable performance.


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