GOOD MORNING VIETNAM
1987, Walt Disney Pictures, 121 min, USA, Dir: Barry Levinson

Delivering dialogue that was frequently improvised, Robin Williams earned his first Oscar nomination as Armed Forces Radio Service DJ Adrian Cronauer, whose freewheeling mix of hits of the day and rapid-fire commentary ruffled military feathers in Saigon during the Vietnam War. Given the setting, there’s drama as well as comedy, plus lots of great music; the film’s platinum-selling soundtrack put Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” back on the charts. Costarring Forest Whitaker and Bruno Kirby.


WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM
1980, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Art Linson

Bill Murray turns in a transformative performance as Hunter S. Thompson in this one-of-a-kind biopic that draws from several of Thompson’s writings to tell the story of his outrageous friendship with lawyer and activist Oscar Zeta Acosta (called Carl Lazlo in the film and played by Peter Boyle). With music by Neil Young.


CITY SLICKERS
1991, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: Ron Underwood

In this amiable hit comedy, Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal) and his friends Phil (Daniel Stern) and Ed (Bruno Kirby) sign on for a two-week cattle drive to add a little adventure to their humdrum urban lives. On the trail, they meet veteran cowhand Curly (Jack Palance), who, despite his intimidating persona, teaches these “city slickers” the insights and courage they need to get their herd of cattle to its destination (and to resolve the issues each is having at home). Palance won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this performance.


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