KING KONG (1976)
1976, Paramount, 134 min, Dir: John Guillermin

Oil executive Charles Grodin and paleontologist Jeff Bridges set sail for a previously unexplored island, where they discover a gigantic ape; Jessica Lange (in her feature debut) is the beauty who charms the beast. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, this hit remake takes a lighter tone than the original, and Rick Baker and Carlo Rambaldi’s work bringing Kong to life earned the film a visual effects Oscar. “The moviemaking team has come up with a pop classic that can stand in our affections right next to the original version.” - Pauline Kael, The New Yorker.


HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1978)
2016, Paramount, 101 min, USA, Dir: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry

When quarterback Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty) is mistakenly taken to heaven before his time, the powers-that-be send him back to Earth in the body of an eccentric millionaire. Julie Christie, Jack Warden and Charles Grodin co-star in this sweet and hilarious comedy that earned nine Academy Award nominations, including four for Beatty as writer, director, producer and actor.


MIDNIGHT RUN
1988, Universal, 126 min, USA, Dir: Martin Brest

This superb action comedy teams bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) and former Mafia accountant Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas (Charles Grodin) on a madcap, cross-country road trip. Exchanging insults, fighting off feds and thugs alike, Grodin and De Niro's chemistry is unmatched. Director Brest keeps the anarchic humor and hilariously foul-mouthed dialogue coming at a lightning pace. Memorable support from the hysterically profane Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano, John Ashton and a sunglasses-wearing Yaphet Kotto.


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