HEAVEN’S GATE
1980, Park Circus, 219 min, USA, Dir: Michael Cimino

After his Academy Award-winning triumph with THE DEER HUNTER, Director Michael Cimino broadened and deepened his epic vision of America with this elegiac Western. Kris Kristofferson is a sheriff caught in the middle of mounting tensions between affluent landowners and newly arrived homesteaders in 1890s Wyoming; complicating matters is a burgeoning love triangle among Kristofferson, his paramour Ella (Isabelle Huppert) and hired gun Christopher Walken. In Cimino's hands the personal, political and historical intersect to powerful effect, with a majesty more apparent than ever in this stunning new restoration personally supervised by the director.


MAN ON FIRE
2004, 20th Century Fox, 146 min, USA, Dir: Tony Scott

Denzel Washington stars as Creasy, an ex-CIA op brought to Mexico City to bodyguard his friend’s daughter, 9-year-old Pita Ramos (Dakota Fanning). As hard-edged Creasy begins to warm to the precocious youngster, something terrible happens: Pita is abducted. Creasy swears vengeance on the kidnappers, and damn near burns down Mexico City to reveal the truth about her disappearance in Tony Scott’s kinetic, emotionally walloping thriller, one of five successful collaborations between the director and Washington. With Christopher Walken.


TRUE ROMANCE
1993, Morgan Creek, 120 min, USA, Dir: Tony Scott

Director Tony Scott and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino collaborate for a characteristically over-the-top, stylishly haywire crime romance, following the explosive marriage of comic store clerk Clarence (Christian Slater) and prostitute Alabama (Patricia Arquette), who inherit a suitcase of cocaine on their wedding day. When the couple tries to sell the drugs, a slew of Hollywood’s hardest and most flamboyant gangsters (including Christopher Walken, James Gandolfini and Gary Oldham) starts gunning for the star-crossed lovers. With an estimable and delightfully tweaked-out supporting cast headed by Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt and Samuel L. Jackson.


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