BREAKING AWAY
1979, 20th Century Fox, 101 min, USA, Dir: Peter Yates

Four teenagers (Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley) come of age in an Indiana university town where their status as "townies" creates numerous economic and emotional obstacles. Paul Dooley stands out in a uniformly excellent cast as the befuddled father of a young man who sees cycling as his way out of obscurity.


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.


BLUE THUNDER
1983, Sony Repertory, 109 min, USA, Dir: John Badham

Déjà vu 1983! The government has unleashed its newest weapon: a heavily armed helicopter that can spy on civilians from 1,000 feet and incinerate entire city blocks. The only ones who can stop Big Brother (in the form of Malcolm McDowell’s fascist cop) from using it against us are Vietnam vet-turned-police chopper pilot Roy Scheider and his tech-savvy partner, Daniel Stern. Director John Badham's paranoid actioner flies high with stunning cinematography by John Alonzo and dazzling dogfights over downtown L.A.


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