WILLOW
1988, Criterion Pictures USA, 126 min, USA, Dir: Ron Howard

In the title role of this exciting fantasy-adventure, Warwick Davis plays the reluctant protector of an infant prophesied to destroy an evil queen; aiding him in his quest is itinerant swordsman Val Kilmer. Based on a story by George Lucas, WILLOW broke new ground with its ILM-designed morphing sequences, picking up Oscar nominations for both sound and visual effects. With Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh and Billy Barty.


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.


HEAT
1995, Warner Bros., 170 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

In Michael Mann’s searing L.A. crime epic, Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) hunts Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and his professional crew of thieves as they prepare for one last big “retirement” bank holdup. The thin blue line between crime and law proves as ambiguous as ever in this brilliant work of parallel storylines and character doubling. With Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman and a host of other ace supporting players.


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