PATTY HEARST
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 108 min, UK/USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

Patricia Hearst was a 19-year-old newspaper fortune heiress when she was kidnapped by left-wing terrorists in 1974; in the months that followed, she transformed from frightened hostage to machine-gun toting revolutionary. Based on Hearst’s book, this stylish and riveting drama features Natasha Richardson in the title role and Ving Rhames, William Forsythe and Frances Fisher as her Symbionese Liberation Army cohorts.


ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA Extended Director's Cut
1984, Warner Bros., 251 min, Italy, USA, Dir: Sergio Leone

Childhood friends Robert De Niro and James Woods rise to power as New York gangsters during the glory years of Prohibition, only to lose their souls in the process. Leone’s final masterpiece features Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams, Tuesday Weld, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Danny Aiello and William Forsythe, as well as the film debut of Jennifer Connelly.


THE ROCK
1996, Buena Vista, 136 min, USA, Dir: Michael Bay

FBI chemical weapons specialist Nicolas Cage and ex-convict Sean Connery (the only man to successfully escape from Alcatraz, aka "The Rock"), are enlisted to break into the former prison when a disgruntled U.S. general (Ed Harris) goes over the edge, seizing the island with his elite commandos and threatening to attack San Francisco if his demands aren’t met. Bruckheimer’s first film after splitting with partner Don Simpson, THE ROCK is a mega-octane action machine, delivered with characteristic skill and humor by director Michael Bay and acted by a superb cast including Cage, Connery, David Morse, Michael Biehn and William Forsythe.


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