LETHAL WEAPON
1987, Warner Bros., 110 min, USA, Dir: Richard Donner

Two mismatched LAPD detectives - on-the-edge Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and 50-year-old family man Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) – are assigned to investigate a death that leads them to a heroin smuggling ring. The quintessential buddy-cop film, LETHAL WEAPON launched a hugely successful franchise, kick-starting Shane Black’s career as an action screenwriter and giving Gary Busey one of his juiciest roles as menacing heavy Joshua.


THE OMEN
1976, 20th Century Fox, 111 min, USA, Dir: Richard Donner

Director Richard Donner's breakthrough film was the best of the inevitable demonic possession thrillers that flooded theaters in the wake of THE EXORCIST's success. A riveting blend of studio respectability (with a classy cast that includes Gregory Peck and Lee Remick) and exploitation gusto (in the form of some of the most creative death scenes this side of Argento), this story of a couple's discovery that their cute little boy is the Antichrist still has the power to shock. An escapist roller-coaster ride with a very dark edge, this is one of the most unabashedly entertaining films of the 1970s. Award-winning cinematography by Gilbert Taylor (STAR WARS) and an Oscar-winning score by Jerry Goldsmith. Also features David Warner and “Dr. Who's” Patrick Troughton.


SUPERMAN
1978, Warner Bros., 143 min, USA, Dir: Richard Donner

The film that set the standard for all big-screen comic-book adaptations, before or since. Virtual unknown Christopher Reeve is brilliantly cast as the heroic Man of Steel and his bumbling counterpart Clark Kent, with terrific support from Margot Kidder as Lois Lane and Gene Hackman as Superman’s arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor.


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