THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN
1964, Warner Bros., 128 min, USA, Dir: Charles Walters

This big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical earned Debbie Reynolds many critical accolades, including an Oscar nomination. When the charming, hard-working hillbilly Brown finds herself vaulted to high society after her husband (Harve Presnell, in his movie debut) strikes it rich, gaining the respect of her new peers proves to be a grand struggle. In the title role, Reynolds plays the legendary woman who, after rising from rags to riches, went on to famously survive the sinking of the Titanic. Includes the songs "I Ain’t Down Yet," "Belly Up to the Bar, Boys" and "He’s My Friend."


MILK
2008, Focus Features, 128 min, USA, Dir: Gus Van Sant

Director Gus Van Sant’s acclaimed biopic of one of America’s first openly gay public officials, Harvey Milk, brings both the man and his 1970s San Francisco milieu back to life. Sean Penn is perfectly cast as Milk, whose fearlessness in the face of prejudice brought him from a Castro St. camera shop to City Hall - where he was assassinated in 1978, along with Mayor George Moscone, by former Supervisor Dan White (superbly played by Josh Brolin). MILK was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two of them for Penn’s lead performance and Dustin Lance Black’s original screenplay. With James Franco and Emile Hirsch.


DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY
1993, Universal, 120 min, USA, Dir: Rob Cohen

Jason Scott Lee stars as martial arts superstar Bruce Lee, who emigrated to the U.S. and had his first big break being cast as Kato in the “Batman” and “Green Hornet” TV series of the 1960s. Rob Cohen’s kinetic biopic shows Lee wrestling with his inner demons even as he goes on to kick butt in action hits such as FISTS OF FURY and ENTER THE DRAGON, the latter made in same the year as the star’s untimely death at age 32.


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