THE STALKING MOON
1968, Warner Brothers, 109 min, Dir: Robert Mulligan

Gregory Peck reunites with his TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD director Robert Mulligan for this highly underrated Western thriller. U.S. Army soldiers encounter a group of Indians that includes a white woman and her half-Indian son; the woman (Eva Marie Saint) is desperate for cavalry scout Sam Varner (Gregory Peck) to take her and the child to Varner’s New Mexico ranch. The reason for her concern is soon clear – the boy’s father is a fearsome warrior who will stop at nothing to take him back.


BABY, THE RAIN MUST FALL
1965, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA, Dir: Robert Mulligan

The TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD team of director Robert Mulligan, producer Alan Pakula and writer Horton Foote reunite for this underrated drama set in rural Texas. In a role that plays as if it hit close to home, Steve McQueen is a troubled singer (whose band includes Glen Campbell) recently released from prison. If only for their daughter’s sake, wife Lee Remick hopes to keep him on the straight and narrow - but deputy sheriff Don Murray is there just in case she can’t.


KLUTE
1971, Warner Bros, 114 min, USA, Dir: Alan J. Pakula

John Klute (Donald Sutherland), a small-town detective visiting the Big Apple on a missing-persons case, finds a possible lead when he meets call girl Bree Daniel (Jane Fonda, who won the 1972 Best Actress Oscar for her performance). What begins as an antagonistic relationship between a square family man and a city-dwelling, emotionally closed-off woman slowly becomes a genuine love affair. Bree’s inability to feel warmth is challenged by Klute’s quiet dignity and desire to understand her, and their attachment is intensified by an unknown stalker dogging Bree’s trail. An expert melding of character study and suspense thriller, and the first of several collaborations between director Alan J. Pakula and cinematographer Gordon Willis.


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