THE GREAT NORTHFIELD MINNESOTA RAID
1972, Universal, 91 min, USA, Dir: Philip Kaufman

Director Philip Kaufman’s gritty re-examination of the story of the Jesse James-Cole Younger gang and their disastrous assault on the town of Northfield, with Cliff Robertson and Robert Duvall heading an astonishing ensemble cast that includes Luke Askew, R.G. Armstrong, Matt Clark and Elisha Cook. A down-and-dirty Western refreshingly stripped of the usual reality-obscuring gloss.


ROLLERCOASTER
1977, Universal, 119 min, USA, Dir: James Goldstone

If you’ve ever heard rails creak beneath you on an amusement park ride, you can appreciate the potential for disaster on a rollercoaster; throw a mad bomber into the mix and the excitement is non-stop! One of two features penned by prolific TV writer-producers Richard Levinson and William Link, ROLLERCOASTER stars George Segal as a chain-smoking ride inspector who goes up against psychopathic extortionist Timothy Bottoms. Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark lend support in this underrated suspense thriller, which includes the big-screen debuts of Helen Hunt and Steve Guttenberg, as well as a performance by cult rockers Sparks.


SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE
1972, Universal, 104 min, USA, Dir: George Roy Hill

Director George Roy Hill and screenwriter Stephen Geller (TV’s "Mission: Impossible") adapt Kurt Vonnegut’s sardonic exploration of the timeless madness of human existence, from wartime atrocity to middle-class mediocrity to interplanetary euphoria. Middle-aged optometrist Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) simultaneously exists in the past as a young POW in a German prison camp and in the far future as an elderly resident in a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore (where he is memorably pampered by Valerie Perrine as the libidinous starlet Montana Wildhack).


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