Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
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Sony Pictures Repertory,
Dir: Henry Jaglom
In Henry Jaglom’s directorial debut, Tuesday Weld is superb as a troubled flower child in New York City being pulled between two very different men (played by Jack Nicholson and the Firesign Theatre’s Phil Proctor) and seeking refuge in soothing memories (like that of magician Orson Welles).
Dir: Hal Ashby
A pair of U.S. Navy petty officers (Jack Nicholson and Otis Young) are assigned to escort a young sailor (Randy Quaid) to prison to serve an eight-year sentence. Taking pity on the young man, they decide to make his last days of freedom memorable ones. Robert Towne’s superb (and profanity-laden) screenplay and the outstanding performances of Nicholson and newcomer Quaid all earned Oscar nominations.
Dir: Bob Rafelson
Hard-hitting, brilliantly sarcastic drama of Bakersfield oil rig worker Jack Nicholson on the run from his former life as a concert pianist (!), with country waitress girlfriend (and Tammy Wynette fan) Karen Black in tow. Returning to visit his Washington island home after his father has a stroke, things come to a head when he seduces the fiancee (Susan Anspach) of his better-than-thou brother (Ralph Waite). One of the defining films of the New Hollywood, stunningly directed by Bob Rafelson and written by Carole Eastman (under the name Adrien Joyce). Co-starring the great Billy Green Bush as Nicholson’s hapless, redneck friend and Fannie Flagg as Bush’s loyal spouse. "…a masterpiece of heartbreaking intensity." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times