Wednesday, April 27, 2016
the A To Z Challenge
...Horst Bucholtz starred with James Cagney (One, Two, Three...) and James Cagney starred in
1. WHITE HEAT-1949-CRIME THRILLER
DIRECTOR: Raoul Walsh
STARS: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly, Steve Cochran
PLOT: Cop goes undercover to infiltrate a gang run by a psycho crazy nutbar mommy's boy.
QUOTE: Made it Ma. Top of the world!
OSCAR NOMS: Best Writing
OSCAR WINS: Nil
LOVE: The stellar acting!
FAVOURITE SCENE: When Cody, who is in prison, hears what happened to his beloved Ma.
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Cody Jarrett (James Cagney)
TIDBITS: Squibs (they are the tiny explosives to simulate bullets hitting something) were not invented yet so marksmen were used (Crazy eh?). One bullet missed Cagney by mere inches!
SIX DEGREES (MORE OR LESS) OF SEPARATION: James Cagney starred with Bob Hope(The Seven Little Foys). Bob Hope starred with Katherine Hepburn( Iron Petticoat) who starred with Anthony Hopkins (Lion In Winter) who starred with Cuba Gooding Jnr (Instinct). Cuba Gooding starred in...
2. WHAT DREAMS MAY COME-1998-FANTASY DRAMA
DIRECTOR: Vincent Ward
STARS: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Max Von Sydow, Annabella Sciorra
PLOT: A married doctor, who lost 2 children in a car accident, also dies in a car accident and ends up in heaven. He was the main support for his wife and now he must travel through Heaven and Hell to save her.
QUOTE: What some folks call impossible, is just stuff they haven't seen before.
OSCAR NOMS: Best Art Direction
OSCAR WINS: Best Visual Effects
LOVE: The Art Direction. The painting of this film is masterful
FAVOURITE SCENE: When Chris Nielsen arrives in heaven _I hope this is how Robin Williams sees it.
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Chris Nielsen (Robin Williams)
TIDBITS: in 2008, there was a fire at Universal studios back lot which destroyed the original print of this film. They found another in Europe (as per norm)
SIX DEGREES (MORE OR LESS) OF SEPARATION: Robin Williams starred with Sally Field (Mrs. Doubtfire) and she starred with Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit). Burt Reynolds starred with Eddie Albert (The Longest Yard) and Eddie Albert Starred with.....oh..the dreaded X is next:)