Tag Archives: Alan Arkin

Mike Nichols – Catch-22 (1970)

Plot Outline: A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions.

Plot Synopsis: A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way cope with a crazy situation. Catch-22 is a parody of a “military mentality” and of a bureaucratic society in general. Read More »

Arthur Hiller – The In-Laws (1979)

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Peter Falk and Alan Arkin make for a hilarious dream team in this beloved American sidesplitter. Directed by Arthur Hiller from an ingenious script by Andrew Bergman, The In-Laws may at first seem like a generic meet-the-parents comedy, as Arkin’s mild-mannered dentist suspiciously eyes Falk’s volatile mystery man, whose son is engaged to his daughter. But soon, through a series of events too serpentine and surprising to spoil, the two men are brought together by a dangerous mission that takes them from suburban New Jersey to Honduras. Fueled by elaborate stunt work and the laconic, naturalistic charms of its two stars, The In-Laws deserves its status as a madcap classic—and has continued to draw ardent fans in the years since its release. Read More »

Alan Arkin – Little Murders (1971)

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Pitch black comedy about a young nihilistic New Yorker coping with pervasive urban violence, obscene phone calls, rusty water pipes, electrical blackouts, paranoia and ethnic-racial conflict during a typical summer of the 1970s. Read More »

Richard Rush – Freebie and the Bean (1974)

Museum of the Moving Images writes:
Taking full advantage of Caan’s versatile ability to play both a strapping intimidator and limber comedian, Freebie and the Bean is an early entry in the buddy comedy genre that partners him with Alan Arkin as squabbling San Francisco police detectives. While ostensibly in pursuit of mob boss Red Meyers (Kruschen), the real action takes place between the mismatched Freebie Waters (Caan) and Benito Vazquez (Arkin), who leave the city cowering in fear of their technically friendly fire and careering, crashing cars. Directed by Richard Rush (The Stuntman) and shot by László Kovács (Easy Rider, Close Encounters of the Third Kind), is full on, unbridled entertainment, riddled with hyperbolic chase sequences and viciously hilarious repartee. Read More »

Jack Gold – Escape from Sobibor (1987)

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Heavily based on the novel by Richard Rashke, Escape From Sobibor tells the
inspirational true story of the only successful mass-escape from a Nazi concentration.

In 1942 Operation Reinhard, the final solution to the Jewish question was put into operation. Three death camps were built in Eastern Poland, near the Russian border, at Treblinka, Belzec, and Sobibor. Sobibor opened in March 1942. Initially, three gas chambers housed in a brick building used carbon monoxide to kill Jewish prisoners, with three more gas chambers added later. Read More »

Vernon Zimmerman – Deadhead Miles (1972)

Written by Terrence Malick, Deadhead Miles was hailed when its screenplay was first picked up by Paramount; one of its producers declared that “this script is so good that when Deadhead Miles is released Malick will be the most sought after young writer in the country.” The final film, directed by Vernon Zimmerman in his feature debut, did not live up to these expectations, and was shelved by Paramount until they began screening it infrequently after Badlands. It is also said that Malick is displeased with the outcome, and he has since chosen to direct his own screenplays. Read More »

Terence Young – Wait Until Dark (1967) (HD)

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Susy was recently blinded and recently married. Susy’s husband, Sam, is asked to hold a doll for a woman he doesn’t know as they get off an airplane. The woman disappears. Later, she’s found dead by her former associates, Mike and Carlino, small-time hoods, in Susy’s basement apartment. (Both occupants of the apartment are then absent.) The doll woman’s newer partner in crime, Harry Rote, who murdered her for self-dealing, presses Mike and Carlino into a scheme to recover the doll, which contains a fortune in smuggled heroin. Read More »