Brian Dennehy

  • Michael Apted – Gorky Park (1983)

    1981-1990DramaMichael AptedThrillerUSA

    Gorky Park, in both the original novel by Martin Cruz Smith and the movie adaptation scripted by the legendary Dennis Potter (Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective), introduced one of the most intriguing fictional detectives of the last half century: Chief Investigator Arkady Renko of the Moscow police force in the former Soviet Union. Like all great detectives, Renko is committed to truth and justice, but he has to pursue them in a system that owes its very existence to secrecy, lies and concealment. This fundamental conflict runs through all of Renko’s cases, along with a conflict-ridden family history, including a famous general of a father who disapproved of his son’s choice to pursue a career in law enforcement.Read More »

  • Joseph Sargent – Day One (1989)

    1981-1990DramaHiroshima at 75Joseph SargentTVUSA

    The complicated relationship between physicist Leo Szilard, scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves. Assigned to oversee the project, Groves chooses Oppenheimer to build the historic bomb. However, when World War II inspires the government to use the weapon, Szilard reconsiders his opinions about atomic warfare.Read More »

  • John Flynn – Best Seller (1987)

    1981-1990DramaJohn FlynnThrillerUSA

    A hitman approaches a writer to help him create his next best seller, but the violent world he was a part of has other plans.Read More »

  • Al Waxman – The Diamond Fleece (1992)

    1991-2000Al WaxmanCanadaComedyCrime

    Jeweller Phillippe Golden purchases one of the largest diamonds ever from an auction. Diamond thief Rick Dunne is released from prison to consult in constructing safety precautions. However, Inspector Outlaw suspects that Rick may be up to his old wiles.Read More »

  • Peter Greenaway – The Belly of an Architect (1987)

    1981-1990ArchitectureArthousePeter GreenawayUnited Kingdom

    STOURLEY KRACKLITE (Brian Dennehy), the central figure in Peter Greenaway’s ”Belly of an Architect,” is at one point seen reflected in the central panel of a triptych mirror in his Rome apartment, wearing a blood-red robe and flanked by multiple Xerox copies of classically sculpted abdomens, copies he has made from photographs of Roman statuary. It’s a perfect moment, or at least the kind of perfect moment Mr. Greenaway favors: orderly, symmetrical and obscure, offering great compositional beauty but no compelling reason why its riddles require solution.Read More »

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