Tag Archives: James Garner

John Sturges – The Great Escape (1963)

Summary:
Based on a true story by Paul Brickhill, this epic adventure about a mass escape planned by Allied officers being kept in an elite German P.O.W. camp, especially designed to prevent it, is a great World War II movie spectacle. John Sturges directed the film whose screenplay was in part written by James Clavell. The all star cast makes every storyline interesting and includes: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, and David McCallum among others. Though it’s only Oscar recognition was a nomination for Editing, its score is also memorable. #19 on AFI’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies list. Read More »

John Frankenheimer – Grand Prix (1966)

Synopsis:
The most daring drivers in the world have gathered to compete for the 1966 Formula One championship. After a spectacular wreck in the first of a series of races, American wheelman Pete Aron (James Garner) is dropped by his sponsor. Refusing to quit, he joins a Japanese racing team. While juggling his career with a torrid love affair involving an ex-teammate’s wife, Pete must also contend with Jean-Pierre Sarti (Yves Montand), a French contestant who has previously won two world titles. Read More »

Norman Jewison – The Thrill of It All (1963)

Synopsis:
Successful OB-GYN Gerald Boyer (James Garner) and his wife, Beverly (Doris Day), are happily married with two children. At a dinner gathering, Beverly discusses her favorite soap, Happy Soap, and how much she enjoys it. When Beverly is introduced to the company’s owner, she is immediately offered a contract as the product’s spokeswoman for TV commercials. However, Gerald has a hard time adjusting to his wife’s newfound fame, and plots to foil Beverly’s career in order to keep her at home. Read More »