ON THIS DAY in 1971, police and the National Guard stormed Attica Prison in New York, in an attempt to end a revolt by prisoners. This incident was referenced in the 1975 Sidney Lumet film, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, starring Al Pacino.
Opened in movie theaters 42 years ago today:
SUMMER OF ’42 (Jennifer O’Neill, Gary Grimes; directed by Robert Mulligan)
Review: “Robert Mulligan’s “Summer of ’42” is a memory movie, written, directed and acted with such uncommon good humor that I don’t think you’ll be put off by its sweet soft-focus, at least until you start analyzing it afterwards. It is, perhaps, just a little too perfect, a little too symmetrical; not the way things really were, but the way they should have been (and the way they always are in recollections of tea and sympathy).” —New York Times
Quote: “We were different then. Kids were different. It took us longer to understand the things we felt. Life is made up of small comings and goings. And for everything we take with us, there is something that we leave behind.” —narration
Recognition: Oscar winner for Best Score, plus three nominations
PREMIERED 42 years ago today:
VANISHING POINT (Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger; directed by Richard C. Sarafian)
“Takes full advantage of the subject’s existential and mythical undertones without being pretentious, and you certainly get a run for your money, along with a lot of rock music.” —Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Quote: “This radio station was named Kowalski, in honour of the last American hero to whom speed means freedom of the soul. The question is not when’s he gonna stop, but who is gonna stop him.” —Super Soul (Cleavon Little), paying tribute to Kowalski (Barry Newman).
(poster via movieposter.com)