movieDate: september 20, 1973

(Note: our light posting lately is due to a family illness.) 


ON THIS DAY in 1973, at the Houston Astrodome, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in “The Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. This event was dramatized in the 2001 film, WHEN BILLIE BEAT BOBBY, starring Holly Hunter and Ron Silver.

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movieDate: august 22, 1962


ON THIS DAY in 1962, in Paris, Charles de Gaulle and his wife escaped an assassination attempt by an ultra-right terrorist organization. This event inspired the 1971 Frederick Forsyth novel and subsequent, 1973 Fred Zinnemann film, THE DAY OF THE JACKAL.

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at theaters: august 15, 1973


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ENTER THE DRAGON (Bruce Lee, John Saxon; directed by Robert Clouse)

Review: “The picture is expertly made and well-meshed; it moves like lightning and brims with color. It is also the most savagely murderous and numbing hand-hacker (not a gun in it) you will ever see anywhere.” —New York Times

Trivia: Jackie Chan appears as a guard during the underground lair battle scene and gets his neck snapped by Lee. wikipedia

Quote: “Never take your eyes off your opponent; even when you’re bowing.”

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at theaters: may 23, 1973


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PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID (James Coburn, Kris Kristoggerson, Bob Dylan, Slim Pickens, Jason Robards; directed by Sam Peckinpah)

Review: “Ambitious, erotic, peculiarly unrealized account of how Garrett hunts down his best friend Billy. An amazing cast.” Pauline Kael

Quote: “It’s a job. Comes an age in a man’s life when he don’t wanna spend time figuring what comes next.” —Pat Garrett (James Coburn)

Trivia: The screenplay of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid was written by Rudy Wurlitzer and was originally intended to be directed by Monte Hellman. The two had previously worked together on the acclaimed film Two-Lane Blacktop (1971). Sam Peckinpah became involved through the actor James Coburn, who wanted to play the legendary sheriff Pat Garrett. —wikipedia

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at theaters: may 18, 1973


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THE DAY OF THE JACKAL (Edward Fox; directed by Fred Zinnemann)

Review: “Zinnemann’s tale of an extremist faction’s plot to kill the celebrated French leader and the authorities’ efforts to capture the mercenary assassin hired for the job achieves a dignified tone and compelling pace seldom seen in latter-day thrillers.” BBC

Quote: “You have to employ a professional. Your organization is so riddled with informers that nothing you decide is a secret for long. No, the job would have to be done by an outsider. The only question would be by whom, and for how much.” —the Jackal (Edward Fox)

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at theaters: march 27, 1973


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SISTERS (Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning; directed by Brian DePalma)

Review: Brian De Palma’s “Sisters” was made more or less consciously as an homage to Alfred Hitchcock, but it has a life of its own and it’s a neat little mystery picture.” —Roger Ebert

Trivia: Jennifer Salt and her real-life mother Mary Davenport portray mother and daughter on screen. (source: