movieDate: september 18, 1975

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

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ON THIS DAY in 1975, Patty Hearst, granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, was arrested by the FBI. This event was dramatized in the 1979 film, THE ORDEAL OF PATTY HEARST, starring Lisa Eilbacher and Dennis Weaver.

movieDate: september 13, 1971

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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.

>Where’s it playing?

at theaters: august 14, 1975

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Opened in movie theaters 38 years ago today:

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry; directed by Jim Sharman)

Review: “As for the movie itself, it’s no better than it ever was. Viewed on video simply as a movie, without the midnight sideshow, it’s cheerful and silly, and kind of sweet, and forgettable.” —Roger Ebert

Trivia: The film is considered to be the longest-running release in film history. It has never been pulled by 20th Century Fox from its original 1975 release, and it continues to play in cinemas. wikipedia

Quote: “Give yourself over to absolute pleasure.”

> Where’s it playing?

at theaters: june 10, 1975

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Opened in movie theaters 38 years ago today:

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LOVE AND DEATH (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton; directed by Woody Allen)

Quote: “And so I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Actually, make that “I run through the valley of the shadow of death” – in order to get OUT of the valley of the shadow of death more quickly, you see.” —Boris (Woody Allen)

Review: “Love and Death is Woody’s “War and Peace,” written in English by Woody Allen, which may or may not be a nom de plume for the late Constance Garnett, and filmed on locations where it all did not happen, in Hungary and France. It’s Woody’s homage to Tolstoy, Kierkegaard, Eisenstein, Groucho Marx, Bob Hope and maybe even Robert Z. Leonard. It looks terrific. You might say that it looks like a million, except that is probably a million or so less than it cost.” —Vincent Canby

Trivia: Allen shot the film outside of the United States, in France and Hungary, and the problems he encountered – bad weather, multi-lingual crews and extras who had difficulty communicating with each other and Allen, spoiled negatives, food poisoning and physical injuries – made him swear never to do so again, although he did in fact for Everyone Says I Love You in 1996. —wikipedia

>Where’s it playing?

at theaters: may 10, 1975

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Opened in movie theaters 38 years ago today:

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MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones)

Review: “The gags are nonstop, occasionally inspired and should not be divulged, though it’s not giving away too much to say that I particularly liked a sequence in which the knights, to gain access to an enemy castle, come up with the idea of building a Trojan rabbit. When Arthur calls retreat, he simply yells: “Run away!” And the morale of Sir Robin, the least successful of the Round Table knights, isn’t helped by a retinue of minstrels who insist on singing about his most embarrassing defeats.” —The New York Times, 1975

Quote: “No, now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!”

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at theaters: march 11, 1975

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Opened in movie theaters 38 years ago today:

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ROBIN AND MARIAN (Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Richard Harris; directed by Richard Lester)

Review: “No matter what the director and the writer may think, Connery and Hepburn seem to have arrived at a tacit understanding between themselves about their characters. They glow. They really do seem in love. And they project as
marvelously complex, fond, tender people; the passage of 20 years has given them grace and wisdom.”
 —Roger Ebert

Quote: “It’s so beautiful, this place, the woods just now, full of noises… everything so alive. I kept thinking of all the death I’ve seen. I’ve hardly lost a battle, and I don’t know what I’ve won. ‘The day is ours, Robin,’ you used to say… and then it was tomorrow. But where did the day go?” —Sean Connery as Robin Hood, speaking to Maid Marian (Audrey Hepburn)

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