The protagonist and main character, Connie Wyatt, is played by Laura Dern. The antagonist, Arnold Friend, is played by Treat Williams, the film was produced by American Playhouse and Goldcrest Films, and originally released to movie theaters in 1985. The original music score was composed by Russ Kunkel and Bill Payne, the movie won the Grand Jury Prize in the Dramatic category at that years Sundance Festival. Connie Wyatt is a restless 15-year-old who is anxious to explore the pleasures of her sexual awakening, before she enters her sophomore year in high school, she spends the summer moping around her family farm house. She suffers from her mothers put-downs, while hearing nothing but praise for her older sister and her father somehow manages to float around the family tensions. She helps paint the cottage, just as her mother constantly demands her to, Connie passes the time cruising the local shopping mall with her friends and flirting with boys. When an actual date leads to heavy petting, she flees from his car, at a hamburger joint, an older man confides to her, Im watching you.
One afternoon, her mother and June warn Connie to be careful with her flirting, and she is left alone in the house, while her family goes to a barbecue. Later, as Connie is playing around the house, a man who calls himself Arnold Friend approaches her in a 1960s convertible with that name painted on it and identifies himself as A. Friend. He dresses and acts like James Dean, and name-drops several teenybopper acts, Arnold tells Connie about how he has been watching her and that he knows all about her, recounting the details about her familys barbecue plans with amazing accuracy. He starts talking about how he could be her lover, when she returns home, Connie is bewildered and disheveled, and tells Arnold that she never wants to see him again. It is left ambiguous whether or not he raped her, it is implied that she isnt the person we met at the beginning of the film. After her family home, her mother tearfully apologizes to her for slapping her earlier that day. At the end of the film, she doesnt tell June about what happened, Smooth Talk at the Internet Movie Database Smooth Talk at AllMovie Smooth Talk at Rotten Tomatoes
Robert Bernard Altman was an American film director and film producer. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in American cinema and his style of filmmaking was unique among directors, in that his subjects covered most genres, but with a subversive twist that typically relies on satire and humor to express his personal vision. Altman developed a reputation for being anti-Hollywood and non-conformist in both his themes and directing style, actors especially enjoyed working under his direction because he encouraged them to improvise, thereby inspiring their own creativity. He preferred large ensemble casts for his films, and developed a recording technique which produced overlapping dialogue from multiple actors. This produced a natural, more dynamic, and more complex experience for the viewer. He used highly mobile camera work and zoom lenses to enhance the activity taking place on the screen, critic Pauline Kael, writing about his directing style, said that Altman could make film fireworks out of next to nothing.
In 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized Altmans body of work with an Academy Honorary Award and he never won a competitive Oscar despite five nominations. His films MASH, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and Nashville have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Altman is one of the few filmmakers whose films have won the Golden Bear at Berlin, the Golden Lion at Venice, and the Golden Palm at Cannes. Altmans ancestry was German and Irish, his grandfather, Frank Altman. Altman had a Catholic upbringing, but he did not continue to follow or practice the religion as an adult, although he has referred to as a sort of Catholic. He was educated at Jesuit schools, including Rockhurst High School and he graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri in 1943. In 1943 Altman joined the United States Army Air Forces at the age of 18, during World War II, Altman flew more than 50 bombing missions as a crewman on a B-24 Liberator with the 307th Bomb Group in Borneo and the Dutch East Indies.
Upon his discharge in 1946, Altman moved to California and he worked in publicity for a company that had invented a tattooing machine to identify dogs. He entered filmmaking on a whim, selling a script to RKO for the 1948 picture Bodyguard, Altmans immediate success encouraged him to move to New York City, where he attempted to forge a career as a writer. Having enjoyed little success, in 1949 he returned to Kansas City, in February 2012, an early Calvin film directed by Altman, Modern Football, was found by filmmaker Gary Huggins. Altman directed some 65 industrial films and documentaries before being hired by a businessman in 1956 to write. The film, titled The Delinquents, made for $60,000, was purchased by United Artists for $150,000, while primitive, this teen exploitation film contained the foundations of Altmans work in its use of casual, naturalistic dialogue
David Keith Lynch is an American director, producer, painter and photographer. He has been described by The Guardian as the most important director of this era, allMovie called him the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking, while the success of his films has led to him being labelled the first popular Surrealist. He moved to Los Angeles, where he produced his first motion picture, Lynch embraced the Internet as a medium, producing several web-based shows, such as the animated DumbLand and the surreal sitcom Rabbits. Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director and a nomination for best screenplay. He has won Frances César Award for Best Foreign Film twice, as well as the Palme dOr at the Cannes Film Festival, the French government awarded him the Legion of Honor, the countrys top civilian honor, as a Chevalier in 2002 and an Officier in 2007. Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive are widely considered by critics to be among the greatest films of their respective decades, Lynch was born in Missoula, Montana on January 20,1946.
His father, Donald Walton Lynch, was a research scientist working for the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Lynchs maternal great-grandparents were Finnish, and had immigrated to the United States from Finland in the 19th century. The Lynch family often moved around according to where the USDA assigned Donald and it was here that Lynchs sister Martha was born. The family moved to Durham, North Carolina, Idaho, Lynch found this transitory early life relatively easy to adjust to, noting that he found it fairly easy to meet new friends whenever he started attending a new school. Commenting on much of his life, Lynch has remarked, Alongside his schooling, Lynch joined the Boy Scouts, although he would note that he only became so I could quit. He rose to the highest rank of Eagle Scout and it was through being an Eagle Scout that he was present with other Boy Scouts outside of the White House at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, which took place on Lynchs birthday in 1961. They had some hopes that in Europe they could train with the expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka at his school.
Upon reaching Salzburg, they found that he was not available and, Back in the United States, Lynch returned to Virginia, but since his parents had moved to Walnut Creek, California, he stayed with his friend Toby Keeler for a while. He decided to move to the city of Philadelphia and enroll at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, after advice from Jack Fisk and it was here that he began a relationship with a fellow student, Peggy Reavey, and they were married in 1967. The following year, Peggy gave birth to their daughter Jennifer, describing this situation, Peggy stated that definitely was a reluctant father, but a very loving one. Hey, I was pregnant when we got married, describing living there, Lynch stated that We lived cheap, but the city was full of fear. A kid was shot to death down the street and we were robbed twice, had windows shot out and a car stolen. The house was first broken into three days after we moved in
Drugstore Cowboy is a 1989 American crime drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, written by Van Sant and Daniel Yost, and is based on an autobiographical novel by James Fogle. The film stars Matt Dillon in the role, Kelly Lynch. It marked Van Sants second film as director, at the time the film was made, the source novel by Fogle was unpublished. It was published in 1990, by which time Fogle had been released from prison, like the characters in his story, was a long-time drug user and dealer. The film was a success and currently holds a rare 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Bob Hughes is the leader of a crew of drug addicts consisting of him, his best friend Rick, his wife Dianne, they travel across the U. S. Pacific Northwest in 1971, supporting their drug habits by robbing pharmacies, after successfully robbing a Portland pharmacy, they go straight home to use the drugs they just stole. During the process of getting high, a local low-life named David visits the group in search of hard-to-find dilaudid, Bob lies and says they have none, but offers to trade him morphine for speed instead.
David declines, but Bob talks him into trading anyways, after David leaves, the police bust down their door. The lead detective Gentry correctly assumes it was their group that had just committed the pharmacy robbery hes investigating, the police are unable to find the drugs because the group wisely buried them outside. However, in the process of searching, the police completely trash their house, the group move into an apartment. Bob plans to get back at the police by setting up an elaborate scheme, the scheme succeeds and one of the policemen is shot by a neighbor who thought the cop was a peeper thanks to Bobs scheme. The next day, Gentry assaults Bob outside his apartment, seeing the assault as a sign of a hex Rick and Nadine had previously brought upon the group by speaking about dogs, they leave their apartment to go road-tripping. One night on the road, they come across a drugstore with an open transom and they proceed to sneak in and rob the pharmacy. They are extremely pleased to find their haul includes vials of pure powdered dilaudid worth thousands of dollars each, using the logic when youre hot, youre hot, convinces his wife that he should finally rob the hospital hes always wanted to.
During the robbery, Bob is almost captured and the robbery is a complete failure, upon arriving back at the motel, the group discover that Nadine is dead from an overdose. She had overdosed by sneaking a bottle of dilaudid during their last score, to make matters worst, she had put the worst of all hexes on them by leaving a hat on the bed. After temporarily storing the body in the attic, they are alerted by the motel manager that their room was previously booked for a police convention
John Marcellus Huston was an American film director and actor. During his 46-year career, Huston received 15 Oscar nominations, won twice, Huston was known to direct with the vision of an artist, having studied and worked as a fine art painter in Paris in his early years. He continued to explore the aspects of his films throughout his career, sketching each scene on paper beforehand. Most of Hustons films were adaptations of important novels, often depicting a heroic quest, as in Moby Dick, or The Red Badge of Courage. In many films, different groups of people, while struggling toward a goal, would become doomed, forming destructive alliances, giving the films a dramatic. Many of his films involved themes such as religion, truth, psychology, Huston has been referred to as a titan, a rebel, and a renaissance man in the Hollywood film industry. Author Ian Freer describes him as cinemas Ernest Hemingway—a filmmaker who was never afraid to tackle tough issues head on, John Huston was born on August 5,1906, in Nevada, Missouri.
He was the child of Rhea and Canadian-born Walter Huston. His father was an actor, initially in vaudeville, and in films and his mother initially worked as a sports editor for various publications but gave it up after Huston was born. Similarly, his father gave up his acting career for steady employment as a civil engineer. He would become successful on both Broadway and in motion pictures. He had Scottish, Scots-Irish and Welsh ancestry, Hustons parents divorced in 1913, when he was 6, and as a result much of his childhood was spent living in boarding schools. During summer vacations, he traveled with each of his parents separately — with his father on vaudeville tours, the young Huston benefited greatly from seeing his father act on stage, as he was drawn to the world of acting. Some critics, such as Lawrence Grobel, surmise that his relationship with his mother may have been the cause of his five marriages, and why few of his relationships lasted. Grobel wrote, When I interviewed some of the women who had loved him, according to actress Olivia de Havilland, she was the central character.
I always felt that John was ridden by witches and he seemed pursued by something destructive. If it wasnt his mother, it was his idea of his mother, as a child he was often ill and was treated for an enlarged heart and kidney ailments. He recovered after an extended stay in Arizona, and moved with his mother to Los Angeles
Swimming to Cambodia
Swimming to Cambodia, known as Spalding Grays Swimming to Cambodia, is a 1987 American film written by and starring Spalding Gray, and directed by Jonathan Demme. The performance film is of Grays play and monologue, which centered on themes as his trip to Southeast Asia to create the role of the U. S. Ambassadors aide in the film The Killing Fields, the Cold War, Cambodia Year Zero, the film grossed slightly over $US1 million. Gray published his monologue in book form in 1985, over a period of two years, Gray originally developed Swimming to Cambodia as a theatre performance piece. The original running time of the performance was a total of four hours long, Gray won an Obie award for this work. In 2001, Gray revived Swimming to Cambodia, performing it on stage in Los Angeles, San Francisco, the opening shots of the film show Gray walking toward The Performing Garage in New York City. He goes in and, after walking past the audience, he takes a seat behind a table, on the table is a glass of water, a microphone, and a notebook, the latter brought by Gray.
Behind him are two pull-down maps, one is a map of Southeast Asia and the other is a diagram of the bombing of Cambodia, which Gray tells the viewers/audience was called Operation Breakfast. There is a projection screen showing a photograph of a beach. Gray performs a monologue in which he discusses his experiences filming a role in the movie The Killing Fields. He expounds on the recent history of Cambodia up through the rise to power of the Khmer Rouge, three scenes from The Killing Fields that feature Gray are shown at various points in the film. The soundtrack for film was composed and performed by Laurie Anderson. Gray returned the favor by providing the voice of a TV interviewer for her 1986 short film, no soundtrack album was released, Anderson reused music from the film for a series of Personal Service Announcements which she produced in 1989 to promote her album, Strange Angels. While Sam Waterston and Ira Wheeler are credited as cast in this film, factory announced plans for a DVD release of Swimming to Cambodia on May 28,2013
Rivers Edge is a 1986 American drama film directed by Tim Hunter, written by Neal Jimenez, and starring Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye Leitch, Daniel Roebuck, and Dennis Hopper. It was awarded Best Picture at the 1986 Independent Spirit Awards, the movie opens with a boy, Tim throwing a doll into the water from a bridge. He hears a yell, and sees Samson/John sitting on the shore, the boy pedals off, and Samson smokes a cigarette by the naked corpse of Jamie. Samson leaves in a daze, and Tim spots him at a convenience store, while Samson haggles with the clerk because he has no ID to purchase beer, Tim steals two beers and leaves them for Samson. Tim asks Samson for dope, and gets in Samsons car and they drive to Fecks place for marijuana, but hes not home. As Tim returns home, his brother Matt is arguing with his mother and his little sister Kim wants Matts help for a funeral for her lost doll, and we learn that the family is dysfunctional. Layne arrives to pick up Matt, and Tim asks to come along, Layne refuses, and Tim bicycles off, despite his mothers complaint.
Layne and Matt arrive at Fecks house, where Feck is playing saxophone for an inflatable doll, Layne gets marijuana from Feck, and Feck talks about the girl he had to kill. At school and Matt smoke pot with Clarissa, Samson/John arrives and takes them to see Jamies body. Matt is nervous and leaves, and Layne starts planning how to get alibis, mr. Burkewaite teaches his class about radicals, and Clarissa flirts with him. The murder story starts to spread, and Layne tries to borrow Mikes truck, Mike refuses, but is willing to drive. They see the body, and Layne tells them to bury her. No one is willing to help, including John, Clarissa is uncomfortable with the secret, but Layne threatens her. Shes too scared to call the police, and calls Matt and that night, Layne rolls Jamies body into the river. John buys him beer, but doesnt seem to care that Layne is trying to protect him, at Johns house, they see police cars. Layne panics, but John is calm and they go to Feck for help, and Layne leaves John with him.
Feck recognizes a kindred spirit, and they begin to talk, Matt brings detective Bennett to the place where the body was, and the cops fish her out of the river. Bennett grills Matt about the murder, Matts mother picks him up from the police station, and he gets in a fight with her boyfriend Jim
Down by Law (film)
Down by Law is a 1986 black-and-white independent film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni. The film centers on the arrest and escape from jail of three men and it discards jailbreak film conventions by focusing on the interaction between the convicts rather than on the mechanics of the escape. A key element in the film is Robby Müllers slow-moving camerawork, which captures the architecture of New Orleans, three men, previously unknown to each other, are arrested in New Orleans and placed in the same cell. Both Zack, a jockey, and Jack, a pimp, have been set up. Their cellmate Bob, an Italian tourist who understands minimal English, was imprisoned for manslaughter and Jack soon come to blows and thereafter avoid speaking to each other. Bob has an irrepressible need for conversation and he hatches a plan to escape, and before long the three are on the run through the swamp surrounding the prison. Hopelessly lost and with a hatred between Jack and Zack almost causing the party to split up, they are brought together by Bobs ability to provide food.
The trio eventually chance across a house in the forest, the residence of Nicoletta and Nicoletta instantly fall in love, and Bob decides to stay with her in the forest. Zack and Jack go their separate ways—an unspoken, begrudging friendship hanging between them as they part. C, the film stars musician Tom Waits, along with Jarmusch regulars John Lurie and Roberto Benigni. Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi, whose characters fall in love in the movie, the music for the film was written by Lurie, and the songs Jockey Full of Bourbon and Tango Till Theyre Sore from Waits Rain Dogs album are featured. Down by Law was entered into the 1986 Cannes Film Festival and it was dedicated to Pascale Ogier and Enzo Ungari. The film has a 90% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 29 reviews, a reviewer for The New York Times called it a fable of poetic density, with extraordinary performances by the three main actors
Robert Rob Reiner is an American actor, director and activist. As an actor, Reiner first came to prominence with the role of Michael Stivic on All in the Family. That role earned him two Emmy Awards during the 1970s and he directed the psychological horror-thriller Misery, the romantic comedy fantasy adventure The Princess Bride and the heavy metal mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. Reiner was born to a Jewish family in the Bronx, New York, and is the son of Estelle Reiner, an actress, and Carl Reiner, a renowned comedian, writer and director. As a child, Reiner lived at 48 Bonnie Meadow Road in New Rochelle, New York and he studied at the UCLA Film School. In the late 1960s, Reiner acted in bit roles in television shows including Batman, The Andy Griffith Show, Room 222, Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C. He began his writing for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1968 and 1969. The characters nickname became closely associated with him, even after he had left the role, Reiner has stated, I could win the Nobel Prize and theyd write Meathead wins the Nobel Prize.
For his performance, Reiner won two Emmy Awards in addition to three other nominations and five Golden Globe nominations, after an extended absence, Reiner has recently returned to television acting with a recurring role on New Girl. In 1972, Phil Mishkin, and Gerry Isenberg created the situation comedy The Super for ABC. Starring Richard S. Castellano, the show depicted the life of the harried Italian American superintendent of a New York City apartment building and Mishkin co-wrote the premiere episode. Beginning in the 1980s, Reiner became known as a director of several successful Hollywood films that many different genres. Several of these film remains popular with fans and critics. He often collaborates with film editor Robert Leighton, whom he shares with fellow director-actor Christopher Guest as their go-to editor. Reiner has gone on to other critically and commercially successful films with his own company. These include several iconic films such as the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, subsequent films directed by Reiner include the political romance The American President, the courtroom drama Ghosts of Mississippi, and the uplifting comedy The Bucket List.
He has parodied himself with cameos in such as Dickie Roberts. Reiner has devoted time and energy to liberal activism in recent years
Torch Song Trilogy (film)
Torch Song Trilogy is an American comedy-drama film adapted by Harvey Fierstein from his play of the same title. The film was directed by Paul Bogart and stars Fierstein as Arnold, Anne Bancroft as Ma Beckoff, Matthew Broderick as Alan, Brian Kerwin as Ed, executive Producer Ronald K. Fierstein is Harvey Fiersteins brother. Wanting to highlight the work of female impersonator Charles Pierce, Fierstein created the role of Bertha Venation specifically for him, Broderick originally refused the role of Alan because he was recuperating from an automobile accident in Ireland. Tate Donovan was cast, but two days into the rehearsal period Broderick had a change of heart and contacted Fierstein, who fired Donovan. Although the play was four hours, the film was restricted to a running time of two hours at the insistence of New Line Cinema, necessitating much editing and excisions. The time frame was regressed to begin several years earlier than when the play was set,1971, Arnold, a New York City female impersonator, meets Ed, a bisexual schoolteacher, and they fall in love.
Ed, however, is uncomfortable with his sexuality and he leaves Arnold for a girlfriend, 1973-79, During Christmas, Arnold meets the love of his life, a male model named Alan. They settle down together, spending a weekend with Ed and Laurel in the country, they apply to foster a child together with a view to adoption, and their application is eventually successful and so they move to a bigger apartment. However, on their first night at their new home, Alan is killed in a homophobic attack,1980, Months later, in the spring of 1980, Arnolds mother comes to visit from Florida, but her visit leads to a long-overdue confrontation. Arnolds mother disapproves of Arnolds homosexuality and his adoption of a gay teenage son, David. They have a series of arguments where Arnold demands that she him for who he is. The following morning, before she returns to Florida, they have a conversation where, for the first time, with both David and Ed in his life, and a successful new career creating his own stage revue, Arnolds life is finally complete.
The album charted on the charts of industry magazines Billboard. In actuality, Granz was unhappy with the money offered by the company, PolyGram Records, for the use of the song in the film. – Anita ODay Love for Sale – Harvey Fierstein Whats New, – Billie Holiday Torch Song Trilogy was released on VHS in 1989, and on DVD in May 2004. The DVD version contains a commentary track by actor and writer Harvey Fierstein. Torch Song Trilogy was generally received by critics, with reviews from Variety, Time Out, Roger Ebert. It holds a 71% score on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews, Janet Maslin from The New York Times wrote “Like La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy presents a homosexual world that any mother, with the possible exception of Arnold Beckoff’s, would love
The Trip to Bountiful
The Trip to Bountiful is a 1985 film starring Geraldine Page, John Heard, Carlin Glynn, Richard Bradford and Rebecca De Mornay. Geraldine Page won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Carrie Watts, the movie was adapted by Horton Foote from his play of the same name. The Bountiful of the title is a fictitious Texas town, although set in Houston, the movie was filmed by director Peter Masterson in Dallas. The film features an all-star cast including John Heard and Geraldine Page, redford featuring Will Thompsons Softly and Tenderly sung by Grammy-award winner Cynthia Clawson. The film won the Academy Award for Best Actress and was nominated for Best Writing and her son and daughter-in-law both know that the town has long since disappeared, due to the Depression. Old Mrs. Watts is determined to outwit her son and bossy daughter-in-law and she eventually boards a bus to a town near her childhood home. On the journey, she befriends a girl traveling alone and reminisces about her younger years and her son and daughter-in-law eventually track her down, with the help of the local police force.
The local sheriff, moved by her yearning to visit her girlhood home, the town is deserted, and the few remaining structures are derelict. Mrs. Watts learns that the last occupant of the town, and she is moved to tears as she surveys her fathers land and the remains of the family home. Having confronted their common history in Bountiful, the three commit to live peacefully together. They begin their drive back to Houston, on April 12,2005, MGM released The Trip to Bountiful on DVD in region 1 US in both a widescreen and a full-frame format on a two-sided disc
Salvador is a 1986 American war drama film co-written and directed by Oliver Stone. Stone wrote the screenplay with Richard Boyle and it stars James Woods as Richard Boyle, alongside Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy and Elpidia Carrillo, with John Savage, and Cynthia Gibb in supporting roles. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. However, when Boyle and Rock witness the execution of a student by government troops just as they enter the country, as of January 28,2013, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes records an average response of 92%, based on 24 reviews. But basically its a character portrait of a couple of burned-out free-lancers trying to keep their heads above water. He compared it to the work of Constantin Costa-Gavras, cinematically as well as politically, the film garnered two Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen at the 59th Academy Awards ceremony