The Bunker (1981 film)
The Bunker is a 1981 American made-for-television historical war film produced by Time-Life Productions based on the book The Bunker by James P. O'Donnell; the film, directed by George Schaefer and adapted for the screen by John Gay, is a dramatisation depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the Battle of Berlin. The film stars Anthony Hopkins as Hitler, plus an all star cast including Richard Jordan, Susan Blakely, Cliff Gorman; the film opens in 1945, with O'Donnell gaining entry to the Führerbunker by bribing a Soviet sentry with a packet of cigarettes. It is followed by the film's moving to flashbacks to the months between January and May 1945 as Hitler and those in the bunker faced their last days and nights; the actors' interpretations of the events differ in ways from the traditional accounts. For example, during the final meeting between Hitler and Albert Speer, Hopkins adopts a sarcastic tone and gestures that suggest that Hitler was aware of Speer's betrayal though he uses the exact words recounted by the witnesses.
This became a controversial scene due to a perception in some circles that the resemblance to Jesus Christ's legendary foreseeing of Judas's betrayal was intentional. These accusations were denied, as were reports regarding a rumoured on-set romance between Piper Laurie and Cliff Gorman; the film shifts the point-of-view character. This includes characters. For example, Dr. Werner Haase is used in this manner though he was never interviewed. Two scenes are written from the viewpoint of Hitler's cook, Constanze Manziarly, in one scene, Manziarly has a flashback, remembering happier days. However, Manziarly disappeared while escaping from the bunker, so neither O'Donnell nor any other person was able to interview her or get her viewpoint. Given O'Donnell's work on the breakout, the film ends just as the groups are leaving the bunker complex of the Reich Chancellery. In a short scene at the beginning of the film, a younger O'Donnell is played by actor James Naughton. O'Donnell himself provided brief voice-over narrations at the end of the film.
Anthony Hopkins won an Emmy for his portrayal of Adolf Hitler. Actors on the set claimed his performance was so convincing that those playing German soldiers snapped to attention whenever Hopkins came onto the set if he wasn't in character. Actors Michael Sheard and Tony Steedman reprised their characters from the 1973 British television film The Death of Adolf Hitler; the film was critically acclaimed, as the list of honors shows: Won: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Anthony HopkinsNominated: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Piper Laurie Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special René Magnol Robert L. Harman William L. McCaughey Howard S. Wollman Downfall, 2004 film The Bunker on IMDb
The Lords of Flatbush
The Lords of Flatbush is a 1974 American drama film about street teenagers in leather jackets from the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Directed by Martin Davidson and Stephen Verona, The Lords of Flatbush is a low-budget film starring Perry King, Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler. Stallone was credited with writing additional dialogue. Set in 1958, the coming of age story follows four Brooklyn teenagers known as The Lords of Flatbush; the Lords steal cars, play pool and hang out at a local malt shop. The film focuses on Chico attempting to win over Jane, a girl who wants little to do with him, Stanley, who impregnates his girlfriend, who pressures him to marry her. Stanley agrees to marry her after finding out before the wedding that Frannie may never have been pregnant. Butchey Weinstein is intelligent but hides his brains behind a clownish front, while Wimpy Murgalo is a colorless follower in awe of Chico and Stanley. Perry King as Chico Tyrell Sylvester Stallone as Stanley Rosiello Henry Winkler as Butchey Weinstein Paul Mace as Wimpy Murgalo Susan Blakely as Jane Bradshaw Maria Smith as Frannie Malincanico Renee Paris as Annie Yuckamanelli Paul Jabara as Crazy Cohen Bruce Reed as Mike Mambo Frank Stiefel as Arnie Levine Martin Davidson as Mr. Birnbaum Ray Sharkey as Student Dolph Sweet as Stanley's father Antonia Rey as Stanley's mother Richard Gere was cast as Chico but was fired due to conflicts with Stallone during rehearsals.
As Stallone put it: We never hit it off. He would strut around in his oversized motorcycle jacket like he was the baddest knight at the round table. One day, during an improv, he got a little carried away. I told him in a gentle fashion to lighten up, but he was in character and impossible to deal with. We were rehearsing at Coney Island and it was lunchtime, so we decided to take a break, the only place, warm was in the backseat of a Toyota. I was eating a hotdog and he climbs in with a half a chicken covered in mustard with grease nearly dripping out of the aluminum wrapper. I said, "That thing is going to drip all over the place." He said, "Don't worry about it." I said, "If it gets on my pants you're gonna know about it." He proceeds to bite into a small, greasy river of mustard lands on my thigh. I elbowed him in the side of the head and pushed him out of the car; the director had to make a choice: one of us had to go, one of us had to stay. Richard was given his walking papers and to this day dislikes me.
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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie is an award presented annually by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. It is given in honor of an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role on a television limited series or television movie for the primetime network season; the award was first presented at the 7th Primetime Emmy Awards on March 7, 1955 to Judith Anderson for her performance as Lady Macbeth on the Hallmark Hall of Fame episode "Macbeth". It has undergone several name changes, with the category split into two categories at the 25th Primetime Emmy Awards—Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program – Drama or Comedy and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series. By the 31st Primetime Emmy Awards, the categories were merged into one, has since undergone several name changes, leading to its current title. Since its inception, the award has been given to 54 actresses. Regina King is the current recipient of the award for her portrayal of Latrice Butler on Seven Seconds.
Helen Mirren has won the most awards in this category, with four, has received the most nominated for the award on ten occasions, the most within the category. Listed below are the winners of the award for each year, as well as the other nominees. Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins is a Welsh actor and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, was nominated three additional times. Hopkins has won three BAFTAs, two Emmys, the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In 1993, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003, in 2008, he received the BAFTA Fellowship for lifetime achievement from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, was spotted by Laurence Olivier who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre. In 1968, he achieved renown. In the mid-1970s, Richard Attenborough, who would direct five Hopkins films, called him "the greatest actor of his generation." Hopkins portrayed Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, its sequel Hannibal, the prequel Red Dragon. Other notable films include The Mask of Zorro, The Bounty, Meet Joe Black, The Elephant Man, Magic, 84 Charing Cross Road, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Legends of the Fall and its sequels, The Remains of the Day, Nixon, The World's Fastest Indian and Fracture.
In 2015, he starred in the BBC television film The Dresser, since 2016, he has starred in the HBO television series Westworld. Hopkins was born on New Year's Eve 1937, in a suburb of Port Talbot, Glamorgan, his parents were Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. He stated. "Whenever I get a feeling that I may be special or different, I think of my father and I remember his hands – his hardened, broken hands". His school days were unproductive. In 1949, to instill discipline, his parents insisted he attend Jones' West Monmouth Boys' School in Pontypool, he remained there for five terms and was educated at Cowbridge Grammar School in the Vale of Glamorgan. In a 2002 interview he stated: "I was a poor learner, which left me open to ridicule and gave me an inferiority complex. I grew up convinced I was stupid."Hopkins was inspired by Welsh compatriot Richard Burton, whom he met at the age of 15. Hopkins promptly enrolled at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, from which he graduated in 1957.
After two years of his national service, which he served in the British Army, Hopkins moved to London where he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Hopkins made his first professional stage appearance in the Palace Theatre, Swansea, in 1960 with Swansea Little Theatre's production of Have a Cigarette. In 1965, after several years in repertory, he was spotted by Laurence Olivier, who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre in London. Hopkins became Olivier's understudy, filled in when Olivier was struck with appendicitis during a 1967 production of August Strindberg's The Dance of Death. Olivier noted in his memoir, Confessions of an Actor, that A new young actor in the company of exceptional promise named Anthony Hopkins was understudying me and walked away with the part of Edgar like a cat with a mouse between its teeth. Hopkins was nervous prior to going on stage, but since that night he has relaxed, quoting his mentor: "He said:'Remember: nerves is vanity – you’re wondering what people think of you.
It was great advice.” Despite his success at the National, Hopkins tired of repeating the same roles nightly and yearned to be in films. He made his small-screen debut in a 1967 BBC broadcast of A Flea in Her Ear, his first starring role in a film came in 1964 in Changes, a short directed by Drewe Henley and produced by James Scott and co-starring Jacqueline Pearce. In 1968, he got his break in The Lion in Winter playing Richard the Lionheart. Although Hopkins continued in theatre he moved away from it to become more established as a television and film actor, he portrayed Charles Dickens in the BBC television film The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens in 1970, Pierre Bezukhov in the BBC's mini series War and Peace. Making a name for himself as a screen actor, in 1972 he starred as British politician David Lloyd George in Young Winston, in 1977 he played British Army officer John Frost in the World War II-set film A Bridge Too Far. Both of these films were directed by Richard Attenborough, who described Hopkins as “unquestionably the greatest actor of his generation”.
In 1978 he starred in the psychological horror film Magic about a demonic ventriloquist's puppet. In 1980, he starred in The Elephant Man as the English doctor Sir Frederick Treves, who attends to Joseph Merrick, a deformed man in 19th century London; that year he starred opposite Shirley MacLaine in A Change of Seasons and famously said "she was the most obnoxious actress I have worked with." In 1983, Hopkins became a company member of The Mirror Theater Ltd's Repertory Company. He remained an enthusiastic member of the company and the Mirror's Producing Artistic Director Sabra Jones visited him in London in 1986 to discuss moving Pravda to New York from the National Theatre. In 1984, he starred opposite Mel Gibson in The Bounty as William Bligh, captain of the Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty, in a retelling of the mutiny on the Bounty. In 1992
Dreamer (1979 film)
Dreamer is a film, released theatrically on April 27, 1979. It was directed by Noel Nosseck, written by Larry Bischof and James Proctor, starring Tim Matheson, Susan Blakely and Jack Warden. Dreamer was released by 20th Century Fox through Magnetic Video on home video. A young man dreams and struggles to become a championship bowler, knowing that determination and sacrifice must come first. Tim Matheson is the Dreamer in this story which many saw as inspired by Rocky. "Dreamer" is a ten-pin whiz in his small town of Alton, but wants to make it in the big time on the professional tour. He does, with the help of irascible manager Harry and faithful girlfriend Karen; as if to underline the resemblances between Dreamer and its cinematic role model, the musical score is by Rocky's Bill Conti. Bowling legend Dick Weber appears at the movie's end as Johnny Watkin. Tim Matheson as Harold "Dreamer" Nuttingham Susan Blakely as Karen Lee Jack Warden as Harry White Richard B. Shull as George Taylor Barbara Stuart as Angie Owen Bush as The Fan John Crawford as Riverboat Captain Marya Small as Elaine Matt Clark as Spider Morgan Farley as Old Timer Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez as Too Speedy Zapata as Juan JoBe Cerny as Ralph Patterson Azizi Johari as Lady Dick Weber as Johnny Watkin Chris Schenkel as Himself Nelson Burton, Jr. as Color Man Julian Byrd as Red Harper Rita Ascot Boyd as Grandma Tim Matheson had not bowled since the age of 10 when he got the starring role.
To prepare for his part he spent four to six hours a day for two weeks bowling with Dick Weber's son Rich and studied videotapes of top bowlers such as Mark Roth, Earl Anthony and Marshall Holman. Principal photography took place in Alton, Illinois and St. Louis from July 31 to September 12, 1978; the picture's production budget was reported at $2.9 million plus $3.54 million for marketing. Janet Maslin of The New York Times stated, "I'm not sure I've seen a movie, supposed to tell a story and managed to be as uneventful as'Dreamer'." Roger Ebert gave the film 1.5 stars out of 4 and wrote, "There could no doubt be a good movie made about bowling or about the human elements in any professional sport. But'Dreamer' doesn't try to do that, it just takes a routine old formula, one that could apply as well to any sport from soccer to wrestling, plugs in bowling as the subject matter." Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune awarded 1.5 stars out of 4 and called it "hopelessly predictable." Variety wrote, "Shamelessly attempting to be a'Rocky' of the bowling world,'Dreamer' is a preposterous, colorless down-home fantasy about a youth who makes the jump from unknown bushleaguer to national champion in three easy lessons."
Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times declared the film "a nice little movie" and "a pleasant piece of Midwestern Americana, refreshing in its lack of gratuitous sex and gore but likely to be too mild for some tastes." Gary Arnold of The Washington Post called it "a pleasant, inconsequential sports melodrama." Dreamer on IMDb
The Concorde ... Airport '79
The Concorde... Airport'79 is a 1979 American air disaster film and the fourth and final installment of the Airport franchise. Poorly reviewed by critics, the film flopped at the box office. Produced on a high budget of $14 million, it earned a little over $13 million, thus ending the enormous financial success of the Airport films; the film was directed by David Lowell Rich. The ensemble cast includes George Kennedy, who appeared in all four films from the Airport series, Susan Blakely, Alain Delon and Robert Wagner in main roles. Mercedes McCambridge and Martha Raye have cameos. Kevin Harrison, a corrupt arms dealer, attempts to destroy an American-owned Concorde on its maiden flight after one of the passengers, reporter Maggie Whelan, learns of his weapons sales to communist countries during the Cold War; the Concorde takes off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Captain Paul Metrand makes conversation with the purser, they land at Dulles Airport outside Washington, D. C. Maggie reports on the "Goodwill" flight on the Concorde the following day, which leads to a story of Harrison and his Buzzard surface-to-air missile project.
A man named Carl Parker shows up with a claim about documentation of illegal arms deals, but is shot before a passerby triggers a fire alarm, scaring the assailant away. Maggie is told by Harrison someone is framing him, he sends Maggie off in a limo plots to have the Concorde's departure delayed and the drone test reprogrammed. Capt. Joe Patroni joins Metrand aboard the Concorde, creating some doubt as to which pilot is in command, they are joined by Peter O'Neill, the 2nd officer and flight engineer, living with a controlling girlfriend. Harrison surprises Maggie at the airline check-in desk to see her off, he asks if the documents showed up. As he is walking away, Parker's wife delivers the documents to Maggie as she steps into the mobile lounge, she realizes that Harrison lied to her. The Concorde takes off for Paris. Unbeknownst to the flight crew, an off-course surface-to-air missile is headed straight for them. At his company headquarters, Harrison tells his controllers to alert the government.
The USAF scrambles F-15 fighter jets to intercept the missile. After several evasive maneuvers by the passenger plane, an F-15 shoots down the missile before it collides with the Concorde; as the Concorde is approaching the European coastline, an F-4 Phantom II sent by Harrison engages the Concorde as French Air Force Mirages scramble to help. The Concorde manages to evade the F-4's missiles, but the explosion of one of them damages the plane's hydraulic system; the Mirages shoot down the F-4 and the Concorde continues to Paris, although to Le Bourget airport instead of Charles de Gaulle. The plane reaches the French coastline, landing with a damaged hydraulic system and just stopping at the last safety net. Metrand and Isabelle invite Patroni to dinner. Harrison promises Maggie to go public with the documents but attempts to bribe her into "polishing" his statement. After being paid by Harrison, a mechanic, places a device in the Concorde's cargo door control unit, timed to open during flight.
As the passengers board, a well-dressed woman attempts to smuggle a dog aboard. She leaves. Froelich is in line at the security checkpoint; the X-ray technician attempts to return it. On the runway, where the Concorde is taking off, the aircraft's exhaust kills Froelich and scatters the money he received from Harrison; the aircraft is en route to Moscow. Metrand sees the carpet tear down the middle of the aisle, signifying the fuselage is under tremendous stress and the aircraft is about to break apart; the cargo door is ripped off, extensively damaging the aircraft and ripping a segment of the floor as it spirals toward the ground. The airline founder's seat lodges in the hole; the pilots attempt to fly to Innsbruck, for an emergency landing, but realize they are losing fuel and do not have enough to make it there. Metrand realizes; the aircraft approaches the landing site. It lands successfully. While passengers are being rescued, Maggie gives a report of the accident to a news reporter and mentions a major story she is about to release.
Harrison commits suicide. At the crash site, the last of the crew leaves the Concorde shortly before the fuselage caves in and explodes from the leaking fuel. Alain Delon as Capt. Paul Metrand Susan Blakely as Maggie Whelan Robert Wagner as Kevin Harrison Sylvia Kristel as Isabelle George Kennedy as Capt. Joseph "Joe" Patroni Eddie Albert as Eli Sands Bibi Andersson as Francine Charo as Margarita John Davidson as Robert Palmer Andrea Marcovicci as Alicia Rogov Martha Raye as Loretta Cicely Tyson as Elaine Jimmie Walker as Boise David Warner as Peter O'Neill Mercedes McCambridge as Nelli Avery Schreiber as Russian coach Markov Sybil Danning as Amy Monica Lewis as Gretchen Nicolas Coster as Dr. Stone Ed Begley, Jr. as Rescuer #1 Jon Cedar as Froelich Macon McCalman as Carl Parker Kathleen Maguire as Mary Parker Stacy Heather Tolkin as Irina Marneen Fields as American Olympic Athlete Harry Shearer as announcer Jeffrey Marx It took producer Jennings Lang a number of years to
Eva Anna Paula Hitler was the longtime companion of Adolf Hitler and, for less than 40 hours, his wife. Braun met Hitler in Munich when she was a 17-year-old assistant and model for his personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann, she began seeing Hitler about two years later. She attempted suicide twice during their early relationship. By 1936, she was a part of his household at the Berghof near Berchtesgaden and lived a sheltered life throughout World War II. Braun was a photographer, she took many of the surviving colour photographs and films of Hitler, she was a key figure within Hitler's inner social circle, but did not attend public events with him until mid-1944, when her sister Gretl married Hermann Fegelein, the SS liaison officer on his staff. As Nazi Germany was collapsing towards the end of the war, Braun swore loyalty to Hitler and went to Berlin to be by his side in the reinforced Führerbunker beneath the Reich Chancellery; as Red Army troops fought their way into the neighbourhood on 29 April 1945, she married Hitler during a brief civil ceremony.
Less than 40 hours they committed suicide together in a sitting room of the bunker, she by biting into a capsule of cyanide, he by a gunshot to the head. The German public was unaware of Braun's relationship with Hitler until after their deaths. Eva Braun was born in Munich and was the second daughter of school teacher Friedrich "Fritz" Braun and Franziska "Fanny" Kronberger, she had Ilse and a younger sister, Margarete. Braun's parents were divorced in April 1921, but remarried in November 1922 for financial reasons. Braun was educated at a Catholic lyceum in Munich, for one year at a business school in the Convent of the English Sisters in Simbach am Inn, where she had average grades and a talent for athletics. At age 17 she took a job working for Heinrich Hoffmann, the official photographer for the Nazi Party. Employed as a shop assistant and sales clerk, she soon learned how to use a camera and develop photos, she met Hitler, 23 years her senior, at Hoffmann's studio in Munich in October 1929.
He had been introduced to her as "Herr Wolff". Eva's sister, Gretl worked for Hoffman from 1932 onward, the women rented an apartment together for a time. Gretl accompanied her sister on her trips with Hitler to the Obersalzberg. Hitler lived with his half-niece, Geli Raubal, in an apartment at Prinzregentenplatz 16 in Munich from 1929 until her death. On 18 September 1931 Raubal was found dead in the apartment with a gunshot wound, an apparent suicide with Hitler's pistol. Hitler was in Nuremberg at the time; the relationship—likely the most intense of his life—had been important to him. Hitler began seeing more of Braun after Raubal's suicide. Braun herself attempted suicide on 10 or 11 August 1932 by shooting herself in the chest with her father's pistol. Historians feel the attempt was not serious, but was a bid for Hitler's attention. After Braun's recovery, Hitler became more committed to her and by the end of 1932 they had become lovers, she stayed overnight at his Munich apartment when he was in town.
Beginning in 1933, Braun worked as a photographer for Hoffmann. This position enabled her to travel—accompanied by Hoffmann—with Hitler's entourage as a photographer for the Nazi Party. In her career she worked for Hoffman's art press. According to a fragment of her diary and the account of biographer Nerin Gun, Braun's second suicide attempt occurred in May 1935, she took an overdose of sleeping pills. Hitler provided Eva and her sister with a three-bedroom apartment in Munich that August, the next year the sisters were provided with a villa in Bogenhausen at Wasserburgerstr. 12. By 1936, Braun was at Hitler's household at the Berghof near Berchtesgaden whenever he was in residence there, but she lived in Munich. Braun had her own apartment at the new Reich Chancellery in Berlin, completed to a design by Albert Speer. Braun was a member of Hoffman's staff when she attended the Nuremberg Rally for the first time in 1935. Hitler's half-sister, Angela Raubal, took exception to her presence there, was dismissed from her position as housekeeper at his house in Berchtesgaden.
Researchers are unable to ascertain if her dislike for Braun was the only reason for her departure, but other members of Hitler's entourage saw Braun as untouchable from on. Hitler wished to present himself in the image of a chaste hero, he believed that he was sexually attractive to women and wished to exploit this for political gain by remaining single, as he felt marriage would decrease his appeal. He and Braun never appeared as a couple in public; the German people were unaware of Braun's relationship with Hitler until after the war. Braun had her own room adjoining Hitler's at the Berghof, in Hitler's Berlin residence, in the Berlin bunker. Biographer Heike Görtemaker noted that women did not play a big role in the politics of Nazi Germany. Braun's political influence on Hitler was minimal, she was not a member of the Nazi Party. In his post-war memoirs Hoffmann characterized Braun's outlook as "inconse