Boulevard Nights is a 1979 film directed by Michael Pressman. It is about life in its street gangs, it concerns two brothers and Chuco. Raymond is'straight' -- he has a job and is engaged to Shady -- while Chuco is a drug user and gang member, about to be drawn into a gang war, it was filmed on location and was described by film critic Roger Ebert in a contemporary review as "a sensitive and thoughtful film about the tragedy of gang warfare in the barrio". In 2017, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally or aesthetically significant". Richard Yniguez... Raymond Avila Danny De La Paz... Chuco Avila Marta DuBois... Shady Londeros James Victor... Gil Moreno Betty Carvalho... Mrs. Avila Carmen Zapata... Mrs. Londeros Victor Millan... Mr. Londeros Gary Cervantes... Big Happy Daniel Zacapa... Ernie Jerado Carmona... Wolf Jesse Aragon... Casper Robert Covarrubias... Toby Eliseo Estrada... Hopper Mary McFerren... Receptionist Dawson Mays...
Jerry Werner Alejandrino Morales... VGV Gang Member Mario Morales... VGV Gang Member Javier Morales... VGV Gang Member Boulevard Nights on IMDb
Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington is a port city and the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina, United States. With a population of 119,045 in 2017, it is the eighth most populous city in the state. Wilmington is the principal city of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan area that includes New Hanover and Pender counties in southeastern North Carolina, which has a population of 263,429 as of the 2012 Census Estimate. Wilmington was settled by the English along the Cape Fear River; the city was named after Spencer Compton, the Earl of Wilmington. Its historic downtown has a 1.75-mile Riverwalk, developed as a tourist attraction in the late 20th century. In 2014 Wilmington's riverfront was ranked as the "Best American Riverfront" by readers of USA Today, it is minutes away from nearby beaches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation selected Wilmington as one of its 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. City residents live between the river and the ocean, with four nearby beach communities: Fort Fisher, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, all within half-hour drives from downtown Wilmington.
In 2003 the city was designated by the US Congress as a "Coast Guard City". It is the home port for a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter; the World War II battleship USS North Carolina is held as a war memorial. Other attractions include the Cape Fear Museum, the Wilmington Hammerheads United Soccer Leagues soccer team; the University of North Carolina Wilmington provides a wide variety of programs for undergraduates, graduate students, adult learners, in addition to cultural and sports events open to the community. Wilmington is the home of EUE Screen Gems Studios, the largest domestic television and movie production facility outside California. "Dream Stage 10," the facility's newest sound stage, is the third-largest in the US. It houses the largest special-effects water tank in North America. After the studio's opening in 1984, Wilmington became a major center of American film and television production. Numerous movies in a range of genres and several television series have been produced here, including Maximum Overdrive, Iron Man 3, Fox's Sleepy Hollow, One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek and NBC's Revolution.
The area along the river had been inhabited by various successive cultures of indigenous peoples for thousands of years. At the time of European encounter, historic Native Americans were members of tribes belonging to the Algonquian family; the ethnic European and African history of Wilmington spans a half centuries. In the early 16th century, explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano was the first European to see this area, including the city's present site; the first permanent European settlement in the area started in the 1720s with English colonists. In September 1732, a community was founded on land owned by John Watson on the Cape Fear River, at the confluence of its northwest and northeast branches; the settlement, founded by the first royal governor, George Burrington, was called "New Carthage," and "New Liverpool. Governor Gabriel Johnston soon after established his government there for the North Carolina colony. In 1739 or 1740, the town was incorporated with a new name, Wilmington, in honor of Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington.
Some early settlers of Wilmington came from the Albemarle and Pamlico regions, as well as from the colonies of Virginia and South Carolina, but most new settlers migrated from the northern British colonies, the West Indies, the British Isles. Many of the early settlers were indentured servants, recruited from the British Isles and northern Europe; as the indentured servants gained their freedom and fewer could be persuaded to leave England because of improving conditions there, the colonists imported an increasing number of African slaves to satisfy the labor demand. By 1767, slaves accounted for more than 62% of the population of the Lower Cape Fear region. Many worked in the port as laborers, some in ship-related trades. Naval stores and lumber fueled the region's economy, both after the American Revolution. During the Revolutionary War, the British maintained a garrison at Fort Johnston near Wilmington. Due to Wilmington's commercial importance as a major port, it had a critical role in opposition to the British in the years leading up to the Revolution.
The city had outspoken political leaders who influenced and led the resistance movement in North Carolina. The foremost of these was Wilmington resident Cornelius Harnett, who served in the General Assembly at the time, where he rallied opposition to the Sugar Act in 1764; when the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act the following year, designed to raise revenue for the Crown with a kind of tax on shipping, Wilmington was the site of an elaborate demonstration against it. On October 19, 1765, several hundred townspeople gathered in protest of the new law, burned an effigy of one town resident who favored the act, toasted to "Liberty, No Stamp Duty." On October 31, another crowd gathered in a symbolic funeral of "Liberty". But before the effigy was buried, Liberty was found to have a pulse, celebration ensued. Dr. William Houston of Duplin County was appointed Stamp Receiver for Cape Fear; when Houston visited Wilmington on business, still unaware of his appointment, he recounted, "The Inhabitants assembled about me & demanded a Categorical Answer whether I intended to put the Act relating the Stamps in force.
The Town Bell was rung Drums beating, Colours flying and great concourse of People gathered together." For the sake of his own life
Like Mom, Like Me
Like Mom, Like Me is a 1978 television film directed by Michael Pressman. The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Sheila Schwartz. Althea is the mother of teenager Jennifer. Althea's husband leaves her; when Althea starts to date other men, Jennifer can't accept this. Meanwhile, Althea is irritated by Jennifer taking over her own habits. Linda Lavin - Althea Gruen Kristy McNichol - Jennifer Gruen Max Gail - Henry Millen Stacey Nelkin - Tao Wolf Michael LeClair - Peter Lawrence Pressman - Michael Gruen Patrick O'Neal - Philip Stanford Michele Laurita - Mellissa Like Mom, Like Me on IMDb
Some Kind of Hero
Some Kind of Hero is a 1982 American comedy-drama film starring Richard Pryor as a returning Vietnam War veteran having trouble adjusting to civilian life. Soon he is involved in an organized crime heist, it was directed by Michael Pressman. Although James Kirkwood and Robert Boris are jointly credited with the screenplay, in fact the script was Boris’ rewrite of Kirkwood’s adaptation of his novel. Intended to be a straight drama, the studio insisted that Pryor perform comedic scenes as well. However, Pryor preferred to maintain a dramatic performance to keep the serious tone of the film. Eddie Keller is a U. S. Army conscript private, captured while defecating, he was held in a POW Camp for years. Due to his resistance in signing a confession admitting to committing war crimes he ends up being one of the last POWs to be brought home from Vietnam. Keller endures several years of deprivation at the hands of the North Vietnamese Army, he relents to signing a "confession" admitting to war crimes to save the life of his cell mate.
Having returned home, Eddie finds. His wife has fallen in love with someone new, had a daughter, just after he became a POW, his mother has suffered a stroke, requires constant medical attention. Eddie is called a hero when he is released, but when his signed confession is discovered, his veteran's benefits are suspended by the U. S. Department of Veteran's Affairs pending further investigation. Eddie finds himself stopped at every turn; the Army refuses to help, he cannot find a job, he is running out of options. The only bright spot in his life is a high-priced prostitute who picks Eddie up at a bar. Despite Toni's profession, the two begin a romance. While trying to secure a loan, Eddie is witness to a bank robbery, he begins to plot a way to gain the funds he needs to provide for his mother, to avenge himself on a system that abandoned him in Vietnam turned him into a traitor. Eddie plans to hold up a bank, but fails in his efforts to embark on a life of crime, he succeeds in stealing a briefcase full of bonds, which he arranges to sell to a mobster for a large sum of cash.
The mobsters plan to take the bonds. Eddie turns the tables on the mobsters, escaping with the bonds with Toni. Richard Pryor as Eddie Keller Margot Kidder as Toni Donovan Ronny Cox as Col. Powers Lynne Moody as Lisa Paul Benjamin as Leon Olivia Cole as Jesse Matt Clark as Mickey The film had been in development for a number of years. Richard Pryor agreed to do it; the film gained mixed reviews, was a minor success at the box office. List of American films of 1982 Some Kind of Hero on IMDb Some Kind of Hero at Box Office Mojo Some Kind of Hero at Rotten Tomatoes
The Revenge of Al Capone
The Revenge of Al Capone is a 1989 American television film about Al Capone starring Keith Carradine as Michael Rourke. The plot is not based on fact but rather is based on a revisionist interpretation of the 1933 attempted murder of President-elect Roosevelt by delusional anarchist Giuseppe Zangara. Following his imprisonment, Al Capone still continues to run his crime empire and plots to assassinate the mayor of Chicago Anton Cermak. Keith Carradine as Michael Rourke Ray Sharkey as Scarface Debrah Farentino as Jennie Charles Haid as Alex Connors Jayne Atkinson as Elizabeth Neil Giuntoli as Dutch Schultz Scott Paulan as Eliot Ness Alan Rosenberg as Frank Nitti Jordan Charney as J. Edgar Hoover Robert Bernedetti as Mayor Anton Cermak The Revenge of Al Capone on IMDb
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training is a 1977 American sports comedy-drama film and a sequel to the feature film The Bad News Bears. Chris Barnes returns to his role as the foul-mouthed Tanner Boyle; this film picks up the Bears' career a year after their infamous second-place finish in the North Valley League. However, after winning this year, they are left reeling by the departure of Buttermaker as their coach and an injury to goat-turned-hero Timmy Lupus. Faced with a chance to play the Houston Toros for a shot at the Japanese champs, they devise a way to get to Houston to play at the famed Astrodome, between games of a Major League Baseball doubleheader. In the process, Kelly Leak reunites with his estranged father, recruited to coach them; the Bears, as a whole, have trouble with fielding during practice, but soon become more cohesive and athletic under Coach Leak's guidance. This film is remembered for the scene in which Astros player Bob Watson first says, "Let the kids play." Coach Leak leads the Astrodome crowd in the chant "Let them play!" when the umpires attempt to call the game prematurely because of time constraints.
The crowd at the 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game used this chant when the announcement came that the game would end in a tie at the end of the inning if neither team scored. William Devane as Mike Leak, Coach of the Bears: Kelly's estranged father, whom he looks up in Houston. He's a good blue-collar working man who agrees to coach the team. Jackie Earle Haley as Kelly Leak, Local troublemaker who has matured since the first film; the Bears' leader he drives the van. The team's strongest hitter, he plays left field. Wears the number 3. Clifton James as Sy Orlansky, Local businessman and beer company owner, sponsoring and promoting the game between the Bears and the local favorite, Houston Toros. Chris Barnes as Tanner Boyle, Short-tempered shortstop with a Napoleon complex who continually challenges authority. Refuses to leave the field in Houston after the game was called. Close friends with Timmy Lupus, who could not make the trip. Wears the number 12. Erin Blunt as Ahmad Abdul-Rahim, A Black Muslim who plays center field.
Spends most of the movie worrying about whether or not the team is going to go to "The Joint." Idolizes Hank wears number 44 in his honor. Jeffrey Louis Starr as Mike Engelberg, An overweight, out-of-shape boy who plays catcher and has developed into a good hitter, he loves Kentucky Fried Chicken. Wears the number 15. Jimmy Baio as Carmen Ronzonni, Flashy starting pitcher from back east, more talk than action. Brought to the team by friend Kelly Leak in the hopes of revitalizing the team. With the help of Coach Leak, he shows improvement throughout the film. Wears the number 11. Alfred W. Lutter as Alfred Ogilvie, A bookworm who memorizes baseball statistics and acts as the team's scout, he gets information on The Toros, from two girls who know the team. He's a benchwarmer who assists the coach with defensive strategy. A backup outfielder/first baseman. Wears the number 9. David Stambaugh as Toby Whitewood, An unassuming, intelligent boy who plays first base; because of this, he is able to pull off the hidden ball trick in the final game.
Wears the number 2. Jaime Escobedo as Jose Agilar, Miguel's brother. Speaks little English. Wears the number 6. George Gonzales as Jose's brother. Nicknamed "Handsome" by Coach Leak. Speaks little English. Wears the number 7. Brett Marx as Jimmy Feldman, Fairly quiet third baseman with curly blond hair. During his at-bat, the opposing team's catcher says, "You got one of the Marx Brothers up here". Wears the number 8. David Pollock as Rudi Stein, Nervous relief pitcher and backup outfielder. Wears glasses, he's a benchwarmer. A running joke is. Wears the number 10. Quinn Smith as Timmy Lupus, A shy, bedridden outfielder for the team who broke his leg while skateboarding and only appears early on in the film. Thus, he cannot join the team on their trip to Houston. Good friends with Tanner Boyle, who carries the mantra "let's win one for the Looper" during the team's journey; the scene where the cops roll by the van driven by Kelly was shot on Balboa Blvd in Granada Hills, California. When the team arrives in downtown Houston, they book a room at the Concord Hotel.
The building is the Lancaster Hotel, located off Texas Avenue across from Jones Hall. The scene where Kelly meets up with his father for the first time was filmed at the Texas Pipe Bending Company, a real business located at 2500 Galveston Road. In the movie, the Bears stay at the Houston Hilton; the scene where Coach Leak confronts Sy Orlansky about playing the Bears instead of the team from El Paso was filmed at Bayland Park. The Toros practice scenes were filmed on the Sharpstown Little League fields, with extras including girls from area middle schools. Members of the 1976–1977 Houston Astros make a cameo appearance during the film's climactic scene, they include Bill Virdon, César Cedeño, Enos Cabell, Ken Forsch, Bob Watson and J. R. Richard. Unlike its predecessor, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 50% rating base