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    The Godfather (The Coppola Restoration)

    The Godfather (The Coppola Restoration)

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    Released 1972
    The Godfather (The Coppola Restoration) is one of the highest award winning movies to have ever been played on the big screen. Whenever graced with the chance to watch The Godfather (The Coppola Restoration), you must for this is an offer you cannot refuse. This spine-chilling, must-watch, epic of a movie steps into the life of the organized crime family- the Corleone's. This classic mobster film ranks among other greats like Scarface, Goodfellas, and Casino. Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Francis Coppola envisioned this masterpiece in which a Sicilian clan rises and nearly falls from power within America. He manages to balance the Corleone family story with that of the brutal organized crime business they partake in.The casting was perfect and since the original filming has spawned two other sequels. The movie is based on Mario Puxo's best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Cann and Robert Duvall, this searing and brilliant film garnered ten Academy Award nominations, and won three including Best Picture of 1972.moreless
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    The Godfather Part II (The Coppola Restoration)

    The Godfather Part II (The Coppola Restoration)

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    Released 1974
    The Godfather Part II (The Coppola Restoration) is director Francis Ford Coppola's (Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Conversation) epic continuation of his seminal gangster saga which swept awards and secured it position as arguably the greatest sequel ever made. Not just a brilliant sequel, but an astounding prequel as well, the film crosscuts between two parallel tales as it chronicles the ascension to power of young Vito Corleone (Robert DeNiro, Taxi Driver, Cape Fear, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Mean Streets, The Untouchable, Once Upon A Time in America) and, at the same time, the further adventures of current and prospering Don, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman, Sea of Love, Dick Tracy, The Insider, Heat). The film brings back Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now, Deep Impact, Falling Down), brother Fredo (John Cazale, Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter), sister Connie (Talia Shire, Rocky), and girlfriend Kay (Diane Keaton, Annie Hall).moreless
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    Grease

    Grease

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    Released 1978
    Grease is the 1978 hit musical featuring featuring a young John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, and is now available on Amazon. Grease tells the story of 1950's high school adolescence and the trials and tribulations of finding ones identity in a world of cliques, posers, and peer-pressure. Travolta plays Danny Zuko, a member of the leather-wearing, hair-slicking T-Birds who falls in love with (what was supposed to be a summer fling) wholesome Australian exchange student Sandy Olsson. When school starts up again, Danny and Sandy are shocked to find out they go to the same school, where the freedom of those summer nights no longer apply. Danny is no longer the sensitive nice guy he was, and Sandy is left heartbroken, and takes comfort with her new friends, the gum chewing, flashy and sassy Pink Ladies. She does her best to fit in to her new school while ignoring Danny's distasteful bravado. The two soon realize the strength of their true feelings for each other but must give up there reputations around school (the most valued high school currency) to finally be together.moreless
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    Benji

    Benji

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    Released 1974
    Benji is a 1974 family movie written and directed by Joe Camp. It follows the adventures of Benji (Higgins the dog, of Petticoat Junction fame), a stray mutt who is from a small town where everyone knows him by a different name. He is eventually adopted by a family with two children, Cindy (Cynthia Smith) and Paul (Allen Fiuzat). When they are kidnapped by a group of criminals led by Riley (Tom Lester), it is up to the fearless Benji to find a way to rescue them. Told entirely from the dog's point of view, and featuring some very impressive and emotive acting from the canine star, Benji became an unexpected box-office sensation, starting a franchise that would spawn six sequels. Benji features guest appearances by Frances Bavier (The Andy Griffith Show's Aunt Bea) and Edgar Buchanan. The movie's theme song, "I Feel Love" by Charlie Rich, won a 1976 Golden Globe award.moreless
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    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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    Released 1977
    Star Wars is a film about Luke Skywalker leaving his home planet of Tattooine on an adventure across a galaxy far, far away. Skywalker lives with his aunt and uncle on a dirt farm with dreams of someday joining the Rebel Alliance to fight the evil empire. His life changes when he buys two droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. A secret message hidden inside R2-D2 from Princess Leia leads him to find Obi-Wan Kenobi . Skywalker and Kenobi go on an adventure to rescue the Princess from the evil Empire. They get space smuggler, and all round scoundrel Han Solo and his co-pilot Chewbacca to escort them. Skywalker, Kenobi, Solo, and Chewbacca infultrate the Empire's Death Star and rescue the princess. Leia brings them to a rebel base where Solo leaves and Luke joins the fight. They have a plan to attack the Death Star at it's only weak spot. To destroy it, Luke must focus all he has learned from Kenobi and let the Force guide the rebels to victory.moreless
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    Nashville

    Nashville

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    Released 1975
    Nashville is an American musical black comedy film directed and produced by Robert Altman. It is considered as the best movie of Altman's collection, which satirically combines politics and country music into one unforgettable masterpiece. Apart from the Oscar, this movie has also won 20 other awards in addition to having 23 nominations. This is the story, which combines many other stories of various people involved in music business in Nashville. Although this movie has 24 main characters, the main storylines are: the fate of nearly collapsing queen of Nashville Barbara Jane (Ronee Blakley), the unstable marriage of Linnea and Delbert Reese (Lily Tomlin and Ned Beatty) with two deaf children and the life of egocentric, fame seeker BBC radio reporter Opal (Geraldine Chaplin). All these stories come to a dramatic culmination. This movie, which was released on United States of America's Bicentennial birthday, shows the true side of its society and people. Watching this musical comedy is truly a good way to spend your free time.moreless
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    Gator

    Gator

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    Released 1976
    Gator is the 1976 sequel to the popular cult favorite White Lightning, this time directed by recurring super star Burt Reynolds. A two-time loser like Gator McKlusky (Reynolds, Deliverance, Boogie Nights, Striptease, Cop and a Half) will do anything to avoid a third strike and a long prison stint. So when a big city revenuer asks for Gator's help, what choice does he have? Gator's mission is to get the goods on Bama McCall (Jerry Reed, Smokey and the Bandit, The Waterboy, The Dukes of Hazzard), the nasty crime boss of a neighboring county. Gator gets something else he hadn't counted on, however, when he falls for television reporter Aggie Maybank (Lauren Hutton, American Gigolo, Love at First Bite, Someone's Watching Me!, Zorro, The Gay Blade, My Father, The Hero, Fear). Can he get the girl and the goon?moreless
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    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    The Outlaw Josey Wales

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    Released 1976
    The movie is about an ex-Confederate soldier who returns home after the war to find his family murdered by a rogue group of Unionists. Refusing to surrender, he sets off on a path of lethal revenge, pitting him against his former commander.moreless
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    Watership Down

    Watership Down

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    Released 1978
    Watership Down is an animated film from 1978, based on Richard Adams's book of the same name, featuring the voices of several well-known British actors. This is no light-hearted child's cartoon, but a serious and sometimes frightening tale. It follows the journey of a group of rabbits who must leave their warren after receiving a vision that it will be destroyed. In their quest to find a new home, the rabbits, led by Fiver (Richard Briers) and Hazel (John Hurt), face danger from violent rivals who live in a neighboring warren. Known as the Efrafa, these rabbits are led by the war-like General Woundwart (Harry Andrews), who runs his warren as a totalitarian state. Dogs and hawks are among other perils the rabbits confront as they journey to their new home, Watership Down. Even after reaching their destination, threats to the rabbits' safety abound. Directed by Martin Rosen and John Hubley, this box office hit also features the song "Bright Eyes" performed by Art Garfunkel.moreless
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    A Force of One

    A Force of One

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    Released 1979
    When a team of undercover narcotics officers come under attack by a mysterious serial killer, the police enlist the help of karate champion Matt Logan in an effort to bring an end to the terror.moreless
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    Take a Girl Like You

    Take a Girl Like You

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    Released 1970
    Take a Girl Like You is a romantic drama directed by Nick Hurran. In this film twenty year old Jenny Bunn (Sienna Guillory) is heading to England to start a new career teaching primary school children. Jenny was raised with strong views on marriage and virginity and plans to stay a virgin until she is married. This task is made more difficult by her unique beauty and the instant attention most men give her because of this. When she arrives in her new town she is quickly noticed by many of the young men. One man seems to be pushing harder than all the rest. His name is Patrick Standish (Rupert Graves) the thirty year old school master where Jenny has just begun working. Patrick wastes no time trying to seduce the young, innocent Jenny. Jenny initially rebuffs Patrick's attempt to seduce her, but how long can she continue? Jenny must decide if she is going to hold fast to her views on marriage and virginity or give in to Patrick's resilient attempts of seducing her.moreless
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    The Destructors

    The Destructors

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    Released 1974
    The Destructors is a tense crime drama whose original title was "The Marseille Contract." Released in 1974 by Orion Pictures and Marseilles Enterprises, the movie was directed by Robert Parrish. From moment one of the movie, we know that American embassy official and secret US intelligence agent Steve Ventura (Anthony Quinn) will do whatever it takes in order to take down Parisian drug kingpin Jacques Brizard (James Mason). But when his best efforts to complete his assignment fail, Ventura decides to try more unconventional methods: hiring a hitman to take down the elusive Brizard before he receives a large shipment of drugs being shipped into Marseilles on the 18th. The assassin John Deray (Michael Caine), however, turns out to be a friend from Ventura's past who has his own agenda. Deray befriends and seduces Brizard's daughter Rita (Alexandra Stewart) and when Brizard hires him to make a hit as well, things start to get really complicated, particularly when Ventura changes his mind about killing Quinn.moreless
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    Coming Home

    Coming Home

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    Released 1978
    Coming Home is the acclaimed 1978 war drama romance, directed by legendary filmmaker Hal Ashby (Being There, Harold and Maude, The Last Detail). After Captain Bob Hyde (Bruce Dern, The Burbs) leaves for Vietnam, his wife Sally (Jane Fonda, Barbarella) feels lonely and useless. To fill the void, she decides to volunteer as a nurse at the local military hospital. While working there she meets Luke (Jon Voigt), a crippled veteran who will challenge her take on life, war and patriotism. When her husband comes home, a love triangle develops between the three characters. But it's not romance or sex that Sally offers Bob and Luke. Instead, she's a bridge between the left-wing crippled veteran Luke and her right-wing husband Bob. It's Sally's maternal instincts, her femininity and motherly love that heal these men. Ironically, it's this love that drives her husband to suicide. If he can't have her sole love, then he has only two options: kill Luke or kill himself.moreless
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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    Released 1978
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the 1978 remake of the classic science fiction thriller, brought to modern life this time by acclaimed director Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff, The Unbearable Lightness of Being). Set this time out in modern day San Francisco, this version centers around Department of Health inspector Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland, MASH, Animal House, Klute, Ordinary People, Don't Look Now) starts to notice of rash of odd behaviors in the city: people are starting to suspect that their loved ones and relatives aren't really their loved ones and relatives; that they're imposters. When his co-worker (and unrequited love interest) Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams, The Dead Zone) has a similar notion about her dentist boyfriend Geoffrey (Art Hindle, Black Christmas, The Brood), Matthew springs into action to help her solve her dilemma. Employing the help of friends psychiatrist David Kibner (Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek), writer Jack Belicec (Jeff Goldblum, The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day), Matthew uncovers a terrifying truth: people are being duplicated by alien plants who have come to Earth to take over the planet!moreless
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    Phase IV

    Phase IV

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    Released 1974
    Phase IV is a science fiction thriller from acclaimed director Saul Bass about mutant ants terrorizing the Earth. When scientists observe a cosmic event of unprecedented proportion, they race to determine what impact it will have on the planet. The first signs begin to appear in the Arizona desert. Dr. Ernest D. Hobbs (Nigel Davenport), an entomologist, notices that several species of ants which normally fight with one another are suddenly cooperating. Researchers flock to the desert to investigate the phenomenon and discover that the ants are going through several phases of mutations. The mutations become worrisome when the ants start forming strange, sophisticated structures in the desert. One of the scientists destroys several of the structures in an experiment and the ants fight back. As war wages between the humans and the ants, the scientists begin to discover how far the ants have truly evolved. Unfortunately for them, the ants are in Phase III, and Phase IV is yet to come.moreless
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    Tommy

    Tommy

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    Released 1975
    Tommy is a musical from 1975 directed by Ken Russell and based on The Who's 1969 album of the same name. As a young child, Tommy Walker (Barry Winch and later Roger Daltrey) witnesses his mother's boyfriend killing Tommy's lost father (Robert Powell). His mother, Nora Walker (Ann-Margret) worries that the authorities will find out, and she tells Tommy that he didn't see or hear anything and that he cannot tell anyone what happened. This traumatic experience causes Tommy to retreat into his own mind; to the outside world he appears to be deaf, dumb, and blind. Although his mother attempts to cure Tommy by sending him to a religious cult run by The Preacher (Eric Clapton) and The Acid Queen (Tina Turner), a LSD selling prostitute, she mostly ignores his existence. She often leaves him in the care of his abusive Cousin Kevin (Paul Nicholas) and Uncle Ernie (Keith Moon). Retreating from his family life, Tommy finds himself in a junkyard and beings playing a pinball machine. Showing incredible skill, he begins a rise to fame by defeating the local pinball champion (Elton John). When a specialist (Jack Nicholson) tells Nora that Tommy's problems are only psychosomatic, she panics and violently throws Tommy into a mirror, awakening Tommy from his slumber. Tommy begins to share his self-awareness with the world, lecturing and preaching to anyone who will listen. Has Tommy really learned anything throughout his difficult childhood, or is his self-awareness misleading? Tommy is one of the first rock operas to make it's way to the big screen and, unlike The Who's album, the soundtrack to the film version of Tommy is sung by the various actors themselves. The Who's other rock opera, 1973's Quadrophenia, was also adapted into a film in 1979.moreless
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    The Missouri Breaks

    The Missouri Breaks

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    Released 1976
    The Missouri Breaks is a 1976 Western that pairs screen legends Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brandon on opposite sides of the law. In the 1880s, outlaw Tom Logan (Jack Nicholson) leads a good time crew of horse thieves including Little Tod (Randy Quaid), Cary (Frederic Forest) and Calvin (Harry Dean Stanton). Logan decides to buy a small Missouri ranch to help hide their operation, and tries to charm the lovely daughter Jane (Kathleen Lloyd) of a neighboring and wealthy cattle baron David Braxton (John McLiam). Tensions mount between Braxton and Logan when one of the outlaws gets trapped and killed, and the gang kills his foreman as revenge. Worried about the safety of his holdings and his daughter's future, Braxton hires Robert E. Lee Clayton (Marlon Brando), an eccentric but ruthless gun-for-hire, to protect his interests. Clayton Director Arthur Penn ("Bonnie and Clyde") blends humorous moments, such as Brando in drag, with tragedy in this depiction of the Old West.moreless
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    The Island of Dr. Moreau

    The Island of Dr. Moreau

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    Released 1977
    The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 1977 science fiction film directed by Don Taylor. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by H.G. Wells. After Andrew Braddock's (Michael York) ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he escapes on a raft and drifts to an isolated island. He soon discovers the residence of Dr. Moreau (Burt Lancaster), a scientist who claims that he is doing medical research. The other inhabitants of Dr. Moreau's compound include a reclusive, alcoholic scientist named Dr. Montgomery (Nigel Davenport), Dr. Moreau's servant M'Ling (Nick Cravat), and Dr. Moreau's mistress, Maria (Barbara Carrera). Although he receives a warm welcome, Braddock soon discovers that the Dr. Moreau is actually on an insane quest to morph animals into humans. When Braddock learns that Dr. Moreau has decided to conduct his crazed experiments on him, he struggles to survive the terrors of the island.moreless
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    Robin and Marian

    Robin and Marian

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    Released 1976
    Robin and Marian is a 1976 adventure-romance-drama, starring Sean Connery as Robin Hood and Audrey Hepburn as Maid Marian. The film picks up about twenty years after the traditional Robin Hood story left off, with an aging Robin Hood returning to his old haunts in Sherwood. He is jaded from his service in the harsh Crusades and ready for some calm times. When he is reunited with Maid Marian, his old flame, it looks like his time at home will be sweetly flavored by some romance. That is, until he has to rescue Maid Marian from his longtime enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, after the latter attempts to arrest Maid Marian on the grounds of religion. Although Robin Hood is now older and his beard is full of gray hair, he still has what it takes to save the day and, of course, the beautiful maiden. Robin and Marian is a film about love and adventure and lots of good times.moreless
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    And Justice For All

    And Justice For All

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    Released 1979
    And Justice for All is the 1979 famed Al Pacino courtroom drama directed by Norman Jewison, and now available on Crackle.com. The film also features the famous actor/teacher Lee Strasberg (whom Pacino studied with and starred along side of in "The Godfather Part II"). It features the famous scene in which Pacino's character, morally conflicted attorney Arthur Kirkland, grabs the judges gavel and screams "You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order!". Kirkland is an idealistic lawyer who believes the law should serve and protect the people above all. He lands a rape case that shakes him to the bone. Kirkland's defendant is a wicked judge who discloses his guilt to him. Kirkland must decide whether to continue defending his client as the law dictates everyone is entitled to a defense, or go against his duty and turn the crooked judge in. The film received 2 academy award nominations - one for Pacino's performance in a leading role, and one for the original screenplay.moreless
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