Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Murphy’s Law ** (1986, Charles Bronson, Kathleen Wilhoite, Carrie Snodgress) – Classic Movie Review 8729

Director J Lee Thompson’s 1986 film Murphy’s Law is a routine and violent neo noir cop thriller, with a hand-me-down plot from 48 hrs and The Gauntlet, which has the stoney-faced Charles Bronson, aged 65, […]

Jul, 18 · in Reviews

Rabbit, Run ** (1970, James Caan, Anjanette Comer, Carrie Snodgress, Arthur Hill, Jack Albertson, Melodie Johnson, Henry Jones) – Classic Movie Review 8728

American author John Updike’s tremendous 1960 novel Rabbit Is Rich (the first of his ‘Rabbit’ quartet) translates poorly to the screen in director Jack Smight’s 1970 Rabbit, Run. James Caan stars as ‘Rabbit’ Angstrom, a […]

Jul, 18 · in Reviews

Diary of a Mad Housewife **** (1970, Richard Benjamin, Frank Langella, Carrie Snodgress) – Classic Movie Review 8728

Director Frank Perry’s 1970 Diary of a Mad Housewife stars Richard Benjamin as the greedy, egotistical, abusive lawyer Jonathan Balser, who repels his put-upon housewife Tina (Carrie Snodgress), who has a fling with big-headed writer […]

Jul, 18

David and Lisa **** (1962, Keir Dullea, Janet Margolin, Howard Da Silva, Neva Patterson, Clifton James) – Classic Movie Review 8727

Director Frank Perry’s and writer Eleanor Perry’s 1962 David and Lisa is a significant film and also important culturally as an American independent production that gained Oscar nominations for the husband and wife director-writer team, […]

Jul, 18

‘Doc’ *** (1971, Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway, Harris Yulin) – Classic Movie Review 8726

The late, lamented, highly talented director Frank Perry (David and Lisa, Diary of a Mad Housewife) turns his hand to the 1971 ‘Doc’, a useful spaghetti Western about sharp-shooting poker gambler Doc Holliday (Stacy Keach), […]

Jul, 18

Monsieur Hire ***** (1989, Michel Blanc, Sandrine Bonnaire, Luc Thuillier) – Classic Movie Review 8725

Director Patrice Leconte’s dazzlingly stylish French romantic crime thriller 1989 Monsieur Hire stars Michel Blanc as the aged, troubled, lonely Monsieur Hire, who falls for the disrobed, obscure object of desire, Alice (Sandrine Bonnaire), who […]

Jul, 17

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean *** (1972, Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal, Anthony Perkins, Frank Soto, Ned Beatty, Jacqueline Bisset, Tab Hunter, Roddy McDowall) – Classic Movie Review 8724

Star Paul Newman and director John Huston are in easy-going mood in the likeable 1972 movie The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, an amusing if unfocused Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid-type Western […]

Jul, 17

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