HAWKINS: THE COMPLETE TV-MOVIE COLLECTION (1973-74) A decade before TV saw another silver-haired, slow-drawling Southern shyster with a knack for sleuthing out the truth, MGM welcomed back two titanic talents, TV producer Norman Felton and screen legend Jimmy Stewart for Hawkins. Stewart’s mystery movies as Billy Jim Hawkins rotated with the Shaft TV Movies in the same time slot (Talk about Country Mouse and City Mouse!) solving crimes alongside his cousin RJ (Strother Martin) and a bevy of sensational co-stars. Bonnie Bedelia plays a troubled young woman accused of familicide, Cameron Mitchell plays a tinseltown spouse facing murder charges, Julie Harris plays an accused mercy killer, Lew Ayres and James Best play folk caught up in a deadly Civil War re-enactment, James Luisi plays a football pro caught up in foul play, and Paul Burke and Pernell Roberts play a senator and aide caught up in a slaying. 4-Disc, 8 film collection includes: Death and the Maiden, Murder in Movieland, Die, Darling, Die, A Life For a Life, Blood Feud, Murder and the Slave Trade, Murder on the 13th Floor andCandidate for Murder.
WORLD WAR III (1982) With nuclear midnight looming over the socio-political world of the Cold War, Hollywood regularly turned its thoughts to the unthinkable. Although facing the end of the world as they knew it, there will be no further REM references to that fact as none of the characters in it feel very good about the end of the world at all. In this meditation on thermonuclear oblivion, David Soul stars as the minor military leader tasked with holding the arctic line against a group of Soviet snowmandoes. Rock Hudson plays the forthright Prez desperate to cool the suddenly hot conflict; Brian Keith plays his Soviet opposite, desperate to uncover the conspiracy behind the conflict. Also stars Cathy Lee Crosby.
DRESS GRAY (1986) Alec Baldwin stars in this military murder mystery mini penned by celebrated scribe, Gore Vidal. Set during the unpleasantness in Vietnam, Baldwin plays a cadet caught up in a don’t ask, don’t tell cover-up surrounding the death of a fellow cadet. Unhindered by contemporary squeamishness and driven by his sense of honor, he pursues the truth only to have the guilt laid at his feet. Also stars Eddie Albert, Lloyd Bridges and Alexis Smith.
DREAM WEST (1986) Richard Chamberlain, king of the epic mini-series, takes on the role of the legendary frontier fighter, Charles Fremont. Fremont’s exceptional exploits couldn’t be squeezed into anything less than a mini series — the blazing of the Oregon Trail, the capture of California, and beating Lincoln himself to emancipation - all beggar the imagination. Alice Krige charms at Chamberlain’s side as Fremont’s beloved spouse and amanuensis, Jessie Benton Fremont. And Rip Torn totally kicks it as Kit Carson. Adapted by Evan Hunter from the book by David Nevin.
THE CISCO KID (1994) Luis Valdez, fresh from La Bamba, directs Jimmy Smits as Cisco and Cheech Marin as Pancho in an empowered update of this classic Hispanic Robin Hood tale. Stylish and sharp, this Cisco leavens in a touch of The Man With No Name to go with his Lone Ranger good guy vibe, but Cheech steals the show as the inescapable (literally) sidekick, Pancho. Also features genre superstars Ron Perlman and Tim Thomerson.
THE GOOD OLD BOYS (1995) Tommy Lee Jones not only makes his directorial debut but stars in this tale of an old cowboy facing a new century. Riding out of the mountains, Hewey Calloway (Jones) reunites with family just in time to help save their land. Adapting the Elmer Kelton source material himself, Jones corralled a who’s-who of titanic acting talent to join him including Frances McDormand, Terry Kinney, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, and a very young Matt Damon.
RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE (1995) Ed Harris and Amy Madigan star in this ’90s take on the Zane Grey classic that hews close to the source. While virtuous cattle heiress Jane Withersteen (Madigan) is under marital siege by Deacon Tull and his followers, quick draw drifter Jim Lassiter comes to town with vengeance on his mind. With cowboy and cattlewoman finding common cause, the small corner of Utah they inhabit threatens to erupt in a gunpowder apocalypse. Also stars Henry Thomas and Robin Tunney. Directed by Charles Haid.
THE VIRGINIAN (2000) Bill Pullman directs Diane Lane and himself in a revisionist look at the immortal Virginian. Suffused with a deep strain of almost Scandinavian melancholy,The Virginian is as much about our inability to connect as it is about the need to throwdown when owlhoots make a play for the ranch. Also stars John Savage, Dennis Weaver, and Colm Feore with an appearance by TV’s The Virginian, James Drury.
EIGHT IS ENOUGH: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON, PART 1 and PART 2 (1977-1978) Following quickly on WHV’s April release of Eight is Enough: The Complete First Season, we are pleased to take up the baton and continue the Bradford clan’s journey to DVD. In their first full season following the previous shorter one, the creators faced a gaping hole at the heart of the show — the tragic death of actress Diana Hyland, who played Bradford matriarch Joan. As the season begins, newspaper columnist Tom Bradford is now a widower and the Bradford clan is still healing. Thanks to the arrival of tutor Sandra Sue ‘Abby’ Abbot (Betty Buckley), smiles come more quickly to the Bradford kids and love might just be in the air for Tom. In the meantime, the Bradford children mix humor and drama while confronting a host of timeless travails and contemporary controversies such as ‘trial marriages’, UFOS, underage drinking, second mortgages and stolen holidays alongside notable guests like Alice’s Beth Howland, Don Johnson, Gerald McRaney, Will Geer, Robin Williams and Danny Bonaduce.
This month, we’re taking a filmic field trip to New York City in order to co-present a series of special screenings at two treasured venues. Could this be a Warner Archive Roadshow in the making?
WILLIAM LUSTIG PRESENTS: A TRIBUTE TO THE WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION— This November 9 – November 27, the Anthology Film Archives in New York City and filmmaker William Lustig will be presenting a 15 film series tribute to the Warner Archive Collection. Be sure to check out the amazing list of titles, guests and prizes that will be on deck for this unique pre-turkey day seasonal smackdown. Not in New York, but interested in the list of selected films? Check out our tumblr blog!
LISZTOMANIA (1975) at BAM — TONIGHT! November 13 at 7:30 pm! Catch a screening of Ken Russell’s deliriously bonkers musical on an extremely rare and wonderfully preserved 35mm print. Part of BAMcinématek series, “A Quick One, While The Who’s in Town” because The Who are playing down the street. Will Mr. Daltrey be there — secretly in the back? Who knows? Also available on DVD.