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» Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
A family scandal causes a wealthy and powerful Mexican rancher to make the pronouncement "Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!" Two of the bounty-hunters thus dispatched encounter a local piano-player in their hunt for information. He does a little investigating on his own and finds out that his girlfriend knows about Garcia's death and his last resting place. Thinking that he can make some easy money and gain financial security for he and his (now) fiancée, they set off on the quest. Of course, it only brings him untold misery, in the form of trademark Peckinpah violence. Based on the novel by Frank Kowalski and written for the screen and directed by Sam Peckinpah (of The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs). "There ain't nothing sacred about a hole in the ground or the man that's in it. Or you. Or me." (1974)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

7/24 - 7/31
» The Jerk
Navin R. Johnson (Steve Martin) is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as the adopted son of a black family but on his 18th birthday he strikes out to discover the rest of the world. So off he goes - hitching a ride to St. Louis! There, unfortunately, everyone exploits his naivety. But when a simple invention brings him a fortune his world is turned upside down. Hands down, it's one of the funniest films from the 1970s and this will be an exciting event! Co-starring Bernadette Peters as Marie, directed by Carl Reiner and co-written by Steve Martin and Carl Gottlieb. "Huh? I am *not* a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? ..." (1979)
The Jerk

8/1 - 8/7
» Purple Rain
Set in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this is the (semi-autobiographical) story of The Kid (Prince), a talented but troubled musician who's the leader the group The Revolution - currently the hottest act in town. While The Kid rocks out with his band he has an upsetting personal life and a totally dysfunctional family. The Kid then meets and falls for an aspiring singer and dancer Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero) while competing with rival musician and singer Morris Day (Morris Day). Of course, there's more than enough drama between the various musicians and their egos but it all pales in comparison the the music. Prince's musical talent is simply undeniable (his acting may be another story though). Credit must be given to first time director and writer Albert Magnoli for creating one of the most memorable films of the 1980s. "Let me give you a piece of advice, junior: your music make sense to no one... but yourself." (1984)
Purple Rain

8/8 - 8/14
» Say Anything...
An improbable couple meets after high school graduation and must deal with their friends, family, and other pressures just to stay together. Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) is an average at best kickboxer with a good heart but limited ambition. Diane Court (Ione Skye) is an aloof genius who is very closely protected by her father James (John Mahoney). When Diane gets a scholarship to study in England, she has a weighty decision to make that will change all their lives. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe (of Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire). "How many of them really know what they want, though? I mean, a lot of them think they have to know, right? But inside they don't really know, so... I don't know ,but I know that I don't know." (1989)
Say Anything...

8/15 - 8/21
» Wall Street
Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is an ambitious stock trader who will do just about anything to get into the big leagues. He has been actively courting Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), one of the biggest stock speculators on Wall Street. Gekko manipulates the market using inside information and his motto best describes his approach: "greed is good." Nothing will stop him from pursuing a good deal and he takes advantage of Bud's burning to desire to succeed. Soon, Bud finds himself getting shady information and using it to gain an advantage. It all comes to a head however when Gekko targets Blue Star airlines, the company where Bud's father Carl (Martin Sheen) has worked for 24 years. They're secretly planning to break it up and plunder the employees' retirement fund. Directed and co-written by Oliver Stone. "Stop going for the easy buck and start producing something with your life. Create, instead of living off the buying and selling of others." (1987)
Wall Street

8/22 - 8/28
» Rain Man
Charlie (Tom Cruise) is a hustler. He's been on his own long enough to know how to work people and situations. He finds that the father who threw him out as a teenager has died. He's left him a now antique convertible and something more important, a previously unknown brother, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman). He's autistic, but he can calculate complicated mathematical problems in his head with great speed and accuracy. Their father has left his fortune to Raymond who doesn't even understand what money is for. Charlie's enraged by what has happened and by his father keeping Raymond's existence hidden. He kidnaps Raymond from his residential home and plans on taking him to Las Vegas to make some serious cash. The two begin a long road trip that will lead them to an understanding of each other. Directed by Barry Levinson. "What you have to understand is, four days ago he was only my brother in name. And this morning we had pancakes." (1988)
Rain Man

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