THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE
1984, Park Circus/MGM, 120 min, USA, Dir: Stuart Rosenberg

Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts star as a pair of hard-luck thieves determined to make one big score, in director Stuart Rosenberg’s lyrical New York crime drama. Watch for excellent supporting work from a gallery of great character actors, including M. Emmet Walsh, Burt Young, Philip Bosco and a wonderful, snarling performance by Geraldine Page as a grieving mother.


ROXANNE
1987, Sony Repertory, 107 min, USA, Dir: Fred Schepisi

Steve Martin was never better than as long-nosed Colorado fire chief C.D. Bales in this sparkling update of Cyrano de Bergerac. Daryl Hannah is the titular beauty who catches the eye of a rookie fireman (Rick Rossovich) reliant on Bales’ way with words for his love letters to her. Martin penned the screenplay to this charming romantic comedy, among the best of the 1980s - the film’s barroom challenge to devise 20 nose jokes is just one example of the writer-star’s razor-sharp wit.


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