THE AMBULANCE
1990, Park Circus/MGM, 91 min, USA, Dir: Larry Cohen

When a medical crisis strikes and paramedics show up, they’re usually there to help, but this taut (and sometimes hilarious) thriller from writer-director Larry Cohen turns that notion on its head. Comic book artist Eric Roberts is chatting up Janine Turner on the streets of New York when she collapses and is whisked off in an ambulance - but she never makes it to any of the local hospitals. As Roberts tries to unravel the mystery, snappy reporter Red Buttons and cynical cop James Earl Jones help and hinder him, respectively.


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.


STAR 80
1983, Warner Bros., 103 min, USA, Dir: Bob Fosse

Director Bob Fosse’s final film is based on the true story of Dorothy Stratten (Mariel Hemingway), a Vancouver high school senior romanced by local promoter/pimp Paul Snider (Eric Roberts, in a career-best performance). Groomed as a Playboy model, Stratten becomes Playmate of the Year and is poised for a mainstream film career - but possessive husband Snider can’t bear to see her succeed without him. Co-starring Cliff Robertson as Hugh Hefner and Carroll Baker (BABY DOLL) as Stratten’s mother.


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