NIGHT MOVES
1975, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: Arthur Penn

Gene Hackman plays an ex-football-star-turned-private eye whose life unravels when he finds his wife (Susan Clark) has been unfaithful. Adding to Hackman’s midlife crisis, his job finding a missing teenager (a young Melanie Griffith) goes abruptly sour in a nightmarish labyrinth of betrayals and sudden death, crafted by screenwriter Alan Sharp. With Jennifer Warren.


THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
1972, 20th Century Fox, 117 min, USA, Dir: Ronald Neame

Director Ronald Neame and producer Irwin Allen’s literally titanic disaster epic features a boatload of acting talent - Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Jack Albertson, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens and more - all doing their best to survive the hellish inferno of capsized ocean liner the S.S. Poseidon. Special kudos to Shelley Winters for her unforgettably gutsy performance, and to special effects expert L.B. Abbott and stunt coordinator Paul Stader for some of the most spectacular disaster scenes in movie history, including the famous upside-down ballroom.


CRIMSON TIDE
1995, Buena Vista, 116 min, USA, Dir: Tony Scott

When rebels overrun a Russian ICBM missile site, a U.S. nuclear sub captained by Gene Hackman is dispatched to deal with the problem. A command to launch their nuclear warhead is radioed to the sub, but the follow-up message is interrupted when they’re attacked, thus setting in motion a ferocious test of wills between hawkish Hackman and more circumspect second-in-command Denzel Washington. A brilliantly acted, surprisingly thought-provoking military drama in the vein of FAIL-SAFE, with able support from Matt Craven, Viggo Mortensen and James Gandolfini.


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