UNFORGIVEN
1992, Warner Bros., 131 min, USA, Dir: Clint Eastwood

Eastwood once again directs Eastwood, this time as reformed killer William Munney, a widowed single father trying to keep his farm. When a young loudmouth who idolizes Munney tells him about a reward for killing some sadistic cowboys who have cut up a whore, Munney finds himself being dragged back into the old life. Enlisting reluctant old comrade Ned (Morgan Freeman), the trio heads for town, unaware of its brutally self-righteous sheriff, Little Bill (Gene Hackman). This harrowingly dark and beautiful film is one of the most complex, uncompromising Westerns ever made, and it won four Oscars in 1993, including Best Picture and Best Director. "…a classic Western for the ages…a tense, hard-edged, superbly dramatic yarn that is also an exceedingly intelligent meditation on the West, its myths and its heroes..." -Todd McCarthy, Variety


SUPERMAN
1978, Warner Bros., 143 min, USA, Dir: Richard Donner

The film that set the standard for all big-screen comic-book adaptations, before or since. Virtual unknown Christopher Reeve is brilliantly cast as the heroic Man of Steel and his bumbling counterpart Clark Kent, with terrific support from Margot Kidder as Lois Lane and Gene Hackman as Superman’s arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor.


HOOSIERS
1986, MGM Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: David Anspaugh

Gene Hackman is a high school basketball coach in 1950s Indiana whose methods - and his choice of the alcoholic Shooter (Dennis Hopper) as assistant coach - are second-guessed by nearly everyone in town. But his belief that teamwork is more important than star players eventually brings the school to the state championships. Based on actual events, HOOSIERS remains one of the most inspiring sports movies ever made. With Barbara Hershey.


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