THE LIMEY
1999, Lionsgate, 89 min, USA, Dir: Steven Soderbergh

This complex crime thriller features a tour-de-force performance by Terence Stamp as Wilson, a British ex-con who travels to Los Angeles to investigate the death of his daughter. As her friends Eduardo (Luis Guzman) and Elaine (Lesley Ann Warren) help Wilson fill in the blanks about his beloved Jenny - whom he hadn’t seen since she was a child - the trail leads to the girl’s former boyfriend, Terry Valentine. A record producer/drug dealer played by a superb Peter Fonda, Valentine dodges Wilson and sends a hit man after him, but neither the assassin, a team of bodyguards nor the DEA can prevent “the limey” from confronting his child’s killer. Masterfully directed by Steven Soderbergh, the film employs footage from a 1967 film, starring Stamp, to cut back and forth between the present day and Wilson’s back-story.


THE HIRED HAND
1971, Sundance Channel, 90 min, USA, Dir: Peter Fonda

This quietly unassuming but powerful Western languished for decades in obscurity - until it was recently restored in a beautiful new print through the efforts of director and star Peter Fonda, editor Frank Mazzola and the Sundance Channel. After many years away, world-weary Harry (Peter Fonda) returns to the family farm with easygoing pal Arch (the superb Warren Oates), only to be greeted by bitter wife Hannah (Verna Bloom). Determined to settle down, Harry’s healing relationship with Hannah is imperiled when grudge holders from the past threaten him. The stunning, near-hallucinatory cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond looks even better today than it did in 1971. Not to be missed!


THE TRIP
1967, MGM Repertory, 85 min, USA, Dir: Roger Corman

Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern and Susan Strasberg star in this Jack Nicholson-scripted story of a burned-out TV commercials director who takes the ultimate acid trip. American International Pictures changed the ending without Corman’s approval to suggest a more anti-drug stance; still, the film captures the Sunset Strip at the height of its lurid, frenzied glory. Music by The Electric Flag.


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