The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music
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Good Movies 1969
True Grit Starring John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn, Kim Darby as Mattie, Glen Campbell as the good guy and Robert Duvall as the bad guy. Also appearing Dennis Hopper and Strother Martin. Wayne finally got his Oscar for this well deserved part as a falling drunken gunmen. All around good movie, good story and good performances
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - Directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Gig Young, Susannah York and Red Buttons. A depression era dance marathon turns into a murder case of euthanasia. It gained nine Oscar nominations and one win to Gig Young for Best Supporting Actor, yowzer, yowzer, Yowzer... It was the film that made Sydney Pollack famous.
Take the Money and Run - Written, Directed and starring Woody Allen. This was the beginning of Woody Allen movies as we know them today. The first mockumentary of a failed criminal with an overload of slapstick physical comedy. It also starred Janet Margolin and Louise Lasser.
The Wild Bunch - Directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates and Ben Johnson. Basically a remake of the very successful Magnificent Seven in 1963, this group of aging and cynical heroes takes place in 1913 Mexico. The inventive, but over the top graphic violence made this movie and its director Sam Peckinpah big news and big box office. Like Bonnie and Clyde in 1967 much of the success of this movie was dependent upon the new special effect, the sqiubs! Wireless detonated explosive bags of blood actors wore under their clothing.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
B Movies 1969
All Monsters Attack
Blood of Dracula's Castle
Gamera vs. Guiron
Hollywood News 1969
Midnight Cowboy - Directed by John Schlesinger, and starring Dustin Hoffman and newcomer Jon Voight. One of the most controversial movies of all time with an X rated release winning Best Picture and Best Director. Jon Voight plays a Texas dishwasher who moves to New York to hustle sex any way the wind blows. He is befriended by crippled Ratso Rizzo who lives on the street. This is an emotional story of friendship, loyalty and love transcending class and criminality. If you can get past the ending of this movie without welling up you are hard.
Academy Awards 1969
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross and Strother Martin. A somewhat historic rollicking journey through the lives of two unsuccessful bandits as the American West faded away. Steve McQueen jumped ship over top billing, Warren Beatty and Marlon Brando were close to parts but Director George Hill demanded Robert Redford. Newman's part was changed from playing the Sundance Kid to Butch Cassidy and Redford became a super star as the Sundance Kid. The movie won Oscars for writing and music. The famous line of the movie was when they had to make a long jump off a cliff into a river Redford balked saying "I can't swim!" Newman famously replied, "You crazy? The fall'll probably kill you!"
Easy Rider - Produced by Peter Fonda, Directed by Dennis Hopper, written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern and starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and the infamous performance by Jack Nicholson which sent him to super stardom. It is said no director was harder to work with than Dennis Hopper on this movie who was often so high he would beat people up. Easy Rider, along with the Graduate and Bonnie and Clyde before it was when Hollywood finally accepted the new wave of avant-gard film post classical movie making.
Romeo and Juliet
The Love Bug
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