|Movie Title/Year and Brief Description, Including Great Quotes and Scenes|
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The film was one of the most popular, shoot-em-up westerns of all-time. The 'updated' remake from producer/director John Sturges was a adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's Japanese film epic The Seven Samurai (1954) about Samurai warrior-swordsmen that defended a 14th century village.
In this film, the "Magnificent Seven" defended Mexican peasants against bandit leader Calvera (Eli Wallach).
The film made stars of many of its macho actors, notably Steve McQueen as Vin (and the other six gun-slinging American outlaws: Brad Dexter as Harry Luck, Horst Buchholz as Chico, James Coburn as knife-throwing Britt, Robert Vaughn as Lee, Charles Bronson as wood-cutting Bernardo, and Yul Brynner as Chris Adams). It was also noted for Elmer Bernstein's memorable, Oscar-nominated score.
"If he rides in with no idea of the reception we can prepare for him, I promise you we'll all teach him something about the price of corn."
The final stand-off to defend the village between the "Magnificent Seven" and Calvera's gang.
-- And almost all of the other Bond films to follow! See James Bond film Series-Franchise.
This was the first of the James Bond series of action-packed spy thrillers, and it played a key role in establishing the Bond character as a recognizable icon in popular American contemporary culture. All of the films feature clever opening title sequences and trademark theme music, sexy and beautiful women, great diabolical villains, exotic, international locales, the calm manner and witty, subtle humor and repartee of the mythic hero 007, violence, terrific action sequences, stunts and chase scenes, narrow escapes, gimmicks, and great cinematography.
Its predictable formula starred the debonair, dashing and charming British "Secret Agent 007," James Bond (portrayed over the years by numerous dashing actors), with great taste in clothes, wine, food, and exotic, sexy women.
"That's a Smith and Wesson. You've had your six."
The emergence Venus-like from the water of Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress), an innocent, voluptuous island girl/diver wearing a sexy, white bikini and hunting knife, and carrying giant seashells.
The Great Escape (1963)
This critically-acclaimed and box-office champ from director John Sturges was a classic WWII German POW camp (Stalag Luft North) escape tale (based on a true story).
It told about an all-star group of Allied prisoners (American, Canadian, and British), starring Steve McQueen as Allied POW loner Captain Virgil "Cooler King" Hilts, and others including James Coburn, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence and James Garner.
It was based on Paul Brickhill's 1950 factual account of the true story of 76 Allied servicemen POWs during World War II who escaped from Stalag Luft Nord III in Germany. This "great escape' was the largest mass escape during the war. The war film was enhanced by a stirring musical score by Elmer Bernstein.
"It is the sworn duty of all officers to try to escape. If they cannot escape, then it is their sworn duty to cause the enemy to use an inordinate number of troops to guard them, and their sworn duty to harass the enemy to the best of their ability."
The image of Hilts, in a prison cell, endlessly bouncing a baseball against a wall into his baseball mitt, and his exciting (yet ultimately unsuccessful) attempt (actually stuntman Bud Ekins) to escape from the Germans by vaulting a stolen German motorcycle over a six-foot barbed-wire/wooden prison fence at the Swiss border.
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
Sexploitation films always did well with male audiences in grindhouse theatres. 'King of the Nudies' director Russ Meyer's best and most popular work was this overly dramatic, trashy, semi-fantastical, and violent (but without nudity) film that originally failed at the box office. It was considered hard-core in its day.
It starred three buxom go-go dancers by night who went on a murderous desert rampage by day on motorcycles: the blonde Billie (Lori Williams), the masochistic and lesbian-leaning Rosie (Haji), and the villainous, tough, and masculine dominatrix bad-girl Varla (Tura Satana) who wore black leather.
Although a flop and initially reviled by feminists as "juvenile sexism," this cult film has been reassessed as a pro-feminist "female empowerment" epic. In its gender reversal, the female characters were seen as cunning, powerful, supercharged, aggressive and sexually predatory, while the males were either weak, decrepit, sexually impotent or mindless brutes.
A timid, bikini-clad woman named Linda (Sue Bernard, Playboy's December 1966 Playmate) was drugged, kidnapped and taken hostage-captive after witnessing the karate-chopping, back-crunching murder of her cleancut racer boyfriend Tommy (Ray Barlow) in the salt flats.
The scene at a gas station when Varla memorably growled at the dumb attendant when he said he wanted to 'see' America while looking at her chest: "You won't see much of it lookin' there, Columbus!"
The finale included the scene of Varla throwing Rosie's switchblade knife a long-distance into the back of mini-skirted Billie as she walked away and told them she was leaving the gang. Also, Linda ran over Varla with her sportscar.
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