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I knid of figured CUTTHROAT ISLAND had to be in there. But which other ones did you like? I must admit the two I sat through were complete and utter BOMBs in my estimation: HEAVEN'S GATE and GIGLI.Jeff
I liked SAHARA quite a bit, and I really liked THE 13TH WARRIOR. THE POSTMAN was okay, and I liked RED PLANET. Haven't seen the others. Well, I did see HEAVEN'S GATE. Wasn't fond of that one.
I liked the climactic shoot-out in HEAVEN'S GATE. I wonder if Harlan Ellison sued anyone over SOLDIER.
THE 13TH WARRIOR was pretty good, and so was SAHARA. It looks like the real problem with these movies was the budget. Over $100 million for TOWN & COUNTRY, a comedy? Gah.
I liked most of The Alamo (the capture of Crockett was a crock) and the nude scene in Heaven's Gate was worth the $1.00 rental fee. I think Cleopatra should be on this list.
DW Griffith's INTOLERANCE is also missing from this list. I'd hate to see the inflation adjustment on that one. I suspect CUTTHROAT might well've earned back a solid chunk by now in video money (including tv showings)...which, say, RED PLANET (recently boring and unbelievable in repeats on the Ion network), probably not so much.TOWN AND COUNTRY was the worst film exMST3K guy Kevin Murphy saw in his year of seeing a film in a theater every day project. I'll buy that.
I was thinking about INTOLERANCE too, but I was unsure how big a bomb it really was. Conversely, BIRTH OF A NATION is one of the biggest smashes of all time, right? That's also my biggest WTF moment as regards movies, btw.
The rough citation of production cost for INTOLERANCE was $2 million, which at least one inflation calculator would put at about $45 million today...and promotion costs were apparently thumping. (BOAN conversely was an expensive picture at something like $150K.) INTOLERANCE sunk Triangle Pictures, but I don't know if that was the first single film to kill a studio.
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