Revisiting

REVISITING ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980)

By Alan Hurst Released in the fall of 1980, Robert Redford’s Ordinary People was greeted with laudatory reviews, strong box office and easily found its place as the front runner at that year’s Academy Awards. It’s only in retrospect that people have questioned its win as Best Picture over Martin Scorsese’s searing Raging Bull, but…

Revisiting THE SHOOTIST (1976)

By John H. Foote “I’m a dying man…..afraid of the dark.” – JB Books (John Wayne) Ironically the last time John Wayne was on screen he portrayed a gunfighter dying of cancer while he himself was being ravaged by the disease. Co-stars Ron Howard and James Stewart watched as Wayne gulped oxygen between takes, struggled…