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Panther
Written by Melvin Van Peebles

A fictionalized account of the short -- (1966 - 1970) -- and violent history of the Black Panther Party. Vietnam veteran, Judge (Kadeem Hardison), is slowly drawn to the revolution happening on the streets of Oakland, California by Black Panther Party founders, Bobby Seale (Courtney B. Vance), and Huey Newton (Marcus Chong).

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Peeping Tom
Written by Leo Marks

A sympathetic, yet deeply disturbing portrait of a mild-mannered serial killer who likes to invoke terror in his victims. Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm), traumatized by the sadistic childhood treatment of his father, A.N. Lewis (director Michael Powell), begins murdering women while filming their dying expressions of terror. Director, Michael Powell, implicates the audience in the murders by making them a voyeur to Mark's crimes.
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Phone Booth
Written by Larry Cohen

Sleazy New York publicist Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) is cheating on his wife Kelly (Radha Mitchell) with Pamela McFadden (Katie Holmes). Kelly checks the cell phone bills so Stu has to call Pamela from a phone booth. After completing his call, Stu answers the ringing phone and takes a call from a sniper (Voice of Keifer Sutherland) who threatens to kill Stu if he hangs up.

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The Pianist
Written by Ronald Harwood
Based on a book by Wladyslaw Szpilman

Based on a true story. Classical, Jewish pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody), struggles to stay alive during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw in 1939.

NOTE: Nominated for 7 Academy Awards and winner of 3 - Best Actor, Adrien Brody - Best Director, Roman Polanski - and Best Adapted Screenplay, Ronald Harwood.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
Written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio
Based on a screen story by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie & Jay Wolpert

Pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) attempt to rescue Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) from the clutches of Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), the pirate captain of the ship "The Black Pearl."

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Platoon
Written by Oliver Stone

"Platoon" follows newly arrived, fresh-faced volunteer Pvt. Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) on his 1967 tour-of-duty in the Vietnam war. Chris' platoon is lead by two sergeants, the good-natured and laid back Elias Grodin (Willem Dafoe) and the brutal psychopath Robert Barnes (Tom Berenger). The two sergeants clash when Elias arrives in time to prevent a bloody massacre of innocents by Barnes and his followers.

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner for best picture 1987. (Was nominated for best original screenplay.)
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Portrait Of Jennie (1948)
Written by Paul Osborn, Peter Berneis, Ben Hecht and David O. Selznick
Based on a novel by Robert Nathan
Adaptation by Leonardo Bercovici

Artist Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten), is struggling trying to make ends meet, but no one wants to buy his uninspired paintings of landscapes or flowers. But when Eben meets the lovely Jennie Appleton (Jennifer Jones), he becomes obsessed with painting her portrait and unraveling her mysterious secret.
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The Princess Bride
Written by William Goldman

Offbeat fairy tale about a beautiful young woman, Buttercup (Robin Wright), who is kidnapped by a gang trying to create an international incident. Pursuing the gang is the Dread Pirate Roberts, the man who killed her one true love Westley (Cary Elwes) and Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) the evil man to whom she is to marry.

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The Producers
Written by Mel Brooks

Failing Broadway Producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and neurotic accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) devise a plan to make a fortune by intentionally producing a bad Broadway show. (If the show flops, the investors won't try to collect if they think it did not make money.) To insure that the play goes bust on the first night, Max and Leo decide to produce an offensive musical called "Springtime For Hitler" with washed up director Roger De Bris (Christopher Hewett) and strung-out flower-child Lorenzo St. DuBois (Dick Shawn) as Hitler. With a play this bad, what could go wrong...?!

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner of best original screenplay 1968.

Mel Brooks has recently adapted "The Producers" to itself be a Broadway musical. To date it has won 10 Tony awards.
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The Program (1993)
Written by David S. Ward and Aaron Latham

The Eastern State University Fighting Wolves football team is struggling. The team has failed to get a bowl bid for the last two seasons and the university president informs Coach Winters (James Caan) that if they don't reach a bowl game this year, heads will roll. Can Coach Winters make a winning football team out of a group of misfits?

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The Prophecy
Written by Gregory Widen

Homicide detective, Thomas Daggett (Elias Koteas), while investigating a murder, finds that the corpse is not quite human. The discovery of an ancient bible with the corpse tells of a coming war to be waged on earth by angels led by the malevolent Archangel Gabriel (Christopher Walken).

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Psycho
Real estate secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), desperate to find a way to be with her in-debt lover, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), embezzles $40,000 from her boss, then goes on the run. Using back roads to evade capture, Marion, eventually ends up at the out-of-the-way Bates Motel, where the shy-but-kind manager, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), offers her a room, a meal, and a sympathetic ear. But then Marion meets Mother...

"Uh-uh, Mother-m-mother, uh, what is the phrase? She isn't quite herself today..."
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The Public Eye
Written by Howard Franklin

1940's New York City freelance photographer Leon 'Bernzy' Bernstein (Joe Pesci) has one rule -- don't get involved, just take the picture. But when nightclub owner Kay Levitz (Barbara Hershey) asks Bernzy to investigate her dead husband's shady business dealings, Bernzy becomes involved in more than he could ever imagine.

NOTE: The character of Bernzy was inspired by the life of photographer Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig. Some of the photographs shown in the movie are, in fact, Weegee's. Check out some of his great photographs here.
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Pulp Fiction
Written by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary

This multi-plot story involves interconnecting, time-jumping episodes that come together in the end where the movie began! Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are sent to retrieve an item stolen from their boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). After a life altering incident, Jules begins to question his purpose in life. Vincent is asked by Marsellus to escort Mrs. Wallace (Uma Thurman) to a night out on the town knowing that her last escort met with a rather unpleasant near-death experience at the hands of her husband. Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) is a prize fighter who refuses to take a dive and angers Marsellus. Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) are small time thieves who pick the wrong restaurant to rob.

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner of best original screenplay 1994.
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