Thursday, 11 July 2019

Cary Grant

Cary Grant - 52 Highest Rated Movies

Cary Grant (born Archibald Alec Leach 1904 – 1986) was an English-born American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He began a career in Hollywood in the early 1930s and became known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, light-hearted approach to acting, and sense of comic timing. He became an American citizen in 1942.

Grant was born in Bristol, England. He initially appeared in crime films or dramas such as Blonde Venus (1932) and She Done Him Wrong (1933), but later gained renown for his appearances in romantic comedy and screwball comedy films such as The Awful Truth (1937), Bringing Up Baby (1938), His Girl Friday (1940), and The Philadelphia Story (1940). These films are frequently cited among the greatest comedy films. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Penny Serenade (1941) and None but the Lonely Heart (1944).

In the 1940s and 1950s, Grant forged a working relationship with director Alfred Hitchcock, appearing in films such as Suspicion (1941), Notorious (1946), To Catch a Thief (1955), and North by Northwest (1959). Hitchcock admired Grant and considered him the only actor that he had ever loved working with. Towards the end of his film career, Grant was praised by critics as a romantic leading man, and he received five nominations for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, including Indiscreet (1958) with Ingrid Bergman, That Touch of Mink (1962) with Doris Day, and Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn. He is remembered by critics for his unusually broad appeal as a handsome, suave actor who did not take himself too seriously.

Grant was married five times, three of them elopements with actresses Virginia Cherrill (1934–1935), Betsy Drake (1949–1962), and Dyan Cannon (1965–1968). He retired from film acting in 1966 and pursued numerous business interests, representing cosmetics firm FabergĂ© and sitting on the board of MGM. He was presented with an Honorary Oscar by his friend Frank Sinatra at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970, and he was accorded the Kennedy Center Honors in 1981. In 1999, the American Film Institute named him the second greatest male star of Golden Age Hollywood cinema. (Wikipedia)


Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

The Awful Truth (1937)

His Girl Friday (1940)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

That Touch of Mink (1962)

To Catch a Thief (1955)

To Catch a Thief (1955)

North By Northwest (1959)

North By Northwest (1959)

Charade (1963)

Cary Grant

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Sunday, 7 July 2019

John Wayne

John Wayne - 100 Highest Rated Movies

Marion Morrison (born May 26, 1907 – died June 11, 1979), known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor, filmmaker, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. He was among the top box office draws for three decades.

John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa but grew up in Southern California. He was president of Glendale High School class of 1925. He found work at local film studios. He lost a football scholarship to the University of Southern California as a result of a bodysurfing accident, and began working for the Fox Film Corporation. He appeared mostly in small parts, but his first leading role came in Raoul Walsh's Western The Big Trail (1930), an early widescreen film epic which was a box-office failure. Leading roles followed in numerous B movies during the 1930s, most of them also Westerns. In 1934, he starred as Ted Hayden in the western West of the Divide. John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) made him an instant mainstream star, and he starred in 142 motion pictures altogether. According to one biographer, "John Wayne personified for millions the nation's frontier heritage."

Wayne's other roles in Westerns include a cattleman driving his herd on the Chisholm Trail in Red River (1948), a Civil War veteran whose niece is abducted by a tribe of Comanches in The Searchers (1956), a troubled rancher competing with a lawyer (James Stewart) for a woman's hand in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), and a cantankerous one-eyed marshal in True Grit (1969), for which he received the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also remembered for his roles in The Quiet Man (1952), Rio Bravo (1959) with Dean Martin, and The Longest Day (1962). In his final screen performance, he starred as an aging gunfighter battling cancer in The Shootist (1976). He appeared with many important Hollywood stars of his era, and made his last public appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony on April 9, 1979. (Wikipedia)


Red River (1948)

Fort Apache (1947)

The Searchers (1956)

The Quiet Man (1952)

True Grit (1969)

McLintock (1963)

Stagecoach (1939)
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014


RoboCop (1987) Directed by Paul Verhoeven. 102mins (103mins)

Peter Weller     -     Officer Alex Murphy / RoboCop
Nancy Allen     -     Officer Anne Lewis
Dan O'Herlihy     -     The Old Man
Ronny Cox     -     Dick Jones
Kurtwood Smith     -     Clarence Boddicker
Miguel Ferrer     -     Bob Morton
Robert DoQui     -     Sergeant Reed
Felton Perry     -     Johnson
Ray Wise     -     Leon
Paul McCrane     -     Emil

Music by Basil Poledouris

Rutger Hauer and Michael Ironside were both considered for the role of RoboCop.

The original cut of the film was so violent it was re-edited and submitted to the MPAA 12 times before it was finally given an R rating.

Cost $13m - Box Office $53.4m (US)

The Old Man: Old Detroit has a cancer. That cancer is crime. 

Bob Morton: What are your Prime Directives? 
RoboCop: Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law. 

Bixby Snyder: I'd buy that for a dollar! 

RoboCop: Dead or alive, you're coming with me! 
Emil: I know you! You're dead! We killed you! We killed you!

RoboCop: Your move, creep.

RoboCop 2 (1990) Directed by Irvin Kershner. 117mins.

Peter Weller  - Alex Murphy/ RoboCop
Nancy Allen  - Officer Anne Lewis
Belinda Bauer  - Dr. Juliette Faxx
Dan O'Herlihy  - The Old Man
Felton Perry  - Johnson
Tom Noonan  - Cain
Roger Aaron Brown  - Whittaker
Willard E. Pugh  - Mayor Kuzak
Gabriel Damon  - Hob

Music by Leonard Rosenman.

After the success of the first film Paul Verhoeven was approached to direct the sequel but he turned it down and went on to direct Total Recall (1990) instead.

The Robo suit for this film was made of fiberglass and was much lighter and easier to move in.

Cost N/A - Box Office $45.6m (US)

Cain: You want me? 
RoboCop: Dead or alive. 
Cain: One of us must die.
RoboCop: Dead, then.

RoboCop 3 (1993) Directed by Fred Dekker. 104mins.

Robert John Burke – RoboCop / Alex Murphy
Nancy Allen – Anne Lewis
Remy Ryan – Nikko Halloran
Rip Torn – The CEO
John Castle – Commander Paul McDaggett
Jill Hennessy – Dr. Marie Lazarus
CCH Pounder – Bertha
Felton Perry – Johnson
Robert DoQui – Sgt. Warren Reed
Bradley Whitford – Jeffrey Fleck
Daniel von Bargen – Moreno
Stephen Root – Coontz
Bruce Locke – Otomo
Mako – Kanemitsu

Music by Basil Poledouris

Filmed in 1991, released in 1993, cause of delay was the production company, Orion, going bankrupt.

The first in the series to be rated PG-13.

Cost $22m - Box Office $10.6m (US)

The CEO: Well, I gotta hand it to ya... what do they call you? Murphy, is it? 
Robocop: My friends call me Murphy. You call me... Robocop.


RoboCop (2014) Directed by Jose Padilha. 118mins.

Joel Kinnaman     -     Alex Murphy / RoboCop
Gary Oldman     -     Dr. Dennett Norton
Michael Keaton     -     Raymond Sellars
Abbie Cornish     -     Clara Murphy
Jackie Earle Haley     -     Mattox
Michael K. Williams     -     Officer Jack Lewis
Jennifer Ehle     -     Liz Kline
Jay Baruchel     -     Pope
Marianne Jean-Baptiste     -     Karen Dean
Samuel L. Jackson     -     Pat Novak

Music by Pedro Bromfman

A reboot of the original 1987 movie.

Michael Fassbender was considered for the role of Robocop.

Cost $100m (est.)

Alex Murphy: What kind of suit is this? 
Dr. Dennett Norton: It's not a suit, it's you. 
Alex Murphy: What the hell did you do to me?