Dances with Wolves

  • Directors: Kevin Costner
  • Producers: Jim Wilson, Kevin Costner
  • Writers: Michael Blake
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama, Western
  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A Grant

The film opens during the American Civil War. In a United States Army field hospital, First Lieutenant John J. Dunbar (Kevin Costner) learns that his injured leg is to be amputated. Seeing the plight of fellow soldiers with amputated legs, Dunbar leaves the hospital, steals a cavalry horse, and attempts suicide by riding across the no man’s land between the opposing Union and Confederate positions. His action unexpectedly rallies the Union soldiers, who storm the distracted Confederate defenses to win the battle. Impressed by Dunbar’s actions, the commanding general of the Union forces, Lieutenant General Tide (Donald Hotton), summons his personal surgeon to save Dunbar’s leg. Tide declares Dunbar to be a hero and awards him Cisco, the horse who carried him in battle as well as offering Dunbar his choice of posting. Dunbar requests a transfer to the western frontier and soon after his leg heals he arrives at a fort which is a gateway to the west. This is where he begins to record his frontier experiences in a journal read in voice over.

Dunbar meets Major Fambrough (Maury Chaykin). The Major has slipped into alcohol-fueled delusions of grandeur (apparently believing he is a king and Dunbar a medieval knight). Fambrough scribbles out Dunbar’s orders to report to Captain Cargill at Fort Sedgwick and pairs him off with an uncouth drayage teamster named Timmons (Robert Pastorelli), who is to convey him to his post. After they depart, Fambrough shoots himself in the head.

As Dances With Wolves and Stands With A Fist leave the camp, Wind In His Hair cries out that Dances With Wolves will always be his friend. Soon after, a column of US Cavalry and Pawnee army scouts arrive to find the former Sioux camp site empty. Before the end credits, a note explains that a few years later the last remnants of free Sioux were subjugated to the U.S. Government, ending the conquest of the Western frontier states.

This Gun for Hire

  • Directors: Frank Tuttle
  • Producers: Richard Blumenthal
  • Writers: Story, Graham Greene, Screenplay, Albert Maltz, W R Burnett
  • Genres: Film-Noir, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar

A hit man, called Raven (Ladd), is double-crossed by nightclub owner Willard Gates (Cregar) who acts as a middleman for a traitorous industrialist, the president of Nitro Chemical, Alvin Brewster (Tully Marshall).

Traveling to Los Angeles to kill his way to the top of his betrayers, Raven meets up with Ellen Graham (Veronica Lake) a nightclub magician and singer.

Graham’s been enlisted by a senator to use Gates to find out who is making deals to manufacture poison gas for the Japanese. Ellen’s fianceé Lt. Michael Crane (Robert Preston) tries as best he can to keep up, tracking Raven while wondering if his girlfriend has been kidnapped or is a willing accomplice. Yvonne De Carlo also has a small role.

The Fallen Idol

  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Producers: Carol Reed, Philip Brandon
  • Writers: Graham Greene, additional dialogue, Lesley Storm, William Templeton
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Ralph Richardson, Bobby Henrey, Denis O Dea

The film is told through the naive eyes of a diplomat’s young son, Phillipe, who idolises his best friend, the diplomat’s butler Baines. Baines has constructed a heroic persona, full of exotic adventures, that fascinates the boy. In reality, the servant is stuck in a loveless marriage, while dreaming of happiness with a younger woman (whom he describes to Phillipe as his niece). After Baines has an argument with his jealous wife, she falls from a landing to her death. Although her fall was in fact an accident, Phillipe believes that he has seen Baines deliberately murder her, and the boy’s attempts to protect Baines when the police investigate almost lead to the butler’s arrest.

Die Hard With a Vengeance

  • Directors: John McTiernan
  • Producers: John McTiernan, Michael Tadross
  • Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L Jackson, Larry Bryggman, Graham Greene, Colleen Camp

After a bomb explodes in the early morning at the Bonwit Teller department store in New York City, a man named “Simon” (Irons) telephones the police claiming responsibility, and demands that they play a game of “Simon Says” to prevent any more explosions. Simon demands that NYPD Lt. John McClane walk through Harlem wearing a sandwich board reading, “I hate niggers.” Before McClane can be beaten to death by a group of outraged, young African-Americans, Harlem shopkeeper Zeus Carver (Jackson) steps in to rescue McClane, and together they return to the precinct. There, Simon calls the precinct takes credit for an Astrolite-like bi-component explosive discovered in a major park. Further investigation reveals that several thousand pounds of it were stolen the night before – Simon has enough explosives to level a city block. Simon demands that both Carver join McClane for the remainder of his “game”, directing them to a payphone near a subway station. After tricking the two with the “As I was going to St Ives” riddle, Simon reveals that a bomb is on a subway train that is just leaving the station, and tasks the two to reach the Wall Street subway station 90 blocks away in 30 minutes in order to prevent its detonation. McClane and Carver commandeer a taxi and cut through Central Park to avoid traffic; McClane instructs Carver to continue on surface roads while he gets on the subway car to search for the bomb. McClane finds the bomb and attempts to throw it off the subway. As the train enters the station, it trips over the detonator, causing the subway car to derail and tear through the station.

McClane and Carver are treated for injuries and debriefed, while Carver insists that McClane should call Holly, his estranged wife. Just as he makes the call, however, McClane realizes that an aspirin bottle given to him by Simon comes from a border town in Quebec. Meanwhile, Simon boasts to his men, declaring that, because of the stupidity of the NYPD, they have gone from an army without a country to one which must decide which country to buy. However, McClane and Zeus arrive with a massive force of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and taunt Simon from the safety of a police helicopter. Seething with hatred, Simon tells his men, “I have something personal to finish.” Entering an attack helicopter piloted by his mistress, he attempts to kill McClane and Zeus with a machine gun. Forced into making a crash landing, McClane and Carver are seemingly at Simon’s mercy. Meanwhile, the other copter hovers beneath some nearby power lines, as Simon looks his mortal enemy right in the eyes. However, McClane shoots out the powerline with his last two bullets, which causes the copter to explode in a massive fireball. McClane snarls,”Yippy-ki-yay, motherfucker,” and leaves for a payphone to call Holly.

The Third Man

  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Producers: Alexander Korda, David O Selznick
  • Writers: Graham Greene
  • Genres: Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard

In Austria’s capital city, Vienna, just after the Second World War, when the city is divided into separate zones controlled by the victorious Allied powers – Great Britain, France, the United States, and the Soviet Union – American pulp western author Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives seeking an old friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles), who has offered him the opportunity to work with him in Vienna.

When he arrives at Lime’s apartment, Martins learns that Lime has been recently killed by a lorry while crossing the street. Shocked, he heads to the cemetery to attend Lime’s funeral, where he meets two British military police officers, Sergeant Paine (Bernard Lee), who is an enormous fan of Martins’ books, and his superior, Major Calloway (Trevor Howard). After the services, Calloway gives Martins a lift to his hotel and advises the American to leave Vienna as he can do nothing more than get himself into trouble.

At the hotel, Martins agrees to speak to the members of the local book club at the request of a British cultural official, Crabbin (Wilfrid Hyde-White). He also arranges a meeting with a friend of Lime’s, Baron Kurtz (Ernst Deutsch). Martins meets the man in the Mozart CafГ© to discuss Lime’s death. Kurtz relates that he and Popescu (Siegfried Breuer), another friend of Lime’s, had picked him up and brought him over to the side of the street, where he had asked them to take care of Martins and Anna (Alida Valli), Lime’s actress girlfriend. Kurtz tells Martins which theatre Anna works in, but advises against investigating.

During the shooting of the film, the final scene was the subject of a dispute between Greene, who wanted the happy ending of the novella, and Selznick and Reed, who stubbornly refused to end the film on what they felt was an artificially happy note. This is one of the few areas where Reed and Selznick did not clash during the production.[citation needed]

The Green Mile

  • Directors: Frank Darabont
  • Producers: Frank Darabont, David Valdes
  • Writers: Novel, Stephen King, Screenplay, Frank Darabont
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Graham Greene, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey DeMunn, Patricia Clarkson, Harry Dean Stanton

The Green Mile is a story told in flashback by an elderly Paul Edgecomb (Dabbs Greer, later by Tom Hanks in the younger version of the character) in a nursing home who is talking to his lady friend Elaine about the summer of 1935 when he was a corrections officer in charge of Death Row inmates in Louisiana’s Cold Mountain Penitentiary. His domain was called the “Green Mile” because the condemned prisoners walking to their execution are said to be walking “the last mile”; here it is on a stretch of green linoleum to the electric chair.

One day, a new inmate arrives, John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), a 7-foot-tall black male convicted of raping and killing two young white girls. Upon being escorted to his cell, he immediately demonstrates “gentle giant” character traits: keeping to himself, fearing darkness, and being moved to tears on occasion. Soon enough, Coffey reveals extraordinary healing powers by healing Edgecomb’s urinary tract infection and resurrecting a mouse. Later, he would heal the terminally ill wife of Warden Hal Moores (James Cromwell), who suffered from a large brain tumor. When Coffey is asked to explain his power, he merely says that he “took it back.”

In the present, Edgecomb’s friend questions his statement that he had a fully-grown son in 1935. He explains that he was 44 years old at the time of Coffey’s execution and that he is now 108 and still in excellent health. This is apparently a side effect of the life-giving power of Coffey’s touch: a significantly lengthened lifespan. Mr. Jingles, Del’s mouse resurrected by Coffey, is also still alive — but Edgecomb believes his outliving all of his relatives and friends to be a punishment from God for having Coffey executed. Edgecomb explains he has deep thoughts about how “we each owe a death; there are no exceptions; but, Oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long.”