Tin Man

  • Directors: Nick Willing
  • Producers: Robert Halmi Jr, Robert Halmi Sr, Steven Long Mitchell, Matthew O Connor, Michael O Connor
  • Writers: Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Western
  • Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Neal McDonough, Alan Cumming, Raoul Trujillo, Kathleen Robertson, Richard Dreyfuss

DG (Zooey Deschanel) is a small-town waitress who feels that she does not fit into her Kansas farm life and has visions of a lavender-eyed woman (Anna Galvin) warning her that a storm is coming. Her visions are realized when the sorceress Azkadellia (Kathleen Robertson), tyrannical ruler of the O.Z. (Outer Zone), sends her Longcoat soldiers through a “travel storm” to kill DG. DG escapes through the storm into the O.Z. and befriends several of its inhabitants: Glitch (Alan Cumming), who had half of his brain removed by Azkadellia; Wyatt Cain (Neal McDonough), a former “Tin Man” law enforcer who was locked in an iron suit for years as punishment for opposing Azkadellia; and Raw (Raoul Trujillo), a “viewer” whose people have been enslaved by Azkadellia. DG receives a magical symbol on her palm and learns that her Kansan parents are androids and that her real mother is the lavender-eyed woman of her visions. Visiting the Mystic Man (Richard Dreyfuss) in Central City and continuing on to the Northern Island, the group learns that Glitch was once the advisor to the Queen of the O.Z. and that DG and Azkadellia are actutally sisters and the daughters of the Queen. DG remembers that Azkadellia killed her using dark magic when they were children, but their mother revived her by light magic and gave her secret instructions on how to find the Emerald of the Eclipse, which Azkadellia now seeks. Azkadellia confronts the group with her Longcoats and mobats, capturing DG and Raw. Cain fights the Longcoat captain Zero (Callum Keith Rennie) and learns that his wife and son, whom he thought Zero had killed, are still alive. Zero shoots Cain, sending him falling into a lake of ice.

The party heads farther south in search of DG’s father Ahamo (Ted Whittall). Tutor’s treachery is discovered but he is allowed to stay with the group in his canine form. In the Realm of the Unwanted they are led into a trap: Glitch, Raw, and Cain are captured by Zero, but are freed by resistance fighters led by Cain’s son Jeb (Andrew Francis). Zero reveals the scope of Azkadellia’s plan, which is to use the Emerald of the Eclipse in combination with a machine called the Sun Seeder to lock the O.Z.’s two suns in place behind the moon during an upcoming eclipse, covering the land in permanent darkness. The Sun Seeder had been designed by Glitch during his time as the Queen’s advisor, and the removed portion of his brain is being used to control it. Meanwhile, DG meets Ahamo and the two travel by hot air balloon to the hidden mausoleum of the O.Z.’s royal line. DG learns that the Gray Gale is Dorothy Gale, her “greatest great-grandmother” and “the first slipper” to travel to the O.Z. from Earth. She enters Dorothy’s tomb, finding herself in a black-and-white representation of her Kansas farm and receiving the Emerald from Dorothy. Azkadellia arrives, capturing both Ahamo and the Emerald and leaving DG trapped in a sarcophagus. DG escapes using magic and is reunited with her friends, and together they infiltrate Azkadellia’s fortress as she locks the suns in place. DG clasps hands with Azkadellia, freeing her from the witch’s possession just as her companions reverse the Sun Seeder’s pulse, destroying the witch. DG and Azkadellia are reunited with their parents as the suns emerge from behind the moon, shedding their light on the O.Z.

Piranha 3 D

  • Directors: Alexandre Aja
  • Producers: Alexandre Aja, Mark Canton
  • Writers: Alexandre Aja, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, Chuck Russell
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Elisabeth Shue, Steven R McQueen, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd, Jerry O Connell, Dina Meyer, Jessica Szohr, Riley Steele

The fictional Lake Victoria is the caldera of a prehistoric volcano. Each 4th of July weekend, the population of Lake Victoria, Arizona swells from 5,000 to 50,000 as young people flood the town to celebrate. When tremors tear open a crack in the lake floor, millions of piranha are released. But Sheriff Julie Forester Elizabeth Shue is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.

Poseidon

  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Paul Gallico, Paul Attanasio, Mark Protosevich
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Lucas, Jacinda Barrett, Richard Dreyfuss, Jimmy Bennett, Emmy Rossum, Mike Vogel, Stacy Ferguson, Andre Braugher, Kevin Dillon

The SS Poseidon, a luxury ocean liner named for the Greek god of the sea, is making a transatlantic crossing.

The opening focuses on an introduction of the main characters. Nineteen-year-old[2][3][4][5] heroine[6] Jennifer Ramsey (Emmy Rossum) and her boyfriend Christian (Mike Vogel) are a young couple hoping to be engaged, but her father, former New York City Mayor Robert (Kurt Russell), has doubts about their relationship. Elena (Mía Maestro), a traveling stowaway, is going to see her ill brother in New York. She is being helped by Valentin (Freddy Rodriguez), a waiter on the ship’s staff who met her in a club and agreed to smuggle her on board. Dylan Johns (Josh Lucas) is a smooth-talking professional gambler who develops feelings for a woman, Maggie James (Jacinda Barrett), who has a son, Connor (Jimmy Bennett), to whom Dylan grows close to throughout the movie, and Richard Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss) is an architect left distraught by his lover’s breaking up with him.

Most of the passengers are at a New Year’s Eve party in the ship’s ballroom, unaware of the danger about to befall them. However, a depressed Nelson, awaiting a midnight phone call from his ex-boyfriend that never comes, sees a 150-foot high rogue wave in the calm open ocean, heading towards the ship. The wave crashes into the starboard side of the ship, causing it to capsize and killing most of the passengers on its decks. As the ship rotates 180 degrees and submerges from the impact, the windows in the hallway explode from the intense force of the wave, causing water to flood into the ship and it begins to sink.

Calm is restored in the ballroom after Captain Michael Bradford (Andre Braugher) assures the passengers that rescue boats are on their way and will be there in a couple of hours. A small group of passengers (see above) ignore his attempts to keep them in the ballroom and flee, with the bulkhead doors sealing behind them. Due to the buildup of pressure, the water breaks through into the ballroom, killing all those who stayed behind. They attempt to head toward the bow of the ship, where they believe they will have the best chance of escaping the capsized liner. Fighting through many hazards (flooding the ballasts, negotiating an elevator shaft with a table, etc…), they ultimately arrive at the bow and escape through the propeller tube by blowing apart the turbines with a canister of explosive gas. They jump out of the tube and find a life raft as the Poseidon sinks. They then fire a signal flare, and are rescued by Coast Guard choppers.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips
  • Writers: Steven Spielberg
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Terri Garr

In the Sonoran Desert, Claude Lacombe (François Truffaut) and David Laughlin (Bob Balaban), along with other government scientific researchers discover a lost squadron of World War II aircraft. The planes are intact and operational, but there is no sign of the pilots. At Air Traffic Control in Indianapolis, Indiana, an air traffic controller listens as two airline flights almost have a mid-air collision with an apparent UFO. In nighttime Muncie, Indiana, three-year-old Barry Guiler (Cary Guffey) is awakened when his toys start operating automatically, forcing his mother Gillian (Melinda Dillon) to chase after him.

Meanwhile, during a nearby large-scale power outage, Indiana electrical lineman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) experiences a close encounter on a dark country road and is soon caught up in a police chase of four UFOs. Roy becomes fascinated by UFOs, much to the dismay of his wife, Ronnie (Teri Garr). He also becomes increasingly obsessed with mental images of a mountain and begins to make models of it. Gillian also becomes obsessed with sketching a unique-looking mountain. Soon after, she is terrorized by a UFO encounter in which Barry is abducted by unseen beings. Meanwhile, Roy’s increasingly erratic behavior causes Ronnie to leave him, taking the couple’s three children with her. When a despairing Roy inadvertently sees a TV news program about a train wreck near Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, he realizes the mental image plaguing him is real. Gillian sees the same broadcast, and she and Roy, as well as others with similar experiences, head toward the site.

While the people drawn to the site are unable to reach Devils Tower, Roy and Gillian persist and make it to the site as dozens of UFOs appear. An enormous mother ship lands, returning people who had been abducted over the years, including Barry. Officials recognize and then hastily prepare Roy to be taken on board the ship. As a last one of the aliens lingers with the humans, Lacombe uses Kodály Method hand signs that correspond to the five-note alien tonal phrase. The alien replies with the same gestures, smiles, and returns to its ship, which lifts off into the night.

W

  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Producers: Moritz Borman, Jon Kilik, Bill Block, Oliver Stone
  • Writers: Stanley Weiser
  • Genres: Biography, Drama
  • Actors: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, James Cromwell, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Dreyfuss, Toby Jones, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Scott Glenn, Bruce McGill, Jennifer Sipes, Noah Wyle, Ioan Gruffudd

George W. Bush (Josh Brolin) endures an alcohol-fueled initiation by fellow Yale students as a pledge for the fictional Delta Iota Kappa fraternity. During the hazing, Bush successfully recalls the names and nicknames of many of the fraternity members and states that his father’s political legacy is one he has no interest in. After the younger Bush is jailed for rowdiness after a baseball game, his father, Texas Congressman George H.W. Bush (James Cromwell), states that he will help his son, but only for the last time. Bush quits an oil patch job soon after and is accepted into Harvard Business School, and gets into a drunken fight with his father that night. Bush reveals his real aspirations in a father-son talk: being a baseball manager.

At a poker game Bush announces he will run for Congress in Texas. At a barbecue Bush meets Laura Welch (Elizabeth Banks), his future wife. Bush is criticized by his opponent, Democrat Kent Hance, who says that Bush is not a “real Texan” and has spent campaign contributions to throw an alcohol fueled party to underage Texas Tech University students. Bush does poorly in the debate and loses the election, but with the highest number of votes for a Republican candidate in the county’s history.

Bush has a nightmare in which his father accuses him of ruining the Bush legacy, which he claims was intended for Jeb. Later, he dreams of playing center field in a baseball game, in which he cannot find the ball.

American Graffiti

  • Directors: George Lucas
  • Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Gary Kurtz
  • Writers: George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack

The story is presented in a series of vignettes focused on the four main characters—Curt Henderson (Richard Dreyfuss), Steve Bolander (Ron Howard), John Milner (Paul Le Mat), and Terry “The Toad” Fields (Charles Martin Smith). The four meet in the Mel’s Drive-In parking lot at sunset as a car radio plays a rock and roll station. Steve and Curt are preparing to leave town to attend college in the East, and this is the last night they will spend with their friends. Despite receiving a scholarship from the local Moose Lodge, Curt is reluctant to head off for the unknown, but Steve is eager to get out of Modesto. His girlfriend Laurie (Cindy Williams), Curt’s younger sister, is unsure of his leaving, to which he suggests they see other people while he is away to “strengthen” their relationship.

Steve and Curt are off to the freshman Sock Hop, but John goes off to cruise the streets in his yellow deuce coupe. Steve lets Terry have his 1958 Chevy Impala for the evening and while he will be away at college. While cruising down 10th street, Curt sees a beautiful blonde girl (Suzanne Somers) in a white 1956 Ford Thunderbird. She mouths “I love you” before disappearing down the street. After leaving the hop, Curt is coerced into riding with a gang of greasers who call themselves “The Pharaohs.” He learns that disc jockey Wolfman Jack broadcasts from just outside of town (despite rumors to the contrary), and inside the dark, eerie radio station Curt encounters a bearded man he assumes to be the manager. Curt hands the manager a message for the “Blonde in T-Bird” to call him or meet him. As he walks away, Curt hears the voice of the Wolfman and realizes he had been speaking with him.

The next morning, the sound of a phone ringing in a telephone booth wakes Curt. He answers; it is the mysterious blonde girl. She tells him she might see him cruising tonight, but Curt replies that’s not possible, because he will be leaving town. At the airfield, Curt says goodbye to his parents, his sister, and his friends. While saying goodbye to Laurie, he asks Steve to join him. Steve tells him he is staying in town and enrolling in junior college instead. As the plane takes off, Curt gazes out of the window at the town and the life he is leaving behind. As he watches, he sees the white Ford Thunderbird, which belongs to the mysterious blonde. Curt smiles, and as the movie ends but prior to the closing credits, the fates of the main characters are depicted: John was killed by a drunk driver in December 1964; Steve became an insurance agent in Modesto, California; Terry “The Toad” was reported missing in action in December 1965 near An Loc, Vietnam; Curt was living in Canada as a writer.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips
  • Writers: Steven Spielberg
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Terri Garr

In the Sonoran Desert, Claude Lacombe (François Truffaut) and David Laughlin (Bob Balaban), along with other government scientific researchers discover a lost squadron of World War II aircraft. The planes are intact and operational, but there is no sign of the pilots. At Air Traffic Control in Indianapolis, Indiana, an air traffic controller listens as two airline flights almost have a mid-air collision with an apparent UFO. In nighttime Muncie, Indiana, three-year-old Barry Guiler (Cary Guffey) is awakened when his toys start operating automatically, forcing his mother Gillian (Melinda Dillon) to chase after him.

Meanwhile, during a nearby large-scale power outage, Indiana electrical lineman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) experiences a close encounter on a dark country road and is soon caught up in a police chase of four UFOs. Roy becomes fascinated by UFOs, much to the dismay of his wife, Ronnie (Teri Garr). He also becomes increasingly obsessed with mental images of a mountain and begins to make models of it. Gillian also becomes obsessed with sketching a unique-looking mountain. Soon after, she is terrorized by a UFO encounter in which Barry is abducted by unseen beings. Meanwhile, Roy’s increasingly erratic behavior causes Ronnie to leave him, taking the couple’s three children with her. When a despairing Roy inadvertently sees a TV news program about a train wreck near Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, he realizes the mental image plaguing him is real. Gillian sees the same broadcast, and she and Roy, as well as others with similar experiences, head toward the site.

While the people drawn to the site are unable to reach Devils Tower, Roy and Gillian persist and make it to the site as dozens of UFOs appear. An enormous mother ship lands, returning people who had been abducted over the years, including Barry. Officials recognize and then hastily prepare Roy to be taken on board the ship. As a last one of the aliens lingers with the humans, Lacombe uses Kodály Method hand signs that correspond to the five-note alien tonal phrase. The alien replies with the same gestures, smiles, and returns to its ship, which lifts off into the night.

My Life in Ruins

  • Directors: Donald Petrie
  • Producers: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Michelle Chydzik, Nathalie Marciano
  • Writers: Mike Reiss, Nia Vardalos
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Alexis Georgoulis

Georgia (Nia Vardalos) is a Greek American tour guide, who leads an assorted group of misfit tourists around Greece. Tourists who would rather buy a T-Shirt than learn about history. In a clash of personalities and cultures, everything seems to go wrong. Until one day when a very special tourist, Irv Gordon (Richard Dreyfuss), shows her how to have fun and take a good look at the last person she’d ever expect to find love with…her quiet and sexy Greek bus driver (Alexis Georgoulis).[4][3]

Jaws

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: David Brown, Richard D Zanuck
  • Writers: Novel, Peter Benchley, Screenplay, Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb, Uncredited, Howard Sackler
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton

The film begins at a late night beach party on Amity Island, from which a young woman named Chrissie Watkins (Susan Backlinie) leaves to go skinny dipping. She strips naked on the beach and dives into the water leaving her date Cassidy drunk and passed out on the beach. While in the water, she is suddenly jerked around and then pulled under by an unseen force, all while screaming in terror for help. The next morning, Amity’s new police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) is notified that Chrissie is missing. Brody and his deputy Len Hendricks (Jeffrey Kramer) find her mutilated remains washed up on the shore. The medical examiner informs Brody that the victim’s death was due to a shark attack. Brody, who fears the ocean, heads out to close the beaches, but is intercepted and overruled by the town mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), who fears that reports of a shark attack will ruin the summer tourist season which is the town’s major source of income. The medical examiner says he was wrong about a shark attack and tells Brody that it was a boating accident. Brody reluctantly goes along with this.

A week later, a young boy named Alex Kintner is attacked and eaten by a shark while swimming off a crowded beach. Mrs. Kintner places a $3,000 bounty on the animal, sparking an amateur shark hunting frenzy and attracting the attention of local professional shark hunter Quint (Robert Shaw). Quint interrupts a town meeting to offer his services; his demand for $10,000 is taken “under advisement”. Brought in by Brody, marine biologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) conducts an autopsy on Chrissie’s remains and concludes she was killed by a shark. Soon after a large tiger shark is caught by a group of novice fishermen, leading the town to believe the problem is solved, but an unconvinced Hooper measures mouth and find that the “bite radius” (the width and shape of a bite) did not match up to the remains of the first victim. He asks to examine the contents of the shark’s stomach sinch its digestion was so slow that whatever it ate within the last 24 hours would be undigested. Because Vaughn refuses to make the “operation” public, saying he did not want the Kinter kid spilled out on the dock, Brody and Hooper return after dark and learn that the captured shark does not contain human remains, just fish and garbage. Scouting aboard Hooper’s state-of-the-art boat, they come across the half-sunken wreckage of local fisherman Ben Gardner’s boat. Hooper dons a wetsuit and discovers a giant shark tooth, that of a large great white shark, and another victim, Gardner. The shock of encounter Gardner’s remains causes causes Hooper to drop the tooth. Vaughn still refuses to close the beach; on the Fourth of July the beaches are covered in tourists. While a prank triggers a false alarm and draws the authorities’ attention, the real shark enters an estuary, kills a life guard, and nearly kills Brody’s oldest son Michael. Brody forces a stunned Vaughn to hire Quint. Brody and Hooper join the hunter on his boat, the Orca, and the trio set out to kill the man-eater.

With the Orca immobilized, the trio try a desperate approach; Hooper dons his scuba gear and enters the ocean inside a shark proof cage, intending to stab the shark in the mouth with a hypodermic spear filled with strychnine nitrate. The shark instead destroys the cage, causing Hooper to lose the spear and flee to the seabed. As Quint and Brody raise the remnants of the cage, the shark throws itself onto the boat, crushing the transom and causing the boat to begin sinking. Quint slides down towards the shark, kicking it and stabbing it with his machette in vain, before being pulled underwater and devoured. Blood spills out his mouth. Brody retreats to the boat’s cabin, which is now partly submerged, and throws a pressurized air tank into the shark’s mouth when it rams its way inside. Brody takes Quint’s M1 Garand rifle and climbs the rapidly-listing mast of the boat where he temporarily fends off the attacker with a harpoon. The shark circles around and charges one last time at Brody, who is now only a foot or so above the water. Brody starts firing at the air tank still wedged in the shark’s mouth. Snarling “Smile you son of a bitch!”, he fires again and scores a hit, and the highly pressurized tank blows the shark’s head to pieces and sends the rest of its body to the bottom of the ocean in a massive cloud of blood. Hooper surfaces and reunites with Brody, whereupon the two survivors use the leftover flotation barrels to construct a makeshift raft and paddle back to Amity Island.