Krakatoa, East Of Java (1969)

Add Comment on June 09, 1969 by BOXOFFICE Staff

   Based on the factual explosion of the volcanic island of Krakatoa in the 1800s -after which the shock wave circled the globe seven times, the blast was heard 3,000 miles away, and a resulting tidal wave and fires killed thousands-this spectacular roadshow production features some of the most beautiful and awesome sights and sounds ever to grace the huge Cinerama screen. At the same time, the pictures carries a tale of high adventure aboard a fictitious ship, the Batavia Queen. The American Broadcasting Cos./Cinerama Inc. presentation was produced by William R. Forman and Lester A. Sansom and marks the feature film debut of Bernard L. Kowalski as director.

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Charly (1968)

Add Comment on September 23, 1968 by BOXOFFICE Staff

   Those who fondly remember the dear, dead days of live TV will recall that Cliff Robertson originally created the leading roles in "The Hustler" and "Days of Wine and Roses," roles subsequently played onscreen by Paul Newman and Jack Lemmon. Not to be outdone for a third time, Robertson bought the rights to another of his TV plays, "The Two Worlds of Charly Gordon," and has carefully nursed that purchase for some time. The end result is "Charly," a Selmur production released by Cinerama, and it's a downbeat, earnest, often moving look at a mentally retarded adult who becomes a supermind as a result of scientific experiments, who falls in love and then must face a gradual recession back to a semi-imbecilic state. Hardly material for a musical comedy.

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Psych-Out

Add Comment on March 06, 1968 by BOXOFFICE Staff

Dick Clark, former TV star and author of many articles on teenage problems, debuts as a full producer with this exploitation film in Pathe Color. Clark also has appeared as an actor in "Because They're Young" and "The Young Doctors." He has chosen the hippies as the subject of his first film and has re-united two stars from "The Trip," Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern, in leading roles. Directed by Richard Rush, "Psych-Out" presents the hallucinatory world of flower children of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, who disavow the ills of society by isolating themselves in a unique culture of their own. Miss Strasberg is famed for originating the role of Anne Frank on Broadway.

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Bedazzled (1967)

Add Comment on December 10, 1967 by BOXOFFICE Staff

Short order cook Dudley Moore is madly in love with waitress Eleanor Bron, but much too timid to approach her. He goes home to hang himself, but the Prince of Darkness (Peter Cook) appears and gives Moore seven wishes in return for Moore's soul. But Cook is sneaky and gives Moore false advice in order to waste the wishes. Moore has no more success in pursuing Bron during his dream-like existences of the wishes than in real life. Chances are no holiday release this year will have audiences laughing as long and hard as "Bedazzled," a gem of satire so aptly titled. This sophisticated romp represents the ideal blending of all the diverse talents which make up the communal efforts of a finished film.

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Persona

Add Comment on March 16, 1967 by BOXOFFICE Staff

"Persona" is the first Ingmar Bergman film to be released here through Lopert Pictures, as the result of an agreement for worldwide distribution between United Artists, Lopert's parent company, and Ab Svensk Filmindistri. Thus this 27th film of the most famous of all Scandinavian film directors is destined to reach a larger audience than any of his previous pictures. And rightly so, for "Persona" is the best Bergman film in five or six years since his major achievements, "Wild Strawberries" and "The Magician." Telling of a psychological contest between an actress-patient who has become mute...

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The Professionals

Add Comment on November 07, 1966 by BOXOFFICE Staff

   Two of the nation's top male draws, Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin, are here given a strong outdoors adventure story written by Richard Brooks, who also directed against magnificently stark Mexican backgrounds photographed in Panavision and Technicolor by Conrad Hall. With Jack Palance and veterans Robert Ryan and Ralph Bellamy in strong roles and the sultry Claudia Cardinale for feminine allure, this is top action fare that should do smash business. Laid during the 1917 Mexican Revolution, the picture starts off with a kidnapping premise but soon develops even greater intrigue and suspense right up to a surprise climax. Lancaster is at his shoot-em-up acrobatic best, Marvin is fine as an embittered Army vet, and Palance excels as a villainous Mexican bandit.

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Batman (1966)

Add Comment on July 30, 1966 by BOXOFFICE Staff

The incredible, incomparable adventures of that intrepid, invicible hero-Batman-and his inseparable, ingratiating aide-de-"camp"-Robin-while combating incorrigible, incurable criminals who concoct ingenious, infamous acts upon indefensible society, made such an instantaneous, indelible impression on innumerable, insatiable millions last January that Batmania has become a biweekly, intriguing, indispensable part of home entertainment. With such a pre-sold audience to draw on, it was inevitable that "Batman" should make his larger-than-life debut in DeLuxe Color. Instead of a si...

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