MinM » Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:13 pm wrote:MacCruiskeen » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:34 pm wrote:Has anyone here seen the film Executive Action, made in 1973 and directed by David Miller? I haven't, yet, but it's recommended today in a blogpost by Mathias Bröckers, who also mentions that the film was withdrawn from circulation only two weeks after its premiere - "Not because it was badly made or even poorly cast (Burt Lancaster, a veritable star, played the lead [alongside Robert Ryan]), but because it presents a background to the assassination -- the military-industrial complex -- that comes far closer to the truth than either the lone-gunman hypothesis or any [imagined] conspiracy of Mafia bosses."
The praise and critiques are all valid .. here's some more background on it ..MinM » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:18 pm wrote:The Consul wrote:8bitagent wrote:Can anyone recommend films in league with Network, Blow Out, The Shining, Taxi Driver, Parallax View, THX 1138, 2001, 2001, Seconds, etc? It seems like that 68-81 period yielded some of the best cinema ever. Actually more specific films with an "RI" element.
A forgotten one: Executive Action starring Burt Lancaster. 1973. Watched in context of the time, it's revealing.
BTW a few other Burt Lancaster films in this genre...
Seven Days in May (1964)
Executive Action (1973)
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1978)
The Osterman Weekend (1983)
Mark Lane wrote Executive Action with Donald Freed and Dalton Trumbo (one of the 'Hollywood 10').
Casting Watch: Bryan Cranston Will Play Blacklisted Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Upcoming Biopic
Well, this is exciting. Bryan Cranston, star of AMC's "Breaking Bad," will play blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in an upcoming biopic, "Trumbo."
John McNamara penned the script, adapted from the book by Bruce Cook. It centers on Trumbo's status as Hollywood's highest paid screenwriter, to a man imprisoned in 1950 for refusing to answer questions hurled at him by HUAC (House UnAmerican Activities Committee), to a prolific screenwriter operating under false pen names, to the man who ultimately broke the blacklist when given his real screen credit in 1960's Stanley Kubrick-directed "Spartacus," starring Kirk Douglas.
Jay Roach, who in 2012 took home a DGA award for "Game Change" starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, is helming. He's perhaps most well-known for the "Austin Powers" films and the first two films in the "Meet the Parents" franchise. So we'll see what he does with this distinctly unfunny and dark chapter in American history.
The film is set for a 2014 start, and marks Cranston's first major role following the hotly popular AMC series, for which he's won three Emmys -- and is nominated for another one at the annual Emmys ceremony this coming weekend (September 22). "Breaking Bad" has its final episode September 29.
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