Academy Award-Winning Films The Big Country and Platoon Featured in April’s Reel 13 Classic Lineup
This month’s star-powered independents include “The World’s Fastest Indian” and “The Answer Man”
The Reel 13 April schedule opens with The Big Country on April 5 about two feuding ranching families in the American West. Burl Ives was honored with an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rufus Hannassehis, the patriarch of one of those families. Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning film Platoon, which details a young soldier’s tour of duty in Vietnam, follows on April 26. The film, which is the first in a trilogy of Vietnam War movies by Stone (followed by 1989′s Born on the Fourth of July and 1993′s Heaven & Earth), is also on the American Film Institute’s “100 Years…100 Movies” list.
Also airing in April are two highly suspenseful films, Dressed to Kill and The Bad Seed. In the former, after a housewife is murdered, a young prostitute, the victim’s son and psychiatrist find themselves entangled in the murder investigation. In the latter, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson, a housewife begins to suspect that her daughter is a killer.
April’s independent films include Anthony Hopkins and Diane Ladd headlining The World’s Fastest Indian and Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Kat Dennings and Tony Hale top lining The Answer Man.
Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña. The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to Reel13.org who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.
“The Big Country” (1958) Dir William Wyler
Burl Ives plays a family patriarch involved in a bitter land feud. With Gregory Peck, Caroll Baker, Jean Simmons and Charlton Heston.
“The World’s Fastest Indian” (2005) Dir: Roger Donaldson
New Zealander Burt Munro developed an Indian motorcycle that set a world speed record in 1967. With Anthony Hopkins and Diane Ladd.
“Dressed to Kill” (1980) Dir Brian De Palma
A psychiatrist (Michael Caine), a prostitute (Nancy Allen) and the son of a slain woman (Angie Dickinson) try to track down the dead woman’s killer. Also with Dennis Franz.
“The Answer Man” (2009) Dir John Hindman
A single mother and a man fresh out of rehab seek advice from a reclusive author of spiritual books. With Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Kat Dennings and Tony Hale.
“The Bad Seed” (1956) Dir Mervyn LeRoy
Odd fatal accidents lead a woman (Nancy Kelly) to realize that her eight-year-old daughter (Patty McCormack) was born to kill. Also with Henry Jones and Eileen Heckart.
“I Am Love” (2009) Dir Luca Guadagnino
A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. With Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti and Edoardo Gabbriellini.
“Platoon” (1986) Dir Oliver Stone
Two sergeants and a private join others lost in war along the 1967 Cambodian border. With Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Forest Whitaker, Kevin Dillon, John C. McGinley and Johnny Depp.
“Down Terrace” (2009) Dir Ben Wheatley
A crime family seeks to unmask a police informant who threatens to take down their business. With Robert Hill, Robin Hill, Julia Deakin and David Schaal.
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