George Burns, Walter Matthau and Steve McQueen Topline July’s Reel 13 on THIRTEEN
“Oh, God!,” “The Sunshine Boys” and “The Thomas Crown Affair” among this month’s offerings
George Burns is the voice of God advising the unassuming John Denver in Carl Reiner’s 1977 film Oh, God! on July 13. Burns teams with comedy legend Walter Matthau for a role that won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 80 in The Sunshine Boys on July 20. Rounding out the month’s Classic selections on July 27, Steve McQueen doubles as a self-made Boston billionaire and the mastermind behind a major heist in The Thomas Crown Affair.
July’s Indie features include the Australian film Jindabyne, and the American films Lbs. and The Accidental Death of Joey By Sue.
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.
“Oh, God!” (1977) Dir: Carl Reiner
God selects an assistant grocery manager as his messenger for the modern world. With George Burns, John Denver and Teri Garr.
“Jindabyne” (2007) Dir: Ray Lawrence
An Irishman in Australia discovers a murdered girl while on a fishing trip. With Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne and John Howard.
“The Sunshine Boys” (1975) Dir: Herbert Ross
Two old vaudevillians renew their friendship and their feud. With Walter Matthau, George Burns and Richard Benjamin.
“Lbs.” (2004) Dir: Matthew Bonifacio
A 315-pound man tries to kick his food addiction by moving to the country. With Carmine Famiglietti, Michael Aronov and Miriam Shor.
“The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968) Dir: Norman Jewison
Steve McQueen as a Boston tycoon who pulls off a daring bank heist just for kicks. With Faye Dunaway and Paul Burke.
“The Accidental Death of Joey By Sue” (2010) Dir: Neal Thibedeau, Sarah Louise Wilson.
A young couple has 24 hours to decide if their love should live or die. With Steve Talley, Mercedes Le Anza and Lin Shaye.
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