FROM THE POOL HALL TO THE BASEBALL FIELD TO THE BOXING RING, JULY’S “REEL 13”UNSPOOLS SOME NOT VERY SPORTSMANLIKE ANTICS
Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, John Cusack, and Sylvester Stallone topline the month’s films on THIRTEEN
From adultery on a dart team to Chicago White Sox players on trial for throwing the World Series, the July offerings on “Reel 13” – including “Heartlands,” “The Hustler,” “Eight Men Out” and “Rocky II” — show that, whatever the game, good sportsmanship doesn’t always prevail.
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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.
“Dial M for Murder” (1954) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
A love triangle leads to murder in this classic thriller starring Grace Kelly and Ray Milland. Based on the play by Frederick Knott.
“Heartlands” (2002) Dir: Damien O’Donnell
Michael Sheen is an Englishman stunned to learn of his wife’s affair with the captain of his dart team. With Mark Addy and Jim Carter.
“The Hustler” (1961) Dir: Robert Rossen
A gambler (George C. Scott) stakes pool shark ‘‘Fast Eddie’’ Felson (Paul Newman) in a smoke-filled marathon against Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). With Piper Laurie.
“In the Weeds” (2000) Dir: Michael Rauch
Joshua Leonard, Molly Ringwald and Ellen Pompeo star in story about the lives and loves of servers in a New York bistro.
“Eight Men Out” (1988) Dir: John Sayles
Chicago White Sox players stand trial for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series. With John Cusack. Clifton James and Michael Lerner
“Speakeasy” (2002) Dir: Brandon Murphy
A car accident proves a catalyst in the relationship of two men. David Strathairn, Nicky Katt and Stacy Edwards
“Rocky II” (1979) Dir: Sylvester Stallone
Underdog Philadelphia fighter Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) gets another shot at heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. With Talia Shire and Burgess Meredith.
“Lbs.” (2004) Dir: Matthew Bonifacio
A 315-pound man tries to kick his food addiction by moving to the country. Carmine Famiglietti, Michael Aronov and Miriam Shor
Reel 13 is funded by the Sy Syms Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, and the Rubin Museum of Art. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
David Horn is executive producer. Bob Morris is senior producer. Colleen McHugh is associate producer. Kevin Alexander is production assistant.
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