Reel 13 – October Lineup

Air date: 10/06/2012

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Sheen, Guy Pearce, & Minnie Driver Topline October’s Reel 13 Indies on THIRTEEN


Bette Davis’ classic tearjerker “Dark Victory” and acclaimed westerns, “The Searchers” and “The Unforgiven,” among the month’s Classic offerings


Philip Seymour Hoffman, currently starring in “The Master,” kicks off October’s independent films on Reel 13 with his 2003 “Owning Mahowny,” also starring Minnie Driver and John Hurt.

“Animal Kingdom” (with Guy Pearce and Joel Edgerton), “Between Notes” and “Heartlands” (with Michael Sheen) fill out the Independent roster for the rest of the month.

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 who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.



“Dark Victory” (1939) Dir: Edmund Goulding

Bette Davis as an heiress with only months to live, embarking on a social whirl. With Humphrey Bogart and George Brent.

 “Owning Mahowny” (2003)  Dir: Richard Kwietniowski

Philip Seymour Hoffman as a bank manager with a gambling habit, based on a true story about the largest one-man bank fraud in Canada. With Minnie Driver and John Hurt.



“The Searchers” (1956) Dir: John Ford

John Wayne as a Confederate veteran searching for a kidnapped girl. With Natalie Wood, Jeffrey Hunter, and Vera Miles.

“Between Notes” (2010) Dir: Christopher Grissom

A contemporary musical about a depressed musician who meets a girl who changes his life. With Summer Ames, Shelby Cook and Brittany Joyner.



“The Unforgiven” (1960) Dir: John Huston

A Texas woman and her eldest son fight Kiowa Indians over an adopted daughter. With Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy and Lillian Gish.

 “Animal Kingdom” (2010) Dir: David Michôd

A 17-year-old boy’s bid for survival in a family of criminals.  With James Frecheville, Guy Pearce and Joel Edgerton



“Rain Man” (1988) Dir: Barry Levinson

A wheeler-dealer (Tom Cruise) meets his brother (Dustin Hoffman), an institutionalized autistic-savant and heir to $3 million.

 “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.


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