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Best Movies by Farr: 3:10 to Yuma

December 28, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses a suspenseful western film, directed by Delmer Daves. 3:10 to Yuma (1957) What It's About: Heflin plays Dan Evans, a local rancher in need of cash due to a drought who, to save his livelihood, takes on the dangerous task of guarding and escorting outlaw Ben Wade (Glenn ...

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Best Movies by Farr: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

December 17, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses Mervyn LeRoy's Oscar-nominated prison movie, starring Paul Muni. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) What It's About: Sentenced to ten years on a chain gang for a restaurant holdup he was forced to participate in, hard-luck WWI vet James Allen (Paul Muni) sees his dreams ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Thomas Crown Affair

December 10, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses Steve McQueen's coolest film, directed by Norman Jewison. Thomas Crown Affair (1968) What It's About: After suave tycoon Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) plans and executes a bank robbery for his own amusement, crack insurance investigator Vicky Anderson (Faye Dunaway) is assigned to the case. As Crown and Anderson ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Zorba the Greek

November 15, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses the multiple Oscar-winning movie starring Anthony Quinn, directed by Michael Cacoyannis. Zorba the Greek (1964) What It's About:On his way to Crete to resuscitate a mine inherited from his father, buttoned-down British writer Basil (Alan Bates) meets Zorba (Anthony Quinn), a lusty, larger-than-life figure who agrees to ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Cop Land

November 12, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses the best Sylvester Stallone movie, written and directed by James Mangold. Cop Land (1997) What It's About:Half deaf Freddy Heflin (Sylvester Stallone) is sheriff of a quiet New Jersey suburb whose residents include a large percentage of New York cops, including local hot-shot Ray Donlan (Harvey Keitel). ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Kramer vs. Kramer

October 21, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses the movie that won Dustin Hoffman his first Oscar, directed by Robert Benton. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) What It's About:On the brink of a big promotion, caffeinated, pre-occupied ad-man Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) gets the wind knocked out of him when wife Joanna (Meryl Streep) abruptly announces ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Seven Days in May

October 14, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses the powerful political thriller starring Burt Lancaster, directed by John Frankenheimer. Seven Days in May (1964) What It's About:Outraged that US President Jordan Lyman (Fredric March) has signed a nuclear disarmament treaty with the Soviets, Gen. James M. Scott (Burt Lancaster) plots a coup d'etat with other ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Red River

October 12, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses first of five Howard Hawks/John Wayne features. Red River (1948) Bitter, unyielding cattle breeder Tom Dunson (John Wayne) has been forced to take his large herd through treacherous territory to save his business. His adopted son Matthew (Montgomery Clift, in his film debut)-orphaned years ago in an ...

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Best Movies by Farr: The Letter

October 5, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses one of Bette Davis' classic films, directed by William Wyler. The Letter (1940) When Leslie Crosbie (Bette Davis), mistress of a rubber plantation in Malaysia, shoots and kills a male friend who pops in and makes advances, trusting husband Robert (Herbert Marshall) wants to protect his shaken ...

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