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Make Tonight a TCM Night!

I was just surfing the TCM (Turner Classic Movies) website to see what will be on tonight and I came across 3 great movies:

Playing at 5:00pm (PST)

This is a fantastic epic and if you have never seen this great film it is a must. It has an all star cast and great direction thanks to Kubrick.

This is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast. The life story of the historical figure Spartacus and the events of the Third Servile War were adapted by Dalton Trumboas a screenplay.

The film stars Kirk Douglas as rebellious slave Spartacus and Laurence Olivier as his foe, the Roman general and politician Marcus Licinius Crassus. Co-starring are Peter Ustinov (who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as slave trader Lentulus Batiatus), John Gavin (as Julius Caesar), Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, John Ireland, Herbert Lom, Woody Strode, Tony Curtis, John Dall and Charles McGraw. The film won four Oscars in all. Anthony Mann, the film’s original director, was replaced by Douglas with Kubrick after the first week of shooting.



Playing at 8:30pm (PST)

This is another great movie. It is about an American military officer discovering his superiors are planning a military coup that will take over the U.S. and deem the sitting president incompetent.

Seven Days in May is an American political thriller novel written by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II and published in 1962. It was made into a motion picture and released in February 1964, with a screenplay by Rod Serling, directed by John Frankenheimer, and starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, and Ava Gardner.



Playing at 10:45pm (PST)

The Way West is a 1967 American epic western film based on the novel by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.. The film stars Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, and Richard Widmark, and features Sally Field in her first major film role. The film was directed by veteran television director Andrew V. McLaglen and featured on-location cinematography by William H. Clothier. Roger Ebert praised the film for its realistic portrayal of settlers and their motivations.


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  1. I wanted to watch the western – I ADORE good old westerns & there just isn’t enough of them anymore – but *snore* – I fell asleep & forgot to set the DVR. I tell ya, old age is a killer (literally – haha!) when it comes to staying awake for a good late evening TV program! I’ll catch it next time around – at an earlier hour hopefully ;- )


    • hepcatrestorations

      Yeah..we can relate. We forgot to set the DVR for Pan AM. I agree about the westerns. They were such a large part of the cinema during the 50’s & earlier. It’s a shame that more movie makers don’t feel the need to explore the western era deeper. The last good western I saw was Open Range. With all the technology we have right now, they can tell a real story.



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