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Old 26-12-2004, 12:00   #21
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Paths of Glory undoubtedly, though the short nineties animation The Big Story deserves an honorable mention - loosely based on his Ace in the Hole character, it's an affectionate, and charming, send-up. I'm sure Kirk would approve.
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Old 26-12-2004, 18:56   #22
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I've only seen him in the film Greedy
I thought it was OK
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Old 28-12-2004, 01:42   #23
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Only just found this thread, but since he's my favourite actor I have to put my two cents in...

Lonely are the Brave is my favourite of his - so moving, so brilliant.

Then Ace In The Hole (from my favourite director, Billy Wilder), and I have a real soft spot for Saturn 3.

And of course I understand your love for the Vikings - a great piece of Hollywood trash... puts modern blockbusters (as that's what it really is) to shame.
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Old 28-12-2004, 22:28   #24
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Great to see so many fans of Mr Douglas Sr.

I wouldn't use the word 'trash' to describe The Vikings (even though I'm sure you meant it in a nice way!), but I agree that it definitely puts modern 'epics' like Troy to shame.
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Old 29-12-2004, 22:29   #25
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its hard to pick just 1 film but think it would be
The List of Adrian Messenger
lots of great cameo by big stars in this

i hope one day there release it on dvd
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Old 29-12-2004, 22:40   #26
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Great post!
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Old 30-12-2004, 08:39   #27
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Apart from the obvious spartacus and the vikings I quite like 20,000 leagues under the sea. Must be one of earliest film memories from xmas tv 1972 or thereabouts.
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Old 23-06-2005, 17:39   #28
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Anybody got a clue what this is; Ace in The Hole. It can't be can it? AITH should be a Paramount release, and I suppose the date in brackets should tell me something, but there is no 2005 equivalent. I'm stumped.

EDIT - documentary on Saddam Hussein apparently

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There's a gay porn movie called Ace in the Hole (don't ask me how I know zis) but I'm assuming Sony wouldn't release something of that bent (pardon the useless pun).

Has a tv movie remake been made of the original?
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Spartacus... no I'm Spartacus.........
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Another vote for Paths of Glory, excellent film.
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The Man Without A Star is a decent King Vidor western starring ol' dimple chin
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As reported in the 'Upcoming' thread, two more in October for Douglas fans from Paramount in R1; his first film appearance The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (released at last from PD hell) and the excellent Detective Story.
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I have always been a huge fan of De Palma's The Fury......some great Douglasing about in that one !
Love this film. Slo mo rules.
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Some footnotes on the back of the 1994 Universal laserdisc Lonely Are The Brave - it was the first B&W film shot in Panavision and to quote Kirk Douglas at the time " I thought Brave Cowboy ( title of novel film was derived from)was ironic. I wanted to call it the Last Cowboy. (Universal) finally decided....that it should be called Lonely Are The Brave. To this day, I'm not quite sure what it means."

It mentions he had starred in seventy five movies at that time - and that besides becoming a cult classic " It is still my favorite." I should add that the sweeping views afforded by Panavision coupled with the Black & White photography never fails to impress me, especially the latter part of the film when Kirk Douglas is pursued into the mountains. For anyone who has not seen it in its OAR it would be nice if Universal gave this cinematic gem a release to dvd.

I crack up everytime watching the scene where he knocks out George Kennedy (playing the hateful cop) high in the mountains and places his tooth in Kennedy's shirt pocket - lost when Douglas had a late night "visit" in jail - telling him - " My treat".

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I'm leaning toward "Detective Story," from memory, for a small(er) film and "Spartacus" for a big one.

As for the film in which Douglas gives the best performance... It's hard. He's real good (and totally overlooked as an actor. I think "Tough Guys" did it).
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No love for 'The list of Adrian Messenger'?

Yes it's hampered woefully by the star cameos, but it's still a good bit of entertainment.
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and Ace in The Hole still not had a DVD release?
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I have just watched my Lust for Life and I have to report that I feel emotionally bombarded and pulverised by the visceral power of the movie, mainly due to the performance from Kirk, the rainbow direction of Minnelli and the Rozsa music. I think I might even nominate this as K's best, certainly better than Paths of Glory which I also saw again recently and thought it very heavy-handed in the liberal politics department.
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