Far fetched, but compelling thriller, is based on the novel by Ira Levin about an aging Nazi hunter who uncovers a diabolical plot orchestrated by Nazi death-camp doctor, Josef Mengele. Seeing Laurence Olivier in an Oscar nominated role and Gregory Peck cast against type, is fun and they are surrounded by a solid cast. Well edited film is consistently entertaining, if rather ludicrous.
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Brian De Palma’s follow-up to Carrie is another supernatural thriller about teens with psychic abilities. Former government agent Peter Sandza searches for his missing son, kinapped by a close associate in order to harness his paranormal abilities for evil. Along the way, Peter meets a psychic girl who aides him in his quest. Kirk Douglas’s overwrought performance and seeing Carrie Snodgress, 30 years younger, play his girlfriend, are just a couple of the unintentionally hilarious bits that make this movie so entertaining. Darryl Hannah’s film debut.
Gary Busey not only did his own singing, but even lost 32 lbs to play Buddy Holly in this sensational musical biography of the singer from Lubbock Texas. Despite reportedly playing fast and loose with facts, the film is extremely entertaining. Busey was rightfully nominated for an Oscar for his effective portrayal.