Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Spielberg role: Director

Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Action | Adventure
Main Cast: Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), Karen Allen (Marion), Paul Freeman (Belloq), Ronald Lacey (Toht), John Rhys-Davies (Sallah), Denholm Elliott (Brody)
Release Year: 12 June 1981
Country: US
Run Time: 115 min

 Spring 1936. In the thick jungle of the South American continent, a renowned archeologist and expert on the occult is studying fragments of a map, when one of his exploration party pulls a gun. The archeologist pulls out a bullwhip and with such disarms the turncoat, sending him running - thus does Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones stay alive. He and a guide enter a dank and oppressively vast cave that contains several traps created by the ancient race which hid inside a famous handheld statue; Indy barely escapes such traps but is cornered by native tribesmen served by Belloq, an old enemy who arrogantly makes off with the statue, while Indy must flee for his life and escape on a friend's seaplane. Back in the US two agents from US Army intelligence tell him of Nazi German activities in archeology, including a gigantic excavation site in Egypt - a site that an intercepted cable indicates to Indy is the location of the Ark of the Covenant, the powerful chest bearing the Ten Commandments, that the Nazis can use to obliterate any enemy. Indy must recruit a former girlfriend (the daughter of his old professor) and an old chum in Cairo to infiltrate the Nazi site and make off with the Ark, but along the way Indy gets involved in a series of fights, chases, and traps, before the Nazis learn the full power of the Ark.
Written by Michael Daly - (IMDb.com)


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Track listing

The Raiders March [2:52]
Main Title South America, 1936 [4:10]
In The Idol's Temple [5:26]
Flight From Peru [2:20]
Journey To Nepal [2:11]
The Medallion [2:55]
To Cairo [1:29]
The Basket Game [5:04]
The Map Room Dawn [3:52]
Reunion And The Dig Begins  [4:10]
The Well Of The Souls [5:28]
Airplane Fight [4:37]
Desert Chase [8:15]
Marion's Theme [2:08]
The German Sub/To The Nazi Hideout [4:32]
Ark Trek [1:33]
The Miracle Of The Ark [6:05]
The Warehouse [0:56]
End Credits [5:23]

Monday, December 21, 2009

Used Cars (1980)

Spielberg role: Executive Producer

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Genre: Comedy 
Main Cast: Kurt Russell (Rudolph 'Rudy' Russo), Jack Warden (Roy L. Fuchs/Luke Fuchs), Gerrit Graham (Jeff), Deborah Harmon (Barbara Jane Fuchs) 
Release Year: 11 July 1980
Country: US
Run Time: 113 minutes

Used car salesman Rudy Russo needs money to run for State Senate, so he approaches his boss Luke. Luke agrees to front him the $10,000 he needs, but then encounters an "accident" orchestrated by his brother Roy, who runs the car lot across the street. Roy is hoping to claim title to his brother's property because Roy's paying off the mayor to put the new interstate through the area. After Luke disappears, it's all out war between the competing car shops, and no nasty trick is off limits as Rudy and his gang fight to keep Roy from taking Luke's property. Then Luke's daughter shows up. Written by Ed Sutton (http://www.imdb.com) 


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1. The Devil And Max Devlin (03:10) by Marvin Hamlisch
2. Used Cars (02:30) by Patrick Williams
3. Norma Rae (03:30) by David Shire
4. The Beast Within (04:10) by Les Baxter
5. Scavenger Hunt (03:40) by Billy Goldenberg
6. The Lone Ranger And The Lost City Of Gold (02:30) by Les Baxter
7. Chapter Two by Marvin Hamlisch
8. Missing (03:00) by Vangelis
9. Raise The Titanic (03:45) by John Barry
10. The In-Laws (02:45) by John Morris
11. Big Wednesday (02:50) by Basil Poledouris
12. Hero At Large (01:50) by Patrick Williams
13. Zelig (02:20) by Dick Hyman
14. The Final Conflict (03:40) by Jerry Goldsmith
15. They Might Be Giants (01:20) by John Barry

Saturday, December 19, 2009

1941 (1979)

Spielberg role: Director

Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Comedy | War
Main Cast: John Belushi, Ned Beatty, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Stack, Warren Oates, Tim Matheson, Christopher Lee, Treat Williams, Slim Pickens 
Release Year: 14 December 1979
Country: US
Run Time: 118 minutes

It's been six days since the attack on Pearl Harbor. Panic grips California, supposedly the next target of the Japanese forces. Everywhere in California, people are suffering from war nerves. Chaos erupts all over the state. An Army Air Corps Captain, a civilian with a deranged sense of Nationalism, civilian defenders, and a Motor Pool crew all end up on the trail of a lost Japanese sub that has picked Hollywood as their own target. Will these people be able to defend their homes? Will they be able to preserve the safety in California? Will they be able to get a hold of themselves? Written by David Rivera  (http://www.imdb.com) 


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Music by: John Williams
The March From 1941
The Invasion
The Sentries
Riot At The U.S.O.
To Hollywood And Glory
Swing, Swing, Swing
The Battle Of Hollywood
The Ferris Wheel Sequence
The Finale

Friday, December 18, 2009

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Spielberg role: Director/Writer 

Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
Main Cast: Richard Dreyfuss (Roy Neary), François Truffaut (Claude Lacombe), Melinda Dillon (Gillian Guiler), Cary Guffey (Barry Guiler), Teri Garr (Veronica "Ronnie" Neary), Bob Balaban (David Laughlin) Release Year: 16 November 1977
Country: US
Run Time: 124 minutes

In the Sonoran Desert, French scientist Claude Lacombe (François Truffaut) and his American translator David Laughlin (Bob Balaban), along with other government scientific researchers discover a lost squadron of World War II aircraft. The planes are intact and operational, but there is no sign of the pilots. Later, at Air Traffic Control in Indianapolis, Indiana, an air traffic controller listens as two airline flights almost have a mid-air collision with an apparent UFO. In nighttime Muncie, Indiana, three-year-old Barry Guiler (Cary Guffey) is awakened when his toys start operating automatically. Fascinated, he gets out of bed and runs outside, forcing his mother Gillian (Melinda Dillon) to chase after him.

Meanwhile, during a nearby large-scale power outage, Indiana electrical lineman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) experiences a close encounter with a UFO on a dark country road and is soon caught up in a police chase of four UFOs. Roy becomes fascinated by UFOs, much to the dismay of his wife, Ronnie (Teri Garr). He also becomes increasingly obsessed with mental images of a mountain-like shape and begins to make models of it. Gillian also becomes obsessed with sketching a unique-looking mountain. Soon after, she is terrorized in her home by a UFO encounter in which Barry is abducted by unseen beings, despite her attempts at securing her house. Meanwhile, Roy's increasingly erratic behavior causes Ronnie to leave him, taking their three children with her. When a despairing Roy inadvertently sees a TV news program about a train wreck near Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, he realizes the mental image plaguing him is real. Gillian sees the same broadcast, and she and Roy, as well as others with similar experiences, head toward the site.

Elsewhere in the world, the pace of UFO activity is increasing. Lacombe and Laughlin investigate a host of occurrences along with other United Nations experts. Witnesses report the UFOs make distinctive sounds: a five-tone musical phrase in a major scale. Scientists broadcast the phrase to outer space but are mystified by the response—a seemingly arbitrary series of numbers repeated over and over—until Laughlin recognizes it as a set of geographical coordinates pointing to Devils Tower. All parties begin to converge on Wyoming. The United States Army evacuates the area, planting false reports in the media that a train wreck has spilled a toxic nerve gas, all the while preparing a secret landing zone for the UFOs and their occupants.

While most of the civilians who are drawn to the site are apprehended by the Army, Roy and Gillian persist and make it to the site just as dozens of UFOs appear in the night sky. The government specialists at the site begin to communicate with the UFOs by use of light and sound. Following this, an enormous mother ship lands at the site, returning people who had been abducted over the years, including Barry. As the communication between the humans and UFOs continue using light and sound signals, the government officials determine to include Roy in a group of people whom they have selected to be potential visitors to the mothership, and hastily prepare him. As the aliens finally emerge from the mothership, they select Roy to join them on their travels. As Roy enters the mothership, one of the aliens lingers for a few moments with the humans. Lacombe uses Kodály Method hand signs that correspond to the five-note alien tonal phrase. The alien replies with the same gestures, smiles, and returns to its ship, which lifts off into the night sky.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_Encounters_of_the_Third_Kind

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Compositions by: John Williams

1. Opening: Let There Be Light (0:49)
2. Navy Planes (2:06)
3. Lost Squadron (2:23)
4. Roy's First Encounter (2:41)
5. Encounter at Crescendo Summit (1:21)
6. Chasing UFOs (1:18)
7. False Alarm (1:42)
8. Barry's Kidnapping (6:19)
9. The Cover-Up (2:25)
10. Stars and Trucks (0:44)
11. Forming the Mountain (1:49)
12. TV Reveals (1:49)
13. Roy And Gillian on the Road (1:10)
14. The Mountain (3:31)
15. Who Are You People?(1:35)
16. The Escape (2:18)
17. The Escape (Alternate Cue) (2:40)
18. Trucking (2:01)
19. Climbing The Mountain (2:32)
20. Outstretch Hands (2:47)
21. Lightshow (3:43)
22. Barnstorming (4:25)
23. The Mothership (4:33)
24. Wild Signals (4:12)
25. The Returnees (3:45)
26. The Visitors/Bye/End Titles (12:32)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jaws (1975)

Spielberg role: Director/Musician (uncredited) 

Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Thriller
Main Cast: Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton 
Release Year: 1975
Country: US
Run Time: 124 minutes

The film begins at a late night beach party on fictional Amity Island in New England from which a young woman (Susan Backlinie) leaves to go skinny dipping. She dives into the water, where she is suddenly jerked around and then pulled under by an unseen force. The next morning, Amity's new police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) is notified that the woman is missing. Brody and his deputy Len Hendricks (Jeffrey Kramer) find her mutilated remains washed up on the shore. The medical examiner informs Brody that the victim's death was due to a shark attack. Brody heads out to close the beaches, but is intercepted and overruled by the town mayor, Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), who fears that reports of a shark attack will ruin the summer tourist season—the town's major source of income. The medical examiner says he was wrong about a shark attack and tells Brody that it was a boating accident. Brody reluctantly goes along with this.

A short time later, a young boy named Alex is attacked and brutally killed by a shark while swimming off a crowded beach on an inflatable raft. His mother places a $3,000 bounty on the animal, sparking an amateur shark hunting frenzy and attracting the attention of local professional shark hunter Quint (Robert Shaw). Quint interrupts a town meeting to offer his services; his demand for $10,000 is taken "under advisement". Brought in by Brody, ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) conducts an autopsy on the first victim's remains and concludes she was killed by a shark.

Soon after, a large tiger shark is caught by a group of novice fishermen, leading the town to believe the problem is solved, but an unconvinced Hooper asks to examine the contents of the shark's stomach. Because Vaughn refuses to make the "operation" public, Brody and Hooper return after dark and learn that the dead shark does not contain human remains, just fish and garbage. Scouting aboard Hooper's state-of-the-art boat, they come across the half-sunken wreckage of local fisherman Ben Gardner's boat. Hooper dons a wetsuit and while exploring the vessel underwater discovers a shark tooth as well as the remains of Ben Gardner, who has been dismembered and left to decay. Despite evidence of the shark's presence, Vaughn still refuses to close the beach.

By the Fourth of July the beaches are covered in tourists. While a prank triggers a false alarm and draws off the authorities' attention, the real shark enters an estuary, kills a man, and nearly takes the life of Brody's oldest son, Michael. Brody forces a stunned Vaughn to hire Quint. Brody and Hooper join the hunter on his fishing boat, the Orca, and the trio set out to kill the man-eater.

At sea, Brody is given the task of laying a chum line while Quint uses deep-sea fishing tackle to try to hook the shark. Quint hooks an unseen fish, but Hooper suggests that it isn't a shark, and the two grow increasingly agitated with one another. As Brody continues chumming, the enormous shark suddenly looms up behind the boat. After a horrified Brody announces its presence with the infamous line "You're gonna need a bigger boat.", Quint and Hooper watch the great white circle the Orca and estimate the new arrival weighs 3 tons (2.7 metric tonnes) and is 25 feet (7.5 meters) long. Quint harpoons the shark with a line attached to a flotation barrel, designed to prevent the shark from being able to submerge as well as to track it on the surface, but the shark pulls the barrel under and disappears.

Night falls without another sighting, so the men retire to the boat's cabin, where Quint tells of his experience with sharks as a survivor of the World War II sinking of the USS Indianapolis. The shark reappears, damages the boat's hull, and slips away before the men can harm it. In the morning, while the men make repairs to the engine, a barrel suddenly reappears at the stern. Quint destroys the radio to prevent Brody from calling the Coast Guard for help. The shark attacks again, and after a long, hard chase, Quint harpoons it to another barrel. The men tie the barrels to the stern; but the shark drags the boat backwards, forcing water onto the deck and into the engine, flooding it. Quint harpoons it again, attaching three barrels in all to the shark, while the animal continues to tow them. Quint is about to cut the ropes with his machete when the cleats are pulled off the stern. The shark continues to attack the boat and Quint powers towards shore with the shark in pursuit, hoping to draw the animal into shallow waters, where it will be beached and drowned. In his Ahab-like obsession to kill the shark, Quint overtaxes Orca's damaged engine, causing it to seize.

With the fishing boat immobilized, the trio try a desperate approach: Hooper dons his SCUBA gear and enters the ocean inside a shark proof cage, intending to stab the shark in the mouth with a hypodermic spear filled with strychnine. The shark instead destroys the cage, causing Hooper to lose the spear and flee to the seabed. As Quint and Brody raise the remnants of the cage, the shark throws itself onto the boat, crushing the transom. As the boat starts sinking, Quint slides down towards the shark, slashing at it in vain with his knife before being pulled under and devoured. Brody retreats to the boat's cabin, which is now partly submerged, and throws a pressurized air tank into the shark's mouth when it rams its way inside. Brody finds a rifle and climbs the mast of the rapidly sinking vessel. After temporarily driving the shark off with a fishing gaff, Brody begins shooting at the air tank still wedged in the shark's mouth. He says the line "Smile, you son of a..." and fires the rifle, exploding the tank and blasting the shark's head to pieces. As the shark's carcass drifts toward the seabed, Hooper reappears on the surface. They cobble together a raft out of debris from Orca and paddle back to Amity Island.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaws_(film)


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Artist: Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss
1. Main Title (Theme From Jaws) (02:16)
2. Chrissie's Death (01:40)
3. Promenade (Tourists On The Menu) (02:46)
4. Out To Sea (02:27)
5. The Indianapolis Story (02:25)
6. Sea Attack Number One (05:24)
7. One Barrel Chase (03:04)
8. Preparing The Cage (03:24)
9. Night Search (03:29)
10. The Underwater Siege (02:31)
11. Hand To Hand Combat (02:32)
12. End Title (Theme From Jaws) (02:18)

The Sugarland Express (1974)

Spielberg role: Director/Writer

Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Crime
Main Cast: Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks, William Atherton, Gregory Walcott 
Release Year: 1974
Country: US
Run Time: 109 minutes

Based on an actual incident, Steven Spielberg's first theatrical feature follows the adventures of a Texas outlaw couple striving to keep their family together by any means necessary. Determined not to lose her child to the authorities, Lou Jean Poplin (Goldie Hawn) gets her obedient convict husband Clovis (William Atherton) to break out of jail and help her kidnap their baby from its foster parents. With hostage Officer Slide (Michael Sacks) in tow, the fugitives head across the plains to Sugarland, Texas, pursued by a flotilla of cop cars. Even though Slide becomes the couple's friend, the Law is bent on capturing its criminal quarry. Even though it was greeted with strong reviews, and Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins, and Spielberg won the screenplay prize at the Cannes Film Festival, The Sugarland Express flopped. The young audience that had embraced the challenging tonal shifts of Bonnie and Clyde and Easy Rider in the late 1960s was no longer so reliably drawn to narrative uncertainties in 1974. The massive success of Spielberg's next picture, the popcorn thriller Jaws (1975), would confirm his suspicion that downbeat films were no longer the way to popular approval.


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Artist: John William Full Discography (Torrent)

1. Theme From Sugarland Express
2. Lou Jean And Clovis
3. Freedom
4. Taking A Hostage
5. Texas Police
6. The Roadblock
7. On The Trail
8. Drumming Along
9. Traveling Music
10. Bathroom Break
11. Out Of Gas
12. Peaceful Moments
13. Cartoon Music
14. Making A Deal
15. Rearranging Furniture
16. The Convoy
17. Last Words
18. Aftermath  

Monday, December 14, 2009

I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

Spielberg Role: Executive Producer

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Genre: Comedy
Main Cast: Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Marc McClure, Susan Kendall Newman, Theresa Saldana
Release Year: 1978
Country: US
Run Time: 104 minutes


It’s 1964 and the Beatles are about to play the Ed Sullivan show. Fans are flocking to their hotel to get a glimpse of their idols and six friends from New Jersey are about to do the same, but they have much grander plans. Rosie (Wendie Jo Sperber) is a Beatles fanatic who is desperate to get into their hotel just to get close to Paul McCartney, while aspiring journalist Grace (Theresa Saldana) wants to do the same thing knowing if she can get a picture of them, up close and personal, she’s got a shot at the big time. Pam (Nancy Allen) gets dragged along too but after she splits up from Rosie and Grace, she hides in a food cart and finds herself in the Beatles room with free reign to Paul’s bass guitar and John’s…comb. Tony (Bobby Di Cicco), a Beatles hater, and Janis (Susan Kendall Newman), a protester, come along just to cause trouble, while Larry (Marc McClure) is there only because he’s in love with Grace, but the whole gang soon finds themselves having one mishap after another, as the clock quickly ticks down to the Beatles first ever U.S television performance.


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Artist: The Beatles

I Want to Hold Your Hand
Please Please Me
I Saw Her Standing There
Thank You Girl
Twist and Shout
Till There Was You
Love Me Do
Do You Want to Know a Secret?
P.S. I Love You
Please Mister Postman
From Me to You
Money (That's What I Want)
There's a Place
I Wanna Be Your Man
She Loves You