A man sentenced to sweat out his debt to society on a prison farm refuses to compromise with authority. This 'failure to communicate' gets him in all kinds of trouble. Kennedy won Oscar as leader of the chain gang.
Elia Kazan's own words begin the saga of young Stavros (Stathis Giallelis), who leaves his war-torn homeland behind to begin a new life. With his family's meager fortune and his father's blessing, Stavros encounters both allies and adversaries on a dramatic trek. He ultimately achieves his dream through sheer determination and will, thereby earning his nickname: America America. Saluting the masses who sailed toward Miss Liberty's shining torch, Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire) uses little-known talents here rather than stars. The results impress: Academy Award nominations (1963) for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay, an Oscar for Gene Callahan's vivid Art Direction, Golden Globes to Kazan (Best Director) and Giallelis (Most Promising Newcomer) and nomination to the National Film Registry for permanent preservation. Both epic and intimate, it's powerful moviemaking.
Frankie and Johnny Are Married -- In a hilariously misguided attempt to save his rocky marriage, Director Michael Pressman casts his wife opposite hot-shot actor Alan Rosenberg in a new play. But when Rosenberg can't differentiate between stage and real-life love scenes, it's up to Pressman to fix his marriage and keep the show on the road. Frankie and Johnny are married is a smart, witty romantic comedy about risking it all to save everything.
Frankie and Johnny Are Married -- Open-ended Trailer from IFC
Trailer for America, America.
Elia Kazan, ethnic Greek but Turkish by birth, tells the story of the struggles of his uncle - in this account named Stavros Topouzoglou - in emigrating to America. In the 1890's, the young, kind-hearted but naive Stavros lived in Anatolia, where the Greek and Armenian minorities were repressed by the majority Turks, this repression which often led to violence. Even Stavros being friends with an Armenian was frowned upon. As such, Stavros dreamed of a better life - specifically in America - where, as a result, he could make his parents proud by his grand accomplishments. Instead, his parents, with most of their money, sent Stavros to Constantinople to help fund the carpet shop owned by his first cousin once removed. What Stavros encountered on his journey, made on foot with a small donkey, made him question life in Anatolia even further. Once in Constantinople, his resolve to earn the 110 Turkish pound third class fare to the United States became stronger than ever. But try after try, his efforts were thwarted. But as he seemed close to achieving his dream, it seemed certain that it would snatched away from him. But an earlier good deed may have helped him ultimately achieve his goal of reaching the United States and a better life.
Hawaii -- Diego, and lovers Darius and Raquel park their car outside a convenient store to rob it. Darius gets out and goes in while Diego stays with his girl Raquel in the car. Once inside the store Diego confesses his true feelings to Raquel and wants to split with her. In the store Darius moves to the counter with his gun and points it straight at the clerks back, when she turns toward him, it's his ex girlfriend. She has not seen him since he left her waiting at a train station for him one year ago...
Cool Hand Luke -- A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison.
Hawaii -- Trailer for this epic drama
Cool Hand Luke -- When Luke Jackson is arrested for drunkenly vandalizing parking meters, he is sentenced to serve time on a prison chain gang.
Hawaii -- This restored film version of James Michener's best-seller stars a remarkable cast in a celebrated epic adventure that traces the arrival of missionaries in 1820's Hawaii and the eventual devastation of a paradise lost.
Cool Hand Luke -- Trailer for this classic starring Paul Newman
Music video by Playa Rae & Trey C performing Numbers. 2011
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