Category Archives: Richard Winters

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – Re-Animator (1985)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Daniel Cain (Bruce Abbott) is a student at a nearby medical college who decides to take in as a roommate a foreign student named Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs). West seems a bit anti-social and very intense about his work. He sets up a lab in Cain’s basement where he does experiments to bring back the dead by injecting them with his specially formulated serum. He starts with animals, which makes it intriguing enough for Cain to get in on it, but when they move on to cadavers at the school’s medical lab things spiral out of control. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – The Bedroom Window (1987)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Terry Lambert (Steve Guttenberg) is having an affair with Sylvia (Isabelle Huppert), the wife of his boss. The two go back to his apartment one night after an office party to have sex. In the middle of the night Terry gets up to go to the bathroom and this is when Sylvia is awakened by a scream coming from outside the bedroom window. She goes to the window and sees a young woman struggling with a man on the sidewalk. When Sylvia opens the window the man runs away and by the time Terry gets there everyone is gone. The next day Terry reads in the paper about a similar murder of a woman that occurred later that night just a couple of blocks down the street. He is convinced there is a connection and that he should report the incident that Sylvia saw. In order to keep the affair a secret he decides to act as the witness and simply relay whatever Sylvia told him. However, in classic Hitchcockian style things quickly spiral out of control and Terry soon finds himself in deep trouble. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – The Verdict (1982)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) is a lawyer who has hit rock bottom. He has lost his last four cases and become an alcoholic in the process. His associate Mickey (Jack Warden) hands him what appears to be an open and shut case dealing with a woman who was put into a permanent comatose state after being given the wrong type of anesthesia during the delivery of her child. Both parties are willing to settle out of court and Frank is initially happy to accept the settlement as he is hard up for funds, but after seeing the sad condition of the patient in the hospital he changes his mind and decides to take it to court. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – The Mackintosh Man (1973)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Joseph Reardon (Paul Newman) is a spy recruited by British Intelligence to infiltrate a secret spy ring in order to expose a traitor from a high-ranking government office. In order to do so he must assume the identity of an Australian criminal and allow himself to be caught and imprisoned. He is able to escape using the help of an inside organization that arranges the escapes for high profile prisoners. He is taken to an isolated mansion at an unknown location and trained to be a part of the criminal spy ring, but he unwittingly gives out his true identity, which forces him to make a daring escape and go on the run in the middle of nowhere. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1971)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Based on the Joe Orton play of the same name, this film deals with a handsome young stranger named Sloane (Peter McEnery) who becomes a lodger at an isolated household in the English countryside. He is on the run from a murder he committed and feels this will be a safe haven due to the only other inhabitants being a quirky old lady name Katherine (Beryl Reid) and her equally quirky father Kemp (Alan Webb). Katherine, or Kath, takes a sexual interest in Sloane despite their wide age difference, which Sloane doesn’t mind as he uses this to manipulate her. When Kath’s brother Ed (Harry Andrews) arrives and takes an amorous interest in Sloane as well, he does the same thing to him. Then Kemp recognizes Sloane as the killer and Sloane is forced to kill him, which culminates with ironic results. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – Still of the Night (1982)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Successful psychiatrist Sam Rice (Roy Scheider) suddenly finds himself immersed in a tangled web of murder and deceit. One of his patients, wealthy art dealer George Bynum (Josef Sommar), is found murdered. A mysterious woman named Brooke Reynolds (Meryl Streep) visits him and states that she was George’s mistress and Sam suspects that she may be the killer. He tries to do his own investigation, but the police start to doggedly tail him thinking he may know more than what he is letting on. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – Midnight Run (1988)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is a bounty hunter who is looking to get into a less stressful business. He is offered $100,000 to find bail jumper Jonathan Mardukas (Charles Grodin), who worked as an accountant for the mob and skimmed $15 million from them. Jack thinks he can use the money to open up a coffee shop, but finds that the FBI is in hot pursuit of Mardukas as well. What is worse is that rival bounty hunter Marvin Dorfler (John Ashton) also wants his hands on Mardukas and the money. Jack even finds himself chased by the mob, who want to silence Mardukas before he can turn state’s evidence. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – Harry in Your Pocket (1973)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Ray (Michael Sarrazin) is an amateur pickpocket who seems to have no luck trying it on his own. He meets a woman named Sandy (Trish Van Devere) who has just lost everything, and the two decide to get into the pickpocket racket as a simple means for survival. They get hooked up with Harry (James Coburn) and his mentor Casey (Walter Pidgeon) who teach them the fine art of pickpocketing while preying on summer tourists in Seattle. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)

by RICHARD WINTERS

This wacky film nicely exemplifies the mod, experimental wave of filmmaking that permeated the era of the late ’60s. The story takes place in London and is about a clothing manufacturer’s wife named Harriet Blossom (Shirley MacLaine) who one day calls her husband Robert (Richard Attenborough) while he is at work to tell him that her sewing machine has broken down. Robert sends a lowly assistant named Ambrose Tuttle (James Booth) over to their house to help her fix it. Harriet is a bit bored with life and feels neglected by her husband who is tied up with his job. She not so subtly seduces Ambrose when he comes over and then hides him in the attic, where he soon takes up residence. He comes out only when the husband is away, but the unexplained strange noises that Robert hears and the many close calls make him think he is going insane and lead him to a nervous breakdown. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – Dirty Dancing (1987)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Some of my women friends at the office were surprised to hear that I had never seen this film and suggested that I watch and review it for my next column. Since Hollywood is now planning on remaking this movie and several websites have already started up protesting it, as fans of the original feel it can’t be duplicated, now more than ever seems to be a good time to give this movie a look. Continue reading