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C'était un Rendez-Vous  - Incredible film you likely have not seen. On an August morning in 1976, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris. No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit. Make sure sound is turned on! 
I think this driver drove our cab taking us back to the airport!
Paris Speed Run - Highlights
nikefootball - NIKE FOOTBALL WRITE THE FUTURE - Full Length  Version

"America's Marines" - US Marine Corps commercial - Extended Version

Marine's Tour

Rick's Movie Favorites -
Art of the Steal Movie Poster

The Art of the Steal (2009)

Documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art.

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Bottle Shock Bottle Shock - Based on the book Judgment of Paris
Starring Bill Pullman, Dennis Farina, Chris Pine.
Dec 22, 2006 - The Good Shephard
Robert DeNiro, Matt Daman, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin - Technical advisory Jon Monette.
Based upon the book "Wilderness of Mirrors"
Rick's Favorite Movies
Released 2001
Starring Robert Redford & Brad Pitt
Directed by Tony Scott

The Insider
Released 1999
Starring Al Pacino and Russell Crowe
Based on the true story about Dr. Jeffrey Wigand and a CBS 60 Minutes episode in 1994 on malpractices in the tobacco industry, that was not aired because CBS parent company Westinghouse objected.

Several featuring Matt Damon ....
Bourne Identity - 2002 Starring Matt Damon with Franka Potente and Chris Cooper - Based on the Robert Ludlum novel.

Bourne Supremacy
- 2004 -
Sequel to Bourne Identity.

 Starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen

"Bourne Tracks Landy"
"Bourne Contacts Landy"
"Bourne Kidnaps Nicolette"
"Bourne Evades Moscow Police"
"Kirill Chases Bourne Through Moscow"
"Bourne And Marie Discuss Past"
"India Chase"
"Bourne Escapes Naples Field Agent"
Coming in 2007 Bourne Ultimatum

Movie Poster Image for The Greatest Game Ever Played

The Greatest Game Ever Played
Released 2005
Based on the book
The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf
Directed by Bill Paxton
Ocean's Eleven OCEAN'S ELEVEN
Released 2001
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts

A selection of Sean Connery flic's ...

Finding Forrester


Hunt for Red October - 1990

Finding Forrester - 2000

Entrapment - 1999

Starring Sean Connery & Alec Baldwin, James Early Jones and Scott Glenn

Starring Sean Connery and F. Murray Abraham

Starring Sean Connery & Catherine Zeta-Jones

Based on one of Tom Clancy's first classics that put him on
the map.


Check out the cool scene that takes off from a classic scene from Grand Slam below.

Searching For Bobby Fisher
Released 1993
Starring Joe Montagna, Lawrence Fishburne, Ben Kingsley, Joan Allen and Max Pomeranc as Josh Waitzin.
Based on the true story by Fred Waitzin about his son Josh, a chess prodigy.
Released 1998
Starring Robert De Niro and Jean Reno
Directed by John Frankenheimer
De Niro at his best, great scenes of Paris and southern France, good plot and some exciting intense chase scenes.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Released 1981
Starring Harrison Ford
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written by George Lucas

Best adventure movie of all time?


Reflecting my Hoosier heritage and personal connections to these Indiana based movies...

Hoosiers - 1986

Breaking Away - 1979

Rudy - 1993

Gene Hackman,
Dennis Hopper and Barbara Hershey

Starring Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley,  and Robyn Douglass

Sean Austin and Ned Beatty


Directed by Peter Yates
 Written by Steve Tesich
Technical Advisor Tom Schwoegler

Directed by David Anspaugh
Written by Angelo Pizzo

Last of the Mohicans
Released 1992
Based on classic novel by James Fenimore Cooper
Starring Daniel Day Lewis with Madeleine Stowe
Good Will Hunting - 1997

Starring Robin Williams and Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Minnie Driver

Written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck


A couple featuring Denzel Washington ...

Pelican Brief - 1993
Starring: Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts
Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.
Remember the Titans - 2000
Starring: Denzel Washington, Bill Patton - The true story of an newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
Another Julia Roberts ... Another John Grisham ...

Notting Hill
Released 1999
Starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts
The Firm
Released 1993
Starring Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gene Tripplehorn

A couple featuring Tom Hanks ...

You've Got Mail - 1998
Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Dabney Coleman

Apollo 13 - 1995
Starring: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan

Plot Outline: True story of the moon-bound mission that developed severe trouble and the men that rescued it with skill and dedication.
Tagline: Houston, we have a problem.

All the President's Men - 1976

Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Written by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards, Hal Holbrook, Jack Warden.
Plot - Historical account of the investigative reporting by Washington Post reporters that uncovered the Watergate cover-up that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon
A couple featuring Albert Brooks ...

Broadcast News (1987)
Starring : William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Jack Nicholson
Directed and written by James L. Brooks

Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly.

Lost in America (1985)
Starring Albert BrooksJulie Hagerty; Directed & written by Albert Brooks
A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago.

Return to Snowy River
Released 1988

Starring :
Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton, Brian Dennehy
Directed by : Geoff Burrowes
Great family flick.
A most incredible chase scene that rivals any in the movies - except this ones on horses! A great musical score too. Sequel better than the original.

Romancing the Stone
Released 1984
Starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner and Danny Devito

Rival to Indiana Jones Temple of Doom. One of my favorite jazzy musical scores.

Another featuring William Hurt ...

Body Heat
Released 1981
 William Hurt and Kathleen Turner, Ted Dansen, Richard Crenna, Mickey Rourke
Directed and written by Lawrence Kasdan

Did you know this was a remake of the 1944 classic Double Indemnity?
See below.

Classics & eclectic -
Released 1942
Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Berman with Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre
The greatest movie ever made?

Grand Slam  (1967)
Starring: Janet Leigh, Edward G. Robinson
Director: Giuliano Montaldo
Synopsis: Eclectic and little-known heist film details an attempted diamond heist from a Rio de Janeiro vault during Carnival. Boasts a number of clever twists and an excellent, international cast.
Country of Origin: Italy

Year of the Comet - (1992)
Directed by Peter Yates
Starring Penelope Ann Miller, Timothy Daly, Louis Jourdan, Art Malik, Ian Richardson, Ian McNeice
Discovering the existence of an extremely rare bottle of wine. Fun and adventurous with interesting character subject near and dear to my heart - see www.mcnees.org/winesite/ 

Grand Prix

Grand Prix (1966)
Cast: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand  
John Frankenheimer
Synopsis: There's a few million dollars' worth of star power and a nickel's worth of plot in the lavish race-car melodrama Grand Prix. Among the participants in this annual cross-continent competition are James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford and Antonio Sabato. Interested parties include Toshiro Mifune (his voice dubbed by Paul Frees), Adolfo Celi and Claude Dauphin, while the women who agonize on the sidelines include Eva Marie Saint, Jessica Walter and Francoise Hardy.
The racing sequences are top-rank, cleverly utilizing those 1960s devices of helicopter angles and multiple screens. Oscars went to editor Frederick Steinkamp and the sound-effects supervisor Franklin E. Milton. Filmed on location, Grand Prix made back its cost about half a week into its run. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Release Date: September 6, 1944
Director: Billy Wilder
Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck,
Edward G. Robinson

Plotline similar to Body Heat above ...

Being There (1979)
Starring: Peter Sellers as Chance ('Chauncey Gardiner')
Shirley MacLaine as Eve Rand
Melvyn Douglas as Benjamin Turnbull Rand
Jack Warden as President 'Bobby'
Richard A. Dysart as Dr. Robert Allenby
Richard Basehart as Vladimir Skrapinov
Directed by Hal Ashby
Writing credits Jerzy Kosinski (also novel)
Sideways (2004)


And last but not least ..... two classic New York stories ....
The famed movie critic Gene Siskel's all time favorite movie ...

Saturday Night Fever - 1977
Starring John Travolta
Directed by John Badham
Writing credits Nik Cohn (magazine article Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night) and Norman Wexler (screenplay)
The movie that launched a whole genre - famous for the classic album by the Bee Gee's that became the standard bearer that made disco 'mainstream'.  
and what Roger Ebert calls the greatest police movie of all time ...

The French Connection - 1971
Starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider
Directed by
William Friedkin
Writing credits Robin Moore (novel) and Ernest Tidyman (screenplay)
Based on real characters - classic cop flick with one of the greatest chase scenes ever that wasnt totally planned! Film launched the career of Gene Hackman. See Trivia.
Honorable mentions .....

What about Bob?
Groundhog day.
Uncle Buck.
French Kiss.
When Harry Met Sally.
Glory Road.
The Natural.
Medicine Man.

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Other  - Favorite TV Shows/Episodes


Favorite  episode - # 41.  For Want of a Boot  (K-417)
January 12, 1974
Written by Sheldon Keller
Directed by Don Weis
Guest Stars:  Michael Lerner, Suzanne Zenor, Johnny Kaymer
A riotous episode in which Hawkeye will do anything to get a new pair of boots.  In order to get Zale to get him some, he must get an appointment for Zale with Futterman, the camp dentist, who will only do it if Henry will give him a pass to Tokyo, and Henry will only grant the pass if Houlihan will get off his back, which she will do only if the guys throw a party for Frank's birthday with a cake, and Radar will only help get the cake if he gets a date with Nurse Murphy, who will only date someone with a hair dryer, and Klinger won't give up the hair dryer unless he gets a section 8 (and Frank won't sign). The deal falls through, much to the chagrin of Hawkeye.

Mary Tyler Moore Show
Episode # 97 - Aired September 14, 1974
Production code 4014
Writer: Ed Weinberger & Stan Daniels
Director: Jay Sandrich
Guest Stars: Barbara Colby (as Sherry) James Randolph (as Harrison) Mary Ann Chinn (as Kim) Darlene Conley (as Matron) Charles Woolf (as Mr. Everett) Don Macon (as Reporter)
Mary refuses to reveal a news source for a story she produced and has to spend a night in jail. Hilarious scene when Ted has to testify in court about Mary's role at the station. This episode won the 1975 Emmy for Best Writing in a Comedy Series
Everyone Loves Raymond
The Tenth Anniversary
Episode # 89
First Aired February 14, 2000
Ray and Debra renew their wedding vows after they find out that Ray accidentally taped over their wedding with the 1991 Super Bowl.
The Checkbook Episode # 38
First Aired February 2, 1998
First Aired February 2,When Raymond takes over the family checkbook to prove to Debra how "easy it can be" to balance it, he discovers he is no accountant. After he quickly runs out of money and starts bouncing checks, he tries to hide the truth from Debra and winds up entangled in a mess of lies, two fake checkbooks and a large loan from his brother. 1998
Tissues Episode #113
When Debra grudgingly agrees to let him be more involved in the daily decision making, Ray starts grocery shopping for things that he likes and Debra lets him choose where the family will go in it's next vacation. However, this newfound power quickly becomes Ray's undoing.
"The Package"
Episode Number: 139  Season Num: 8    Prod Code: 805
First Aired: Thursday October 17, 1996   
Kramer tries to scam the US Post Office to get a refund for Jerry's stereo, (because "they write it off") and gets investigated by Neuman. George tries to lure Sheila, the photo store girl with seductive photos. Elaine has a rash and tries to get her medical chart revised with the help of Dr Von Nostrum Kramer.
Kramer: It’s a write off for them.
Jerry: How is it a write off?
Kramer: They just write it off.
Jerry: Write it off of what?
Kramer: They just write it off!
Jerry: You don't even know what a write off is, do you?
Kramer: No. Do you?
Jerry: No I don't!!
Kramer: No, but they do. And they're the ones writing it off.'
Jerry, "I wish I had the last 20 seconds of my life back."
Kramer: Yes, I'm Dr. van Nostrand from the clinic. I need Elaine Benes's chart; she's a patient of mine and she's not going to make it. It's, uh, very bad, very messy.
Nurse: I see. And what clinic is that again?
Kramer: Uh, that's correct.
Nurse: Excuse me?
Kramer: From the Hoffermanndale Clinic, in Belgium.
Nurse: Really?
Kramer: The Netherlands?
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