Tag Archives: John Frankenheimer

Manchurian Candidate: Agent Solitaire

IF YOU COME IN FIVE MINUTES AFTER THIS PICTURE BEGINS, YOU WON’T KNOW WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT! WHEN YOU’VE SEEN IT ALL, YOU’LL SWEAR THERE’S NEVER BEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT! This movie ran into bad luck. Or was it really that bad? It’s been said sometimes that The Manchurian Candidate was pulled from distribution when … Continue reading Manchurian Candidate: Agent Solitaire

The General’s Daughter

GO BEHIND THE LIES. Army investigator Paul Brenner (John Travolta) tries to find out who murdered a general’s daughter and discovers, together with rape counselor Sara Sunhill (Madeleine Stowe), skeletons in the woman’s closet… Since director Simon West previously made Con Air (1997), you might expect nothing here but macho stupidity, but that’s not the … Continue reading The General’s Daughter

Reindeer Games

THE TRAP IS SET. THE GAME IS ON. After getting out of prison, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) assumes the identity of his murdered cellmate and gets himself involved in a very deadly scheme. At least director John Frankenheimer’s simple action thriller has attractive, wintry locations and a few exciting sequences. But this is a pretty … Continue reading Reindeer Games

Path to War

BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELDS OF VIETNAM. INSIDE THE HALLS OF POWER. A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR WOULD DECIDE THE FATE OF A NATION. Director John Frankenheimer’s last film is an impressive TV drama about those fatal steps toward the Vietnam War that were taken by President Lyndon B. Johnson and his administration. Johnson was focusing on … Continue reading Path to War

Against the Wall

A PRISON RIOT THAT BURNS WITH RAGE… EXPLODES IN THE FACE OF AMERICA. In 1971, conditions in the famous Attica prison were so bad that they caused the now notorious riot; a new guard (Kyle MacLachlan) ends up in the middle of it. The riot was previously depicted in the TV movie Attica (1980) and … Continue reading Against the Wall