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Stan in LA : 6/9/2019 12:20 am
The Dead, John Huston's last film.
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Just watched Empire of the Sun  
adamg : 6/9/2019 1:37 am : link
that's one...
Fandango ...  
short lease : 6/9/2019 5:09 am : link

It might have been Kevin Costner's first film? Judd Nelson is also in it.

Basically a last hurrah road trip for some guys in their EARLY twenties. 1 is going to get married, 1 is about to go in the service (Vietnam) ....

Funny (also a little melancholy at times) without being corny/obvious .... and the soundtrack is amazing.
When I think of John Houston ...  
short lease : 6/9/2019 5:15 am : link

I think of "Chinatown" - that was directed by Roman Polanski. And, as many times as I have watched that film - I cannot change the channel when it is on.

"L.A. Confidential" does the same thing to me ... can't turn the channel.
Apocolypto,  
Giantophile : 6/9/2019 6:53 am : link
The Prestige.
Out of Sight  
DCGMan : 6/9/2019 7:25 am : link
Don Cheadle stole the movie.
My answers to this question are always  
Bobby Humphrey's Earpad : 6/9/2019 9:01 am : link
Layer Cake and Road to Perdition - by sheer coincidence two movies with Daniel Craig.

Amazing that a movie with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman goes under the radar, but it does.
Great for its genre for those who like spy flicks  
BillT : 6/9/2019 9:05 am : link
Spy Game with Redford and Pitt. Great stuff.
Fandango is a good one.  
Crispino : 6/9/2019 9:09 am : link
Breaker Morant is my top choice though. Superb acting, powerful true story.
And for an underrated Clint Eastwood flick  
BillT : 6/9/2019 9:13 am : link
A Perfect World. Just watching Eastwood get Costner to give a real acting performance is reason enough but itís a very goof movie overall.
MacGruber  
Motley Two : 6/9/2019 9:14 am : link
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RE: Fandango is a good one.  
short lease : 6/9/2019 9:33 am : link
In comment 14467288 Crispino said:
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Breaker Morant is my top choice though. Superb acting, powerful true story.


"Breaker Morant" ... is that an Australian film? I forgot the actor's name but he was married to the woman who was in the film with Jeff Bridges (I think) - that Phil Collins sang the theme song for. I am pretty sure her first name was Rachel?

Is that the film?


: )


Seriously - I am going to have to check it out. Thanks.
RE: My answers to this question are always  
short lease : 6/9/2019 9:37 am : link
In comment 14467282 Bobby Humphrey's Earpad said:
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Layer Cake and Road to Perdition - by sheer coincidence two movies with Daniel Craig.

Amazing that a movie with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman goes under the radar, but it does.


Love "Road to Perdition" ... great acting (even the little kid). And, the editing ... (I guess - it must have been the editing. Some of those scenes were intense and suspenseful).

Great film and you are right ... I can't believe that movie did not get more attention than it did.
Maybe not great, but very good  
Jim in Forest Hills : 6/9/2019 9:51 am : link
is the most recent "Planet of the Apes" trilogy (not the Mark Wahlberg one). I thought each movie was excellent and even with new cast members in each movie they made a coherent storyline through all the films. And the ape CGI was terrific imo.
Don Juan DeMarco  
Somnambulist : 6/9/2019 9:54 am : link
Great date movie.
Road House  
davek3698 : 6/9/2019 9:59 am : link
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a few underrated  
giantfan2000 : 6/9/2019 10:19 am : link
The Silent Partner obscure Canadian movie starring Elliot Gould
After Hours - Scorcesse overlooked film from early 80s
Tucker Man and his dreams - Copolla overlooked film from 80s
The Good Guys - recent movie very funny
Memphis Belle  
Jimmy Googs : 6/9/2019 10:21 am : link
and Family Man
If Looks Could Kill  
YAJ2112 : 6/9/2019 10:43 am : link
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
Turk-182
Kidco
My Blue Heaven
Millerís Crossing wasnít underrated but I loved it.  
yatqb : 6/9/2019 10:44 am : link
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RE: Fandango is a good one.  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/9/2019 10:55 am : link
In comment 14467288 Crispino said:
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Breaker Morant is my top choice though. Superb acting, powerful true story.


Breaker Morant is a great movie. Probably my favorite "courtroom" movie of all time.
I've  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/9/2019 10:57 am : link
posted this before, but one of my hidden gems is "October Sky."
Starship Trooper  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 6/9/2019 11:11 am : link
And Sanders first 3 movies Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore and Waterboy, although culturally influential, they were all critically panned.
Love that Out of Sight and A Perfect World  
oghwga : 6/9/2019 11:36 am : link
Got mentioned before I could. Also love a lot of the Mamet films, especially Heist with Sam Rockwell and a perfect Gene Hackman.

I also can't switch off Ronin when it's on or Nobody's Fool with Paul Newman, great movie
Something the Lord Made  
gtt350 : 6/9/2019 11:38 am : link
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Funny mention of Gene Hackman  
idiotsavant : 6/9/2019 11:54 am : link
Always reminds me of sleepy Joe Biden.

But, I forget the name, Hackman starred in a nifty technical movie about a spooky/spy/private eye who specialised in technical surveillance pre digital age.

There is this scene where, after the surveillance trade show, drinking party in Hackman's loft/industrial/spooky shop, and the plot ensues

Forget the name. Really interesting obscure flick.
Things to do in Denver  
pjcas18 : 6/9/2019 11:56 am : link
When You're Dead.

Andy Garcia
Chriatopher Walken
Steve Buscemi
Treat Williams
Chrstopher Lloyd
Gabrielle Anwar
Jack Warden
Bill Nunn

very underrated IMO.
Not "night moves"  
idiotsavant : 6/9/2019 12:00 pm : link
This was probably earlier, more tech nerd style
RE: Not  
pjcas18 : 6/9/2019 12:08 pm : link
In comment 14467415 idiotsavant said:
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This was probably earlier, more tech nerd style


Sure, you're not confusing this with Enemy of the State with Hackman, Will Smith, Jon Voight? Sounds like what you're describing, but it wasn't obscure and it was in the late 90's.
Here it is:  
idiotsavant : 6/9/2019 12:09 pm : link
Gene Hackman

"The Conversation"

Imbd says:

- 'a paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on, will be killed'
RE: Funny mention of Gene Hackman  
MSanchez : 6/9/2019 12:11 pm : link
In comment 14467404 idiotsavant said:
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Always reminds me of sleepy Joe Biden.

But, I forget the name, Hackman starred in a nifty technical movie about a spooky/spy/private eye who specialised in technical surveillance pre digital age.

There is this scene where, after the surveillance trade show, drinking party in Hackman's loft/industrial/spooky shop, and the plot ensues

Forget the name. Really interesting obscure flick.


The movie you're talking about is the Conversation. It's early Coppola.
1974  
idiotsavant : 6/9/2019 12:12 pm : link
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Wow, didn't realise coppola  
idiotsavant : 6/9/2019 12:13 pm : link
I just saw it once on late tv and it stuck in my head
It was appealing because there's this  
idiotsavant : 6/9/2019 12:20 pm : link
Every day quality to the private eyes, it's just a trade show in the early going, and the typical banter and shop talk, then the typical drinking if the day, showing off the nerdy equipment...as opposed to jumping right into James bond adventure.

Plus, the whole paranoid aspect and surveillance issues resonate in this digital age.
The Moonshine War  
JerseyCityJoe : 6/9/2019 12:20 pm : link
Its not on very often but it is one of my favorites. Watch it to see Alan Alda with a hillbilly accent if nothing else.
The Sure Thing  
Daniel in MI : 6/9/2019 12:53 pm : link
The bad title makes it sound like a Porkyís clone, and it is basically a college kid looking to get laid as the McGuffin, but itís a road trip movie mostly. But Rob Reiner directs it, itís one of Jon Cusackís first movies, Daphne Zuniga is the uptight love interest, Tim Robbins has a good short part as does Anthony Edwards. Some really funny stuff in it. One of my favorite and most quoted comedies from the 80s.
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ghost718 : 6/9/2019 12:53 pm : link
Hombre,probably one of the more quotable movies not talked about on here

Death Rides A Horse
State of Grace(1990)
Hoodlum(1997)
Marked Women(1937)



The Legend of 1900  
yatqb : 6/9/2019 12:54 pm : link
Tim Roth.
Rob Roy  
gtt350 : 6/9/2019 12:57 pm : link
Tim Roth stole that movie
Grandmaís Boy  
TurdFurguson : 6/9/2019 1:01 pm : link
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Eyes Wide Shut...  
bw in dc : 6/9/2019 1:02 pm : link
Cruise, Kidman, Kubrick, et al don't get enough credit for this underrated film...
RE: MacGruber  
tyrik13 : 6/9/2019 1:42 pm : link
In comment 14467292 Motley Two said:
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Fully agree on this one lol
Daniel  
CRinCA : 6/9/2019 1:45 pm : link
I named my first son Nick because of that movie.
RE: Funny mention of Gene Hackman  
BlueLou'sBack : 6/9/2019 2:20 pm : link
In comment 14467404 idiotsavant said:
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Always reminds me of sleepy Joe Biden.

But, I forget the name, Hackman starred in a nifty technical movie about a spooky/spy/private eye who specialised in technical surveillance pre digital age.

There is this scene where, after the surveillance trade show, drinking party in Hackman's loft/industrial/spooky shop, and the plot ensues

Forget the name. Really interesting obscure flick.


The Conversation. Great film, spooky ending, not sure it qualifies as "under-rated."
Late to the party with The Conversation...  
BlueLou'sBack : 6/9/2019 2:24 pm : link
but 98% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and 7.9 IMBD, so not sure not under appreciated.
The 7-Ups (1973)  
Klaatu : 6/9/2019 2:44 pm : link
Gritty, action-packed story of an elite (and unconventional) squad of New York City cops, set in a city at its grimiest, most depressed, and pretty depressing, where it was often difficult to tell the cops from the crooks. Starring Roy Scheider, Victor Arnold, and Tony LoBianco, and featuring an actor named Richard Lynch. You may not recognized the name, but you'll no doubt recognize his face if you're old enough, since he played a psycho/bad guy in damn near every TV show and B-movie in the 70's and 80's. Look quick or you might miss an early role by the late, great Joe Spinell (Willie Cicci in the Godfather movies).
Great thread!  
Grey Pilgrim : 6/9/2019 3:15 pm : link
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Chopper  
montanagiant : 6/9/2019 3:38 pm : link
I am Mother (just came out on Netflix)
Once we were warriors
We Were Soldiers  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 6/9/2019 3:40 pm : link
I do fast forward the sappy war wives part, meh Hollywood.
The Dark Corner (1946)  
Klaatu : 6/9/2019 4:34 pm : link
When lists of the best Film Noir movies are compiled, you can be sure to find classics like Double Indemnity, Laura, The Big Heat, Touch of Evil, and The Third Man (to name five) on those lists. Rarely, though will you find this gem of a flick listed, which is a real shame.

Starring Lucille Ball (yes, that Lucille Ball), Clifton Webb, Williiam Bendix, and Mark Stevens, it's the story of a private detective with a checkered past who's framed for a murder he didn't commit, and the lengths his new secretary will go to to clear his name.

Look quick for an early, uncredited role by square-jawed John Russell (Lawman, Rio Bravo) as a policeman.
I really like the movie Warrior.  
Mike from SI : 6/9/2019 4:50 pm : link
Tom Hardy is Bane-level jacked and it's a nice story. Not sure I'd call it "great," but I always recommend it to people.
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