Posts Tagged ‘Richard D. Zanuck’

The French Connection

“Did you ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?” It’s our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, everyone! That’s right, we’ve been doing the “Movies We Like” podcast for one year now, and what better way to celebrate than with the next in our Great Car Chase series—William Friedkin’s 1971 Best Picture Oscar-winner, “The French Connection.” Join us—Pete Wright…

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

“So it is you, Benjamin Barker.” With these words early on in Tim Burton’s 2007 film adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, we instantly get a sense of the dark place that the character of Sweeney Todd, played marvelously by Johnny Depp, has come from. This isn’t your typical happy-go-lucky musical.…

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Big Fish

“You know about icebergs, Dad?” “Do I? I saw an iceberg once. They were hauling it down to Texas for drinking water. They didn’t count on there being an elephant frozen inside. The wooly kind. A mammoth!” The only thing better than a great story is a great storyteller, and Edward Bloom certainly fits the…

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Rush

“Pretty soon you be feeling all unnecessary.” In 1991, Richard D. Zanuck and his wife, Lili Fini Zanuck, produced her directorial debut, “Rush,” a story of two undercover cops trying to bring down a big drug dealer in a small Texas town and in the process become addicts themselves. Our memory of the film, unfortunately,…

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Driving Miss Daisy

“Did you have the air conditioning checked? I told you to have the air conditioning checked.” “Yes’m, I got the air conditioning checked. I don’t know what fer, you don’t ever allow me to turn it on.” Driving Miss Daisy was a perfect story choice for Richard D. Zanuck to produce. Sure, it was difficult to…

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Jaws

“I used to hate the water.” “I can’t imagine why.” When someone says the word ‘jaws’ to you, it inevitably conjures up the man-eating great white shark in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller masterpiece. It’s hard to imagine a time when the word ‘jaws’ didn’t do this. But that’s what Spielberg’s film “Jaws” did, as well…

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The Sting

“He’s not as tough as he thinks.” “Neither are we.” After his father fired him from 20th Century Fox and a short stint at Warner Bros., Richard D. Zanuck joined forces with his buddy David Brown from his Fox days and the two joined forces as the independent producing duo under the banner The Zanuck/Brown…

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Compulsion

“Murder’s nothing. It’s just a simple experience. Murder and rape. Do you know what beauty there is in evil?” It’s the start of our Richard D. Zanuck tribute series, ladies and gentlemen, and what better way to begin than with the first film he produced for his father, Darryl F. Zanuck, 1959’s “Compulsion.” Based on…

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