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Robert Mitchum Movies: 'The Yakuza' Surprising Casting, 'Ryan's Daughter' Cast Against Type

Robert Mitchum ca. late 1940s. Robert Mitchum movies 'The Yakuza,' 'Ryan's Daughter' on TCM Today, Aug. 12, '15, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series is highlighting the career of Robert Mitchum. Two of the films being shown this evening are The Yakuza and Ryan's Daughter. The former is one of the disappointingly few TCM premieres this month. (See TCM's Robert Mitchum movie schedule further below.) Despite his film noir background, Robert Mitchum was a somewhat unusual choice to star in The Yakuza (1975), a crime thriller set in the Japanese underworld. Ryan's Daughter or no, Mitchum hadn't been a box office draw in quite some time; in the mid-'70s, one would have expected a Warner Bros. release directed […]


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Robert Mitchum Movies: 'The Yakuza' Surprising Casting, 'Ryan's Daughter' Cast Against Type



Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' 1974 One of Biggest Artistic Misfires of the Decade

Robert Redford in 'The Great Gatsby' 1974. Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' 1974 misfire and 'The Way We Were' 1973 box office hit on TCM Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening (Jan. 20, '15), with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's movie version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 classic novel The Great Gatsby. Check out TCM's Robert Redford film schedule further below. See also: “On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.” 'The Great Gatsby': Robert Redford as iconic anti-hero Jay Gatsby Long, long before Leonardo DiCaprio, there was … Warner Baxter. That's right. Future Best Actor Academy Award winner Baxter (In Old Arizona, 1928-29) […]


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Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' 1974 One of Biggest Artistic Misfires of the Decade



Robert Redford Movies: Two of the Biggest Blockbusters Ever and War Hero or Serial Killer?

Robert Redford in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.' Robert Redford movies: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' 'The Sting' and honorable war hero or psycho serial killer? They don't make movie stars like they used to, back in the days of Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Harry Cohn. That's what nostalgists have been bitching about for the last four or five decades; never mind the fact that movie stars have remained as big as ever despite the demise of the old studio system and the spectacular rise of television more than sixty years ago. This month of January 2015, Turner Classic Movies will be honoring one such post-studio era superstar: Robert Redford. Beginning tonight, Jan. 6, TCM will […]


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Robert Redford Movies: Two of the Biggest Blockbusters Ever and War Hero or Serial Killer?