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Below is my review of the 1979 টেলিভিশন miniseries called ”THE SACKETTS”:


”THE SACKETTS” (1979) Review

Thirty years ago, CBS aired a two-part miniseries (or টেলিভিশন movie) based upon two novels written দ্বারা the late Louis L’Amour. Directed দ্বারা Robert Totten, ”THE SACKETTS” starred Sam Elliot, Tom Selleck and Jeff Osterhage as the three Sackett brothers.

”THE SACKETTS” told the story of Tell (Elliot), Orrin (Selleck) and Tyrel (Osterhage) Sackett and their efforts to make new lives for themselves in the post-Civil War West. Screenwriter Jim Byrnes took two novels about the...
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"SENSE AND SENSIBILITY" (1971) Review

For some reason, I still find it hard to believe that until recently, very few people were aware that the first adaptation of Jane Austen's 1811 novel, "Sense and Sensibility", dated as far back as 1971. After all, people have been aware of other Austen adaptations during this same period অথবা earlier. Even the Wikipedia site fails to mention it, except in connection with one of the cast members. What was about this four-part miniseries that eluded so many Austen fans?

In "SENSE AND SENSIBILITY", a wealthy landowner named Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his two...
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"MIDDLEMARCH" (1994) Review

Many years have passed since I first saw "MIDDLEMARCH", the 1994 BBC adaptation of George Eliot's 1871 novel. Many years. I recalled enjoying it . . . somewhat. But it had failed to leave any kind of impression upon me. Let me revise that. At least two performances left an impression upon me. But after watching the miniseries for the সেকেন্ড time, after so many years, I now realize I should have paid closer attention to the production.

Directed দ্বারা Anthony Page and adapted for টেলিভিশন দ্বারা Andrew Davies, "MIDDLEMARCH" told the story about a fictitious Midlands town...
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"THE WAY WE LIVE NOW" (2001) Review

Some thirteen years ago, the BBC aired "THE WAY WE LIVE NOW", a four-part টেলিভিশন adaptation of Anthony Trollope's 1875 novel. Adapted দ্বারা Andrew Davies and directed দ্বারা David Yates, the miniseries starred David Suchet, Shirley Henderson and Matthew Macfadyen.

"THE WAY WE LIVE NOW" told the story of a Central European financier's impact upon upper-crust British society during the Victorian era. Augustus Melmotte arrives in লন্ডন with his সেকেন্ড wife and his daughter, Marie in the 1870s. Not long after his arrival, Melmotte announces a new scheme to finance...
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"THE MANIONS OF AMERICA" (1981) Review

Back in early 1981, ABC টেলিভিশন aired a miniseries about the lives of an Anglo-Irish immigrant family called "THE MANIONS OF AMERICA". Starring Pierce Brosnan and Kate Mulgrew, the miniseries aired in three parts and was marketed as the Irish-American version of the 1977 miniseries, "ROOTS".

"The Irish-American version of "ROOTS"? Hmmmm . . . I do not know if that similarity genuinely works. Yes, both miniseries focused upon the beginning of a family line in the United States. Both are family sagas set before the 20th century. But the differences between...
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"THE YOUNG VICTORIA" (2009) Review

About a বছর অথবা so before his জনপ্রিয় টেলিভিশন series, "DOWNTON ABBEY" hit the airwaves, Julian Fellowes served as screenwriter to the lavish biopic about the early life and reign of Britain's কুইন Victoria called "THE YOUNG VICTORIA". The 2009 movie starred Emily Blunt in the শিরোনাম role and Rupert Friend as the Prince Consort, Prince Albert.

"THE YOUNG VICTORIA" began during the last years in the reign of King William IV, Victoria's uncle. Acknowledge as the পরবর্তি ruler of Britain, Victoria became the target of a political tug-of-war between her mother,...
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"HOMEFRONT" RETROSPECT: (1.01) "S.N.A.F.U."

There are only a handful of টেলিভিশন shows that I am very emotional about. There are only a handful that I consider to be among the best I have ever seen on the small screen. One of them happened to be the 1991-1993 ABC series, "HOMEFRONT". Not only do I view it as one of the few টেলিভিশন series that turned out to be consistently first-rate from beginning to end, it also has one of the best pilot episodes I have ever seen.

"HOMEFRONT" followed the lives and experiences of a handful of citizens in the fictional town in Ohio, right after the end...
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"GONE WITH THE WIND" (1939) Review

Several years ago, I had come across an প্রবন্ধ that provided a তালিকা of old classics that the লেখক felt might be overrated. One of those চলচ্চিত্র turned out to be the 1939 Oscar winning film, "GONE WITH THE WIND". Not only did the লেখক accuse the movie of being both racist and sexist, he also claimed that the movie had not aged very well over the past seven decades.

Did I agree with the author? Well, let me put it this way. I would say that "GONE WITH THE WIND" has managed to withstand the tests of time . . . to a certain extent. As the লেখক had pointed...
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"HAIL, CAESAR!" (2016) Review

When I first that Joel and Ethan Coen was about to release a new film, I rejoiced. When I learned that this new movie - called "HAIL, CAESAR!" - would be set in old Hollywood, my joy increased. Then I discovered that this new film would be released in February of this year. And . . . my anticipation decreased. Somewhat.

Now, why would my anticipation for "HAIL, CAESAR!" dampened after learning about its release date? Simple. February is one of those months that is considered দ্বারা the movie industry as the graveyard for second-rate films. A Coen Brothers film set in...
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”THE WINDS OF WAR” (1983) Review

Some forty-five years ago, লেখক Herman Wouk wrote ”The Winds of War”, a bestselling novel about the experiences of a middle-aged U.S. Navy officer and his family during the early years of World War II. A decade later, ABC টেলিভিশন and producer David Wolper brought his story to the টেলিভিশন screen with a seven-part, fourteen-and-a-half ঘন্টা miniseries that became a ratings hit and a major Emmy and Golden Globe nominee.

Produced দ্বারা Dan Curtis and Barbara Steele, and directed দ্বারা Curtis; ”THE WINDS OF WAR” was a sprawling saga that told the story...
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"A NIGHT TO REMEMBER" (1958) Review

There have been many versions about the April 1912 sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Many versions. And I have personally seen at least five of them. One of them happened to be the 1958 movie, "A NIGHT TO REMEMBER".

Directed দ্বারা Roy Ward Baker, "A NIGHT TO REMEMBER" is based upon historian Walter Lord's 1955 book about the historical sinking. Since the 1958 movie was based upon a historical book instead of a novel, Baker, producer William MacQuitty and screenwriter Eric Ambler approached the film's plot in a semi-documentary style. Even the movie's leading character...
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"THE BLUE AND THE GRAY" (1982) Review

In 1982, CBS টেলিভিশন aired a three-part miniseries about the experiences of two families during the Civil War. Sounds familiar? It should, for John Jakes had wrote something similar in three novels between 1982 and 1987 – namely the "NORTH AND SOUTH" Trilogy. Jakes’ novels were adapted for টেলিভিশন in 1985, 1986 and 1994. However this miniseries was produced দ্বারা Larry White and Lou Reda. And despite the mildly similar theme to the "NORTH AND SOUTH" saga, there are some vast differences.

"THE BLUE AND THE GRAY" had not been based upon any particular...
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"TITANIC" (1953) Review

As many moviegoers know, there have been numerous film and টেলিভিশন productions about the maiden voyage and sinking of the R.M.S. টাইটানিক on April 15, 1912. The most famous production happens to be James Cameron's 1997 Oscar winning opus. However, I do wonder if there are any অনুরাগী who are aware that another টাইটানিক movie managed to strike Oscar gold.

Directed দ্বারা Jean Negulesco, the 1953 movie "TITANIC" focused on the personal lives of a wealthy American family torn asunder দ্বারা marital strife, a deep secret and the historic sinking of the Titanic. Family matriarch Mrs....
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Below is a review of "THE BLACK DAHLIA", the 2006 adaptation of James Ellroy's 1987 novel:


"THE BLACK DAHLIA" (2006) Review

Judging from the reactions among moviegoers, it seemed quite obvious that director Brian DePalma’s adaptation of James Ellroy’s 1987 novel had disappointed them. The ironic thing is that I do not share their feelings.

A good number of people – including a relative of mine – have told me that they had expected "THE BLACK DAHLIA" to be a docudrama of the infamous 1947 murder case. Others had expected the movie to be an epic-style crime drama similar to the 1997 Academy...
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posted by DR76
"CAPOTE" (2005) Review

I finally got around to watching the first of two চলচ্চিত্র about writer Truman Capote and his work on the non-fiction novel, "In Cold Blood". This particular movie, "CAPOTE", starred American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who eventually won a SAG award, a Golden Globe award and an Oscar for his performance.

Penned দ্বারা actor Dan Futterman and directed দ্বারা Bennett Miller, "CAPOTE" turned out to be a আরো somber affair than Douglas McGrath's 2006 film, "INFAMOUS". Miller had once মতামত প্রদত্ত that he wanted to create a আরো subtle portrait of the flamboyant লেখক in order to emphasize...
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"ATONEMENT" (2007) Review

Based upon Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel, "ATONEMENT" told the story about how the lies and misunderstandings of 13-year-old girl from a nouveau-riche English family affected the romance between her older sister and the son of the family’s housekeeper. The movie starred James McAvoy, Keira Knightely and Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan.

Comprised in four parts (like the novel), "ATONEMENT" began with the 13 year-old Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan), an aspiring novelist with a crush on Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), the son of the family’s housekeeper. Robbie, along with...
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"HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT" (2004) Review

My knowledge of 19th century author, Anthony Trollope, can be described as rather skimpy. In fact, I have never read any of his works. But the 2004 BBC adaptation of his 1869 novel, "He Knew He Was Right", caught my interest and I decided to watch the four-part miniseries.

"HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT" told the decline and fall of a wealthy gentleman named Louis Trevelyan (Oliver Dimsdale) and his marriage to the elder daughter of a British Colonial administrator named Sir Marmaduke Rowley (Geoffrey Palmer) during the late 1860s. Louis first met the spirited Emily...
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"12 YEARS A SLAVE" (2013) Review

I first learned about Solomon Northup many years ago, when I came across a টেলিভিশন adaptation of his story in my local video story. One glance at the video case for "HALF-SLAVE, HALF-FREE: SOLOMON NORTHUP'S ODYSSEY" made me assume that this movie was basically a fictional tale. But when I read the movie's বিবরণ on the back of the case, I discovered that I had stumbled across an adaption about a historical figure.

Intrigued দ্বারা the idea of a free black man in antebellum America being kidnapped into slavery, I rented "HALF-SLAVE, HALF-FREE: SOLOMON NORTHUP'S...
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"BAND OF ANGELS" (1957) Review

I have been a অনুরাগী of period dramas for a long time. A very long time. This is only natural, considering that I am also a history buff. One of the topics that I প্রণয় to explore is the U.S. Civil War. When আপনি combined that topic in a period drama, naturally I am bound to get excited over that particular movie অথবা টেলিভিশন production.

I have seen a good number of টেলিভিশন and movie productions about the United States' Antebellum period and the Civil War. One of those productions is "BAND OF ANGEL", an adaptation of Robert Warren Penn's 1955 novel set during the...
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"THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES" (2014) Review

When New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers first released the news that Peter Jackson would adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 novel, "The Hobbit" into three films, I had not been pleased. I thought the novel could have easily been adapted into two films অথবা even a single film. Now that Jackson's third film, "THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES", I realized that my feelings had not changed.

I still believe what I had originally stated . . . an adaptation of Tolkien's novel could have easily been limited to a single film. I believe I would have enjoyed...
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