The River of No Return (1954)

In an unusual directorial turn for Otto Preminger, comes this western, starring the even more interesting pairing of Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe.  Matt (Mitchum) is a man with a past who just wants to start over with his young son Mark (Tommy Rettig). Kay (Monroe) is a saloon singer who dreams of a better life.  Through the unscrupulous actions of her boyfriend Harry (Rory Calhoun), Kay, Matt and Mark must embark on a harrowing journey down the deadly River of No Return.  They must survive, Indians, outlaws and the elements if they are to make it to safety and a new beginning.

The film was mostly shot in Banff and Jasper National Park and Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

1hr. 31min.

The Searchers (1956)

John Wayne is Ethan Edwards the tough Civil War veteran who along with his adopted nephew Martin (Jeffrey Hunter), embark on a 5 year pursuit of his niece (Natalie Wood) who has been abducted by Comanche’s.  The two cross paths with many colorful characters and breathtaking landscapes, but the most difficult journey lies within themselves.

Considered one of John Wayne’s best performances, in 1989 the film was deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress.

1hr. 59min.

A Storm in Summer (2000)

Peter Falk stars as crotchety Abel Shaddick, owner of a delicatessen in a small town in Upstate New York. Through the thoughtless actions of his bum of a nephew, Andrew McCarthy, Abel finds himself responsible for young Herman Washington (Aaron Meeks) for two weeks.

The two have experienced plenty of prejudice and hate in their lives and at first turn some of their anger on each other.  When they realize that they (although being separated by age) have a lot in common with each other, they forge a friendship that neither one of them would have thought was possible.

1hr. 34min.

The Inheritance (1997)

Edith Adelon (Cari Shayne) is the young companion of Amy, daughter of the kindly Hamiltons (Meredith Baxter and Tom Conti).  The family treat her as one of their own, as they live on their New England estate.

Into their lives come two people that will change their quiet existence forever; greedy and manipulative Ida Glenshaw (Brigid Brannagh) and kind and charming James Percy (Thomas Gibson). Despite the difference in their social circumstances Edith and James find themselves falling in love.

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s unpublished first novel, this story showed the future promise of her talent at drawing believable and memorable characters.

1hr. 35min.

The Sound of Music (1965)

Probably one of the most well known musicals of all time, this tells the story of young nun in training Maria (Julie Andrews), who is sent to be the governess of widower Captain Von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummers) 7 children. After their initial wariness of her, the children quickly grow to love Maria as she shares her love of music and life.  It isn’t long before the stern captain begins to realize that he needs Maria there as much as his children do. Things could easily settle into a happy-go-lucky tale, but it’s set in Austria in 1938 and the world is about to change.

Based on a true story, this film along with winning 5 Academy Awards also broke many box office records around the world.

2hr. 54min.

 

The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005)

Set during WWII, the story centers around Livy (Keri Russell) a young unwed mother who is sent to the country by her stern father, where she will marry single farmer Ray (Skeet Ulrich). The two enter into the arrangement warily, but are determined to at least be friends. As the two tentatively get to know each other, she is accepted into his family and experiences the love she’s never known before.

1hr. 38min.

 

 

Ladyhawke (1985)

Set in 14th Century Europe, this fairytale focuses on the star-crossed lovers Navarre (Rutger Hauer) and Isabeau (Michelle Pfeiffer) who are cursed by the insanely jealous Bishop to be ‘always together, eternally apart’; Navarre is a wolf by night and Isabeau a hawk by day.

On their travels they meet the thief Philippe ‘The Mouse’ (Mathew Broderick), that comes up with the scheme to break the spell and unite the two.

2hr. 1min.

Separate Tables (1958)

This film stars Burt Lancaster as a man on the edge of being a hopeless drunk, David Niven as an English gentleman who’s made a pretend past for himself, Deborah Kerr as a shy woman dominated by her mother and Wendy Hiller as the owner of the inn where all of these characters abide.  Rita Hayworth, a woman with her own problems, arrives to stir things up.

1hr. 58min.

Grand Hotel (1932)

This all star cast film chooses the setting of the Grand Hotel in Berlin.  John Barrymore plays the Baron, charming playboy to the world and desperate burglar on the side.  He inadvertently touches the lives of a dieing man (Lionel Barrymore), a young stenographer (Joan Crawford) and a lonely ballerina (Greta Garbo), who he himself shares a brief but wonderful love.

1hr. 53min.