Jack Palance (February 18, 1919 - November 10, 2006) was an Oscar-winning American film actor. With his rugged facial features and gravelly voice, Palance was best known to modern movie audiences as both the characters of Curly and Duke in the two City Slickers movies, but his career spanned half a century of film and television appearances.
Palance, one of five children, was born Volodymyr Palahnyuk (Ukrainian: Володимир Палагнюк) in the Lattimer Mines section of Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, the son of Anna Gramiak and John Palahnyuk, an anthracite coal miner. Palance's parents were Ukrainian immigrants, his father a native of Ivane Zolote in Southwestern Ukraine and his mother from the Lviv region. He worked in coal mines during his youth before becoming a boxer.
In the late 1930s, Palance started a professional boxing career. Fighting under the name Jack Brazzo, Palance reportedly compiled a record of 15 consecutive victories with 12 knockouts before fighting the future heavyweight...
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Ebenezer is a 1997 Canadian television production re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol with Jack Palance giving a performance as Ebenezer Scrooge, a la western genre. Palance, after a half-century of screen presence, in one of his final projects before retirement.A TV film with high production value, it debuted in the United States on Turner Network Television. Otherwise, a somewhat obscure and rarely-seen title.Ebenezer Scrooge is the most greedy, corrupt and mean-spirited crook in the old West and he sees no value in "Holiday Humbug." But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future open his eyes, Scrooge discovers that love and friendships are the greatest wealth of all.At least 2 DVD pressings/packagings have been produced, but not believed to be in general release at this time....
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994) is a comedy directed by Paul Weiland. It is the sequel to City Slickers. Although a huge success, it was not as well received as the original.
It is the 40th birthday of Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal), and he is welcoming it. The extraordinary cattle drive vacation he took has had a lasting effect which allows him a much more satisfying life. For instance, his career is going well and he regularly jogs with Norman, the calf he helped deliver who has grown into an adult bull.
As a present, Mitch's wife is going to have the kids sleep at their aunt's house so that they can have sex alone. But prior to making love, Mitch finds an old map in the hat of his now deceased friend, Curly (who was played by Jack Palance), and sees that it is a treasure map, but it has a small corner missing. After researching over a few days about the legend of the 1908 gold theft led by Lincoln Washburn, Curly's father, Mitch, along with his best friend...,
Cops and Robbersons is a family comedy movie released in 1994 starring Chevy Chase, Dianne Wiest, and Jack Palance.When police discover that a mob hitman has moved in next door to the Robbersons, they want to find out what he is up to. So they set up a stakeout in the Robberson's home. Hard-nosed, tough-as-nails Jake Stone (Palance) is assigned to the stakeout. But now it's a question of whether Jake can last long enough to capture the bad guys. The Robbersons want to help so they are driving him crazy....,
As children, Prince Derek and Princess Odette are forced to spend their summers together by their widowed parents, who hope that the two will eventually fall in love and marry, so that the kingdoms of the two will be united. As children and adolescents, Derek (McGillin) and Odette (Nicastro) can't stand each other, but as young adults they begin to see each other in a different light and fall in love with each other. But one night things take a bad turn when Derek unintentionally offends Odette, who then refuses to marry him if he can't prove that he loves her for who she is and not just her beauty. Odette and her father are then attacked by Lord Rothbart (Palance), a vengeful sorcerer who was cast out of William's kingdom when he plotted against the king; Rothbart kills William and kidnaps Odette, placing a spell on her that turns her into a swan during the day, and she can only regain her human form when the moonlight touches the lake to which she is bound. Only a vow of everlasting...
Cyborg 2 is a 1993 science fiction action film directed by Michael Schroeder. It is the direct sequel to the 1989 film Cyborg. It is notable as the first film to feature Angelina Jolie in a starring role (she had previously made one earlier film as a child actress). It was followed by the 1994 direct-to-video release Cyborg 3: The Recycler.
City Slickers is a 1991 comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Helen Slater, Jack Palance and Bruno Kirby. Palance won the year's Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this film.
Three years later, the sequel City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold was released. With Jon Lovitz taking the place of Kirby, it was not received as well as the original.
This film is number 73 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies" and number 86 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs.
Mitch Robbins, Phil Berquist, and Ed Furillo are three men in their late 30s or early 40s, each going through his own mid-life crisis. Mitch (played by Crystal) is unmotivated at work and depressed about getting older. Phil (Stern) is browbeaten both by his wife and his father-in-law, who owns the grocery store Phil manages. Ed (played by Kirby) is newly married to a woman with supermodel looks and faces the pressure of being a father.
At Mitch's birthday party, Phil and Ed show him a brochure...,
Solar Crisis is a 1990 science fiction film from Japan America Picture Company. The screenplay was written by Joe Gannon and Crispan Bolt, based on the novel Kuraishisu niju-goju nen by Takeshi Kawata, and directed by Richard C. Sarafian credited as Alan Smithee. The cast featured Tim Matheson as Steve Kelso, Charlton Heston as Adm. 'Skeet' Kelso, Peter Boyle as Arnold Teague, Annabel Schofield as Alex Noffe, Corin Nemec as Mike Kelso and Jack Palance as Travis. Executive producer Takeshi Kawata, Takehito Sadamura. Producer Richard Edlund. Cinematographer Russell Carpenter. Music composed by Maurice Jarre.
This film received a MPAA rating of PG-13, and was filmed in color with Dolby SR stereo sound. Estimated budget was about $55,000,000. It had a very limited theatrical release.
A huge solar flare is predicted to fry the Earth. Astronauts aboard the spaceship Helios must go to the Sun to drop a bomb equipped with an Artificial Intelligence (Freddy) and a Japanese pilot (as a back up...,
Batman is an American Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. It is the first entry in the original four-part Batman film series, the first directed by Tim Burton and the first to star Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman. It also starred Jack Nicholson as the Joker. Inspired by the original work of Finger and Kane from the late thirties and forties and also by the darker Batman comics of the 1980s (including the work of Frank Miller and Alan Moore), the film moved the franchise toward Batman's dark roots and away from the campy 1960s interpretation of the character. The movie was both a box office success and critically acclaimed by both critics and audiences.
It is often referred to as Batman 1989 or Tim Burton's Batman by fans, so as not to cause confusion with films of a similar name, such as the original 1966 film, Batman: The Movie starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
Approaching its 200th anniversary, ...,
Tango & Cash is a 1989 American action/comedy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky (Albert Magnoli took over in the later stages of filming), starring Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher and Jack Palance.
Ray Tango (Stallone) and Gabriel Cash (Russell) are two highly successful Los Angeles-based narcotics cops, who work in different precincts and cannot stand each other because of their vastly different styles. Tango is a smooth, organized businessman who spends the morning with the Wall Street Journal, while Cash is a sloppy bachelor in the tradition of Martin Riggs. Between the two of them, they have seized millions of dollars of drugs and weapons that belong to crimelord Yves Perret (Palance).
The movie starts with Ray Tango in his car, driving down a desert highway, pursuing a tractor trailer. When Tango tries to pass the truck, the truck blocks the pass. Eventually, Tango gets around, and drives a far enough distance ahead of the truck. He pulls out his .357...,
Young Guns is a 1988 action/western film directed by Christopher Cain and written by John Fusco.
Its stars include Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen, Dermot Mulroney, and Casey Siemaszko. It also features Terence Stamp, Terry O'Quinn, Brian Keith, and Jack Palance. Young Guns is a fictionalized retelling of the adventures of Billy the Kid (Estevez) during the Lincoln County War, which took place in New Mexico during 1877-1878. It was filmed in and around Los Cerrillos, New Mexico.
John Tunstall, an educated Englishman and cattle rancher in Lincoln County, New Mexico, hires wayward young gun men to live and work on his ranch. Tunstall's ranch is heavy competition for another well-connected rancher named Murphy and their men clash on a regular basis. Tunstall recruits Billy and tensions escalate into the murder of Tunstall. Billy (Estevez), Doc (Sutherland), Chavez (Phillips), Dick (Sheen), Dirty Steve (Mulroney), and Charley (Siezmasko), consult...,
Bagdad Café (also known as Out of Rosenheim) is a 1987 German film directed by Percy Adlon.
The film runs 95 minutes in the U.S. and 108 minutes in the German version). It is a somewhat surreal comedy set in a down-at-heel truck-stop café and motel in the Mojave Desert. An ill-assorted cast of characters are assembled, including a plump German tourist (Sägebrecht as Jasmin) who has left her husband after a row in the middle of the desert, the short-tempered owner of the café (Pounder as Brenda) who has just thrown her husband out, Brenda's two children and grandchild, a strange ex-Hollywood set-painter (Palance), and a glamorous tattoo artist (Kaufmann). Through a passion for cleaning and for magic tricks, Jasmin transforms the café and all the people in it.
In 1990 the film was turned into a television series starring James Gammon, Whoopi Goldberg, Cleavon Little, and Jean Stapleton, with Stapleton as Jasmin and Goldberg as Brenda. In the TV version, Jasmin was no longer German....
Hawk the Slayer (1980) is a swords and sorcery movie directed by Terry Marcel and starring John Terry and Jack Palance. The protagonist is Hawk, a hero in the Dark Age, where the Evil ruled the world.
In the terrible time of Evil, the wicked Voltan kills his own father. However, before the old man dies, he bequeaths to his other son, Hawk, a sword with magical powers. Hawk then vows to avenge his father and to kill Voltan. Voltan's evil touches the whole countryside, and in time, there comes to a solitary convent one Ranulf, a man who has survived the attack of Voltan, an evildoer described as a son of Satan.
Ranulf reports to the nuns of Voltan's attack on his people, who have been "hacked to pieces", even the women and children. Ranulf's injured arm is saved, but his hand is beyond saving. He is nursed back to health.
Before long, Voltan appears at the convent. He kidnaps the Abbess, demanding as her ransom all the gold of the convent and the local Abbey. Voltan again injures...
Angels Revenge was a 1979 movie made by Arista. Directed by Greydon Clark, it is also known as Angels' Brigade and Seven from Heaven.
Angels Revenge has major roles for Peter Lawford and Jack Palance as the leaders of a drug cartel, and gives minor roles to famous character actors Jim Backus, Alan Hale, Jr., Pat Buttram and Arthur Godfrey (playing himself). Of the actresses who played the movie's seven female protagonists, however, the closest any had come to major fame was Susan Kiger, who had been the Playboy Playmate of the Month for January 1977. Kiger played singer Michelle Wilson; her co-stars were Sylvia Anderson as stuntwoman Terry Grant, Lieu Chinh as martial arts instructor Keiko Umaro, Jacqueline Cole as high-school teacher April, Noela Velasco as model Maria, and Robin Greer as policewoman Elaine Brenner. Her younger sister Liza Greer plays high-school student Trish, who invites herself into the team.
The movie focuses on seven women who decide to fight the local drug...,
L'Infermiera is a 1975 film starring Ursula Andress, Jack Palance and Luciana Paluzzi, also known by the titles I Will If You Will, The Nurse, The Sensuous Nurse and The Secrets of a Sensuous Nurse.
As an aging widower begins suffering from heart trouble, his greedy heirs hope to speed him on his way by hiring a seductive nurse (Andress) to get his pulse racing. Their plan eventually backfires as the young beauty begins to fall in love with the old man.
Torture Garden is a 1967 horror film made in the UK by Amicus Productions. It was directed by Freddie Francis and scripted by Robert Bloch. It stars Burgess Meredith, Jack Palance, Michael Ripper, Beverly Adams, Peter Cushing, Maurice Denham, Ursula Howells, Michael Bryant and Barbara Ewing.
It is one of producer Milton Subotsky's trademark "portmanteau" films, an omnibus of short stories linked by a single narrative.
Five people visit a fairground sideshow run by the sinister Dr. Diabolo (Meredith). Having shown them a handful of haunted-house-style attractions, he promises them a genuinely scary experience if they will pay extra. Their curiosity gets the better of them, and the small crowd follows him behind a curtain, where they each view their fate through the shears of the female deity Atropos.
In "Enoch", a greedy playboy (Bryant) takes advantage of his dying uncle (Denham), and falls under the spell of a man-eating cat. In "Terror Over Hollywood", a Hollywood starlet (Adams)...,
The Professionals is a 1966 Western movie directed by Richard Brooks. A late setting kidnap-rescue story, it has a small group of experts heading into Mexico to rescue the wife of a wealthy Texan from several hundred bandits. The professionals are Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode; the bandits are led by Jack Palance; the kidnapped wife is Claudia Cardinale and her husband is played by Ralph Bellamy.
The film was written and directed by Richard Brooks, who was nominated for Academy Awards for directing and writing. The cinematography, by Conrad Hall, was nominated for an Oscar.
It was filmed partly in Death Valley and Valley of Fire showing the latter prominently.
The railroad scenes were filmed on Kaiser Steel's Eagle Mountain Railroad. The locomotive seen in the movie currently resides on the Heber Valley Railroad.
The Professionals was based on the novel A Mule for the Marquesa by Frank O'Rourke.
Contempt (French: Le Mépris) is a 1963 film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, based on the Italian novel Il disprezzo (1954) by Alberto Moravia.
American film producer Jeremy Prokosch (Jack Palance) hires respected Austrian director Fritz Lang (playing himself) to direct a film adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey. Dissatisfied with Lang's treatment of the material as an art film, Prokosch hires Paul Javal (Michel Piccoli), a novelist and playwright, to rework the script. The conflict between artistic expression and commercial opportunity parallels Paul's sudden estrangement from his wife Camille Javal (Brigitte Bardot), who is mysteriously aloof with him after being left alone with Prokosch, a millionaire playboy.
While founded on Moravia's story of the progressive estrangement between a husband and wife, Godard's version also contains deliberate parallels with aspects of his own life: while Paul, Camille, and Prokosch correspond to Odysseus, Penelope, and Posiedon, they also correspond in...,
Barabbas is a 1962 film expanding on the career of Barabbas, from the Christian Passion narrative in the Gospel of Mark and other gospels. It starred Anthony Quinn as Barabbas, with Silvana Mangano, Katy Jurado, Arthur Kennedy, Harry Andrews, Ernest Borgnine, Vittorio Gassman, and Jack Palance, and was distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film, conceived as a grand Roman epic, was based on the Nobel-Prize winning novel Barabbas (1950) by Pär Lagerkvist. A previous film version of the novel, in Swedish, had been made in 1953.The 1962 film version of Lagerkvist's novel was directed by Richard Fleischer and shot in Rome under the supervision of producer Dino De Laurentiis. It included many spectacular scenes including a battle of gladiators in a Cinecittà mock-up of the Colosseum, and a final crucifixion shot during a real eclipse of the sun. The music score, by Mario Nascimbene, contained a stark experimental component -- what the composer himself called 'new sounds', in order to...,
Austerlitz is a 1960 film directed by Abel Gance and starring Jean Marais, Rossano Brazzi, Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale, and Elvire Popesco. Pierre Mondy portrays Napoleon in this film about his defeat of the Russians at Austerlitz considered one of his greatest victories of the Napoleonic Wars....
The Big Knife is a 1955 film noir made by The Associates & Aldrich Company and released by United Artists. It was directed and produced by Robert Aldrich from a screenplay by James Poe based on the play by Clifford Odets.The film stars Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen, Rod Steiger, Shelley Winters, Ilka Chase and Everett Sloane.Jack Palance plays Charles Castle, a Hollywood A-list actor who refuses to renew his contract, enraging his studio boss, Stanley Shriner Hoff (played by Rod Steiger and reputedly based on Harry Cohn). His boss has knowledge of a very damaging secret about the star, and Hoff is willing to do anything to make the actor resign even if that means destroying his career. The film is a ruthless and poignant look at fame and the movie business.The film was nominated for the Leone d'Oro for Robert Aldrich at the Venice Film Festival and won the Silver Lion....,
Man in the Attic is a 1953 thriller film directed by Hugo Fregonese. It was released in the United States on December 23 by Twentieth Century Fox. The movie, based on the novel The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes, fictionalizes the Jack the Ripper killings.The story takes place in London, 1888. On the third night of the Jack the Ripper killings, a man rents out an attic from an older couple in need of extra income. The man (Jack Palance), a research pathologist, begins working on his experiments in the rooms. Helen Harley, the landlady (Frances Bavier), becomes suspicious of the man, especially when her niece shows an interest in him....,
Shane is a 1953 western film made by Paramount Pictures. It was produced and directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by A.B. Guthrie Jr., based on the 1949 novel of the same name by Jack Schaefer. The cinematography was by Loyal Griggs, the music score by Victor Young and the costume design by Edith Head.The film stars Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and Van Heflin with Brandon De Wilde, Elisha Cook Jr., Jack Palance and Ben Johnson.
A mysterious gunslinger named Shane (Alan Ladd) drifts into a quiet western town, and quickly finds himself drawn into a conflict between simple homesteader (sodbuster) Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) and powerful cattle baron Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer), who wants to force him and every other homesteader in the valley off his land. Shane accepts a job as a farmhand, but finds Starrett's young son Joey (Brandon DeWilde) drawn to him for his strength and skill with a gun. Shane himself is uncomfortably drawn to Starrett's wholesomely charming wife, Marian (Jean Arthur...,
Sudden Fear is a 1952 film noir which tells the story of an actor who attempts to seduce a successful Broadway playwright in order to prove to her that he can play a romantic lead. It stars Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett, Virginia Huston and Mike Connors.
Marlon Brando was originally offered the role of Lester Blaine (Palance's role). The film was shot in San Francisco, California.
The movie was adapted by Lenore J. Coffee and Robert Smith from the novel by Edna Sherry. It was directed by David Miller.
Sudden Fear was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jack Palance), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Joan Crawford), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White and Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.
Writer Spencer Selby calls Sudden Fear "Undoubtedly one of the most stylish and refined woman-in-distress noirs."...,
Panic in the Streets is a black and white, 96-minute film directed by Elia Kazan and released in 1950 by 20th Century Fox. It is film noir semidocumentary shot exclusively on location in New Orleans, Louisiana and featuring numerous New Orleans citizens in speaking and non-speaking roles.
The film tells the story of Clinton Reed, an officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (played by Richard Widmark) and a police captain (Paul Douglas) who have only a day or two in which to prevent an epidemic of pneumonic plague after Reed determines a waterfront homicide victim is an index case. Co-stars include Barbara Bel Geddes (as Reed's wife Nancy), Walter Jack Palance (in his film debut) and Zero Mostel — the latter two play associates of the victim who had prompted the investigation. The film was also the debut of Tommy Rettig, who played the Reeds' son.
The film won an Academy Award for Writing (Motion Picture Story) in 1950. The script (adapted by writer Daniel Fuchs) was based on...,
Jack Palance was born