James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an AmericanEmmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of film and stage well known for his deep baritone voice.
Jones was born Todd Jones in Arkabutla Township, Tate County, Mississippi, the son of Ruth (née Williams), a teacher and maid, and Robert Earl Jones (1910-2006), an actor, boxer , butler, and chauffeur who left the family before James Earl's birth. Jones and his father reconciled many years later in the 1980s and 1990s. Jones was raised by his maternal grandparents, farmers Maggie and John Henry Williams, and is of African, Irish, Choctaw and Cherokee descent.
He moved to his grandparent's farm in Jackson, Michigan at the age of five, but the adoption was traumatic and he developed a stutter so severe he refused to speak aloud. He remained functionally mute for eight years until he reached high school. He credits his high school teacher, Donald Crouch, who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry, with helping him out of his silence. The...
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Click is a 2006 comedy/drama /fantasy film directed by Frank Coraci and written by Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe. Click tells the story of Michael Newman (Adam Sandler), an overworked architect so wrapped up in his job because of his boss (David Hasselhoff) that his family is forced to take the backseat. He gets a "universal remote" from an eccentric engineer named Morty (Christopher Walken), and finds he can literally control the universe around him. It began filming in late-2005 and was finished by early-2006. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup.
Tagline:What If You Had A Universal Remote... That Controlled Your Universe?Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) is a loving family man who just wants to be promoted to his boss John Ammer's partner in an architectural firm so that he can spend more time with his wife Donna (Kate Beckinsale), kids Ben and Samantha and his dog Sundance (Who had developed a habit of continueing mating with a stuffed duck). While he is at a...,
Scary Movie 4 is a fourth film of the Scary Movie franchise and is directed by David Zucker, written by Jim Abrahams, Craig Mazin and Pat Proft, and produced by Craig Mazin and Robert K. Weiss. It is distributed by The Weinstein Company via its Dimension Films unit in the US, and internationally by Buena Vista Distribution (Miramax). It was released on April 14, 2006.
Anna Faris and Regina Hall are back as the lovable, dim-witted Cindy Campbell and her self-serving, sex-crazed pal Brenda Meeks respectively. They are joined this time around by Craig Bierko as the cute, but utterly clueless, Tom Ryan. Together, they battle to save the world from a ruthless alien invasion. Cindy moves in next to Tom because she's taking care of an old lady. She finds out the house is haunted by a little boy and goes on a quest to find out who killed him and why. Also, Alien "triPods" are invading the world and Cindy has to uncover the secret in order to stop them.
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The Benchwarmers is a 2006 comedy film that was released on April 7, 2006. It stars David Spade, Rob Schneider and Jon Heder and is directed by Dennis Dugan. It is produced by Happy Madison Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures.Richie Goodman (David Spade), Gus Matthews (Rob Schneider) and Clark Reedy (Jon Heder) are three grown men and neighborhood friends. Clark and Richie were also the unpopular kids who were constantly bullied by jocks and always benched at the little league baseball games, because of their less-than-stellar athletic abilities and Clark's mental problems. When a nerdy boy named Nelson (Max Prado) and his friends are kicked off a nearby baseball diamond by a team of bullies, Gus and Clark chase the bullies away. When Gus and Clark return with Richie to play again and get back their feel for the game, the bullies return and demand that they leave. Gus challenges the bullies to play them for the field, and the three friends win. Later, Nelson's father Mel (Jon...
The Sandlot 2 is a direct-to-DVD 2005 sequel to The Sandlot.The movie is set in 1972, 10 years after the events of The Sandlot. New kids have moved into the neighborhood of San Fernando Valley in Southern California, and have started playing baseball in the sandlot from the first movie. The previous kids have all grown and moved away. A young boy named Johnnie Smalls (James Willson), the younger brother of Scotty Smalls, the narrator of the first movie, has heard the legend of "The Beast"/Hercules owned by Mr. Mertle, who lives behind the sandlot. David Durango (Max-Lloyd Jones) is the leader of the five boys. Then, three girls join the team, one of them named Hailey Goodfairer (Samantha Burton). The girls were league softball players, and Hailey always pitches the ball underhand. She starts to develop feelings for David, and it is revealed that he may have feelings for Hailey. In one scene, they challenge a little league team and the lead player hurts Hailey by hitting her in the...,
Robots is a computer-animated film produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century Fox (the same companies behind the film Ice Age), and was released theatrically (both in normal theaters and in IMAX theaters) on March 11th, 2005. The DVD of Robots was released on September 27th, 2005.
The film is set on a world populated only by robots, with most of the action occurring in Rivet Town (based on Watertown, New York) and Robot City, home to Bigweld Industries. The hero is a young genius robot, Rodney (Ewan McGregor), who lives in the small town of Rivet Town but aspires to improve the world. After failing to help his father (Stanley Tucci), Rodney decides to travel to Robot City, the robot metropolis, to meet his childhood idol Bigweld (Mel Brooks). When he arrives, he learns that his hero has been forced out as the head of his own company by the profit-motivated Ratchet (Greg Kinnear). To maximize profits, Ratchet ends production of replacement parts for robots, forcing them to ...,
Finder's Fee is an American film. It was directed by Jeff Probst from his original screenplay. The story is based on an actual event that occurred to Probst.
The film takes place over the course of a single evening. Tepper, played by Erik Palladino, finds a wallet on his way home from work. He contacts the owner of the wallet by telephone, and then later discovers that the wallet contains the winning ticket for a lottery.
Complications arise when Tepper's friends come over for their regular poker night. One of the conditions of the game is that everyone purchase a ticket for the lottery, to be thrown into the pot. The game is played as a freezeout, with the winner collecting all the tickets and any prizes they may be worth. When the owner of the wallet, played by James Earl Jones, arrives, he realizes that the winning ticket is in the pot, and stays to play in the game.
Finder's Fee won the Golden Space Needle Award, given to the audience's choice for Best Picture at the 2001Seattle...
Fantasia 2000 is an animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. A followup to 1940's Fantasia, the film is the thirty-eighth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. It premiered in the United States on December 17, 1999, was released to IMAX theaters on January 1, 2000, and was later released to standard theaters nationwide on June 16, 2000. As with its predecessor, the film visualizes classical music compositions with various forms of animation and live-action introductions. The music is performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, arranged and conducted by James Levine, except for two pieces arranged by Peter Schickele, and the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment from the original film.
The composers and their works, in the order in which they appear:
The plan for the original Fantasia movie was for it to be a kind of permanently running show, periodically adding new episodes while others would be rotated out. However,...,
Our Friend, Martin is a 1999 animated children's educational film about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement. Two friends travel through time, meeting Dr. King at several points during his life. It featured an all-star voice cast including Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta, Susan Sarandon, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Ed Asner, Robert Ri'chard, and Jaleel White among others. The movie was nominated for an Emmy award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour).
Edward Asner- Mr. Harris (as Ed Asner)
Angela Bassett- Miles' Mom
Lucas Black- Randy
Theodore Borders- Martin at age 12
LeVar Burton- Martin at age 26 (as Levar Burton)
Jessica Garcia- Maria
Danny Glover- Train Conductor
Whoopi Goldberg- Mrs. Peck
Samuel L. Jackson- Turner
James Earl Jones- Daddy King
Ashley Judd- Mrs. Dale
Richard Kind- Mr. Willis
Dexter King- Martin at age 34 (as...
Undercover Angel, also known as Un vrai petit ange (French title in Canada), is a 1999 film by writer/director Bryan Michael Stoller. The romantic comedy starred Yasmine Bleeth and Dean Winters.Harrison (Dean Winters) is a struggling freelance writer who becomes the unwilling babysitter of a precocious little six-year-old girl, Jenny (Emily Mae Young), when her mother, Melissa (Lorraine Ansell), one of Harrison's former girlfriends whom he hasn't seen in some time, asks him to babysit because Melissa needs to be out of town for several weeks.Harrison is originally unenthusiastic about the arrangement, but soon he develops a tenderness for Jenny. Little Jenny decides that Harrison needs a steady girlfriend and plays matchmaker for Harrison and Holly (Yasmine Bleeth), a beautiful woman who frequently visits the same coffee shop as Harrison and Jenny..Harrison later writes stories for Jenny about Mr. Dodo—her favorite stuffed animal. Jenny secretly gets Holly to transcribe the books, and...
In 1998, Disney believed that Simba's Pride would be so popular that it shipped 15 million copies to stores for the October 27 release date. Disney sold 3.5 million copies in three days. Thirteen million copies were sold while it was still in print in the late 90s.This movie was "not rated" until the 2-disc Special Edition was released. It was then given a G rating by the MPAA.
While the original film's plot seems to have been based on the Shakespeare play Hamlet, this sequel's plot is similar to another Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet.The film's story begins where the previous film ended: The presentation of Simba and Nala's new cub Kiara. Kiara, headstrong and curious, disobeys her father and triggers a conflict that seemingly did not end with the previous film.
King Simba and Queen Nala have a daughter named Kiara, who is presented by Rafiki to a gathering of animals below. When Kiara is older, she runs off to play and encounters Kovu, a cub from a pride of lions exiled by...
Gang Related (1997) is a film written and directed by Jim Kouf which stars Tupac Shakur and James Belushi. The film revolves around two detectives who attempt to frame a homeless man for the murder of undercover DEA agent they themselves had killed. The film is also famous for being Tupac Shakur's last movie performance. A DVD version of the film was released on November 20, 2001.
Police detectives Frank Divinci (James Belushi) and Jake Rodriguez (Tupac Shakur) gun down narcotics dealer Lionel Hudd (Kool Moe Dee), after the three engage illegally in drug trafficing; this is in order to recover the cocaine Hudd purchased from them. When Divinci and Rodriguez find out Hudd was actually a "deep cover" DEA agent--because Hudd's partner (Gary Cole) drops by their precinct for help sniffing out the killers--they try to frame anyone else with the murder. It doesn't help that Rodriguez has outstanding gambling debts, and that a huge man known only as "Mr. Cutlass Supreme" (Tiny Lister) is on...,
What the Deaf Man Heard is a 1997 Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie about Sammy, a boy who pretends to be deaf and mute, when in reality he can hear and speak perfectly well. The movie starred Matthew Modine and James Earl Jones. The movie aired on CBS television on November 23, 1997.When young Sammy's mother Helen disappears during a bus trip, he takes to heart her warning to "keep quiet." He is informally adopted by Lucille and the entire small town looks after him. As Sammy grows to adulthood, he pretends to be deaf and mute as a self-protective device. Over a 20-year period, he hears many secrets and confidences. However, when he hears something harmful he decides to take action, to protect the townspeople who have become his family, revealing his secret....
Jefferson in Paris is a 1995 Merchant Ivory Productions/Touchstone Pictures' film with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The film was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant. Selected for Cannes Film Festival's Official Selection in May 1995.
It is about the historical figure Thomas Jefferson as the U.S. Ambassador to France, before he became President.
Starring Nick Nolte (as Thomas Jefferson) and Greta Scacchi (as Maria Cosway).
Co-starring Jean-Pierre Aumont, Simon Callow, Seth Gilliam, James Earl Jones, Michael Lonsdale (as King Louis XVI), Nancy Marchand, Thandie Newton (as Sally Hemings), Gwyneth Paltrow (as Patsy Jefferson), Charlotte de Turckheim (as Queen Marie-Antoinette) and Lambert Wilson (as Marquis de Lafayette).
Also with Tim Choate, Elsa Zylberstein (as Madame de Lafayette), Nicolas Silberg, Catherine Samie, Vernon Dobtcheff, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Vincent Cassel (as Camille Desmoulins), Laure Marsac (cameo) etc...
Also baroque music performance...
Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on the book of the same name by Tom Clancy.
In the novel, Jack Ryan is thrown into the position of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Acting Deputy Director and discovers that he is being kept in the dark by his colleagues who are conducting a covert war against drug lords in Colombia.
The movie opens with the United States Coast Guard stopping a suspicious yacht, finding that the owner and his family had been murdered by several men still operating the craft. The murdered man happens to have been a close friend of President of the United States, Bennett. President Bennett finds out that the man was murdered because of his ties to the Cali Cartel, having skimmed over $600 million from the Cartel for his own use. In his anger, the President tells James Cutter, his National Security Advisor, that the Colombian drug cartels represent "a clear and present danger" to the U.S., indirectly giving Cutter unofficial...,
The Lion King is a 1994 animated feature Academy Award-winning film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd film in the Disney animated feature canon, and the highest-grossing traditionally animated feature film in the United States. The film focuses on a young lion in Africa named Simba, who learns of his place in the "Circle of Life" while struggling through various obstacles to become the rightful king.
The Lion King is a musical film, with songs written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, and a film score by Hans Zimmer. The score and one of its songs won Academy Awards. Disney later produced two related movies: a sequel, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and a semi-prequel, The Lion King 1½.
The Lion King was originally called King of the Jungle during early stages of production. As in the case of the earlier film Bambi, animators studied real-life animals for reference, and some of the filmmakers went to Kenya to...,
The Sandlot is a 1993 film about young baseball players. The film was directed by David Evans and was released with the title The Sandlot Kids in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Taglines:The film is a flashback to 1962 when Scotty Smalls moves with his mother and stepfather to Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley in Southern California. The move gave Scotty very little time to make friends before summer. He happens to follow some of the neighborhood kids after school one day and sees them playing baseball. Scotty watches from a distance and is embarrassed when his attempt to throw the ball back to them was horrible. All the kids consider him a loser except for Benny Rodriguez, the best player on the team. Benny asks Scotty to play with the team so they can have a full roster of nine players. Benny gets the rest of the crew to accept Scotty by having him hold his glove hand in the air, and hitting a fly ball right into Scotty's glove, giving him the confidence he needed to throw the ball...,
The 1993 motion picture Sommersby was directed by Jon Amiel and stars Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Bill Pullman and James Earl Jones. The music was created by Danny Elfman and praised for its dark themes of tragedy and romance.
Set against the backdrop of the U.S.Civil War, it is a retelling of the story of 16th century French peasant Martin Guerre (already filmed by Daniel Vigne in 1982 as Le Retour de Martin Guerre).Just after the American Civil War has ended, a soldier named John "Jack" Sommersby has been presumed killed, and his wife Laurel is working his farm without him. Until his return she has been quite content and is rather happy without him, as the "pre-war" Jack was an unpleaseant and abusive husband.
One day her husband seemingly returns to her. Immediately there are those that question whether this is the real Sommersby; including his shoe-maker who find that this Sommersby now has a foot that is two sizes smaller than the template took of his "old" foot. He is now...
The Meteor Man is a 1993 film by director, writer, and star Robert Townsend about a superhero.Jefferson Reed is a mild mannered school teacher in Washington D.C. His neighborhood is plagued by a local gang, The Golden Lords, drug dealers who terrorize the locals. One night, Jeff steps in to rescue a woman from the gang, only to end up running from them himself. Hiding in a garbage dumpster, he manages to escape, but as he climbs out of it, he is struck down by a glowing green meteorite which crashes down from the sky. His spine is crushed and he receives severe burns. He awakens several days later in hospital, but when his bandages are taken off, he is miraculously healed from all his injuries.Jeff soon discovers the meteorite has left him with other abilities too, such as flight and superhuman strength. Confiding this to his parents (Robert Guillaume and Marla Gibbs), he is convinced by them to use his powers to try and help his community. His mother designs a costume for him, and as...,
Sneakers is a 1992 caper film directed by Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams), and written by Robinson, Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker. It stars a diverse ensemble cast.
In addition to being a cerebral thriller with many action sequences, the film explores numerous themes, often in a humorous and light-hearted manner. Themes include: political ideology, the role of technology in society, privacy, security, computer security, espionage, trust issues, friendship, humanitarianism, the failure of Communism, the risks and rewards of capitalism, finding both good and evil in unexpected places, positive and negative influences at work in the United States, and the government's role in domestic surveillance.
In the prologue, a flashback shows that "Bishop" is Martin Brice's assumed name, as he has been hiding his true identity to protect himself from the government since the late 1960s. In the flashback, Martin and his friend Cosmo (Ben Kingsley) are shown breaking into computer...,
Patriot Games is a film based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. It was released on June 5, 1992 and directed by Phillip Noyce. In the movie, Jack Ryan was played by Harrison Ford and Jack's doctor-wife, Cathy Muller Ryan, by Anne Archer.
Jack Ryan is on a "working vacation" in London with his family, after having retired from the CIA. Here they witness an attack on Lord William Holmes, British Secretary of State of Northern Ireland and a member of the British Royal Family. Ryan intervenes in the attack and kills some of the terrorists and also incapitates Sean Miller, one of the attackers. Ryan is wounded in the process but testifies in court against Miller, who is part of a breakaway group of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) (the breakaway group, the Ulster Liberation Army (ULA) is unmentioned in the movie, but in the book). Ryan is awarded a knighthood and eventually returns to the United States.
While being transferred to prison, Miller's escort convoy is...,
Freddie as F.R.O.7 is a 1992 British animated film written and directed by Jon Acevski. It is a parody of James Bond. The film was inspired by bedtime stories Acevski told to his son about his favourite toy frog working as a secret agent.In his early life, Prince Frederik, or Freddie, lived with his father in a handsome castle and was taught magical powers. His mother was killed in a storm at sea. One day, Freddie went horse riding outside the castle with his father, but after Messina spooked the horse his father was riding, his father fell to his death from a great height. Freddie witnessed a long, red cobra; he had never seen one of those in the forest before. Freddie became orphaned, and Messina took him in. Soon Freddie realises that the cobra he saw in the forest was Messina, and instead of killing Freddie, she transformed him into a frog and tried to capture him. Soon, both fall from the castle window and into the raging sea, and Freddie is saved in the jaws of a large sea...
An star-filled ensemble cast came together to make this 1991 film, which is largely about the love lives of three women, and which takes place in cajun Louisiana on the wedding night of a young woman named Splendid (played by Emily Lloyd). Splendid is scared to death of what will happen in the bedroom with her new husband, Dolan (James Wilder) and her father, Jumper (Leland Crooke), finds himself having to coax his daughter to submit to the groom.
Meanwhile, Talbot (Jennifer Tilly) comes to terms with the fact that her husband has not been satisfied at home and has been cheating on her, as the town prostitute, Thais (Faye Dunaway) shares her wisdom on the ways of men -- all this takes place while the town bartender, Bear (James Earl Jones) and the town drunk, Howler (Denholm Elliott), debate the finer points of music and life.
The soundtrack of the film features the Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth Symphony.
The DVD was released by Trinity Home Entertainment in January of 2005.
The Hunt for Red October was a 1990 film based on the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by John McTiernan and starred Sean Connery as Captain Marko Ramius and Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan.
The film won the Academy Award for Sound Editing in 1991.
Marko Ramius is captain of the Soviet Union's newest ballistic missile submarine, the Red October, equipped with a revolutionary silent propulsion system known as the Caterpillar drive. At the start of the movie, he is shown taking the boat out to sea, ostensibly for its first exercise with other units of the Russian Fleet. The captain, however, has another plan—to navigate the submarine to the coast of America in order to defect.
To achieve this, he must murder his political officer, who, alone amongst his officers, was not hand-picked in support of this action. After this is done, he reads substitute orders to his crew to support the mission, and begins his long journey. He is, at first, discovered and tracked by the,
The Ambulance is a 1990 thriller film written and directed by Larry Cohen. It stars Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Janine Turner, Megan Gallagher, Red Buttons, and Eric Braeden as the Doctor.Picture Of The Movie Carhttp://www.100megsfree4.com/cadillac/cad1970/1973/73ambulance.jpgThe Ambulance is a Hitchcock-style thriller in which a man (Roberts) witnesses the kidnapping of a young woman and investigates her disappearance, much to the disdain of a gum-chomping policeman (James Earl Jones)....
Grim Prairie Tales is a 1990 American horror film, directed and written by Wayne Coe, and starring James Earl Jones and Brad Dourif. It is an anthology film of 4 Western (genre) stories, told by two travellers around a prairie campfire. Morrison (Jones) is a grizzled bounty hunter carrying a body, while Farley Deeds (Dourif) is a clerk on the way to a romantic reunion with his wife.
The first story, told by Morrison, is about an Indian tribe's revenge against the man (played by Will Hare) who desecrates their burial ground. When that doesn't impress Deeds, the second story, also by Morrison, tells about a man (played by Marc McClure) who helps a seductive seemingly pregnant woman (played by Michelle Joyner) in trouble. Deeds then responds with the only non-supernatural story of the three, about a homesteader family whose father (played by William Atherton) is forced to participate in a lynch mob. Finally, Morrison tells about a gunslinger (played by Scott Paulin) haunted by a man he...,
Field of Dreams (1989) is a movie about a farmer who becomes convinced by a mysterious voice that he is supposed to construct a baseball diamond in his corn field. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffmann, Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, and Frank Whaley. The film's underlying theme concerns the fulfillment of dreams and overcoming regrets for things done, or not done, in life.The movie was directed and adapted by Phil Alden Robinson from the novel Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.The character played by Burt Lancaster and Frank Whaley, Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, was a real baseball player. The background of the character is based on his true life, with a few factual liberties taken for artistic reasons.The fictional author Terence Mann (James Earl Jones) is based on the reclusive author J. D....
Three Fugitives is a 1989 comedy film starring Nick Nolte, Martin Short and James Earl Jones and directed by Francis Veber. It is a remake of Les Fugitifs, a 1986 French comedy starring Gerard Depardieu and Pierre Richard and also directed by Francis Veber. Nolte plays the lead role of Lucas, a man recently released from prison for armed robbery who, on the day he is released, gets taken hostage by Ned Perry (Short), an incompetent novice bank robber who robs the bank (to get money for treatment for his daughter) Lucas just happens to be in. The film is rated PG-13.
Detective Duggan (Earl Jones) assumes they must be in it together and sets about tracking them down. Several chases, an accidental shooting, treatment from a crazy vet and other capers then follow, all the while Lucas trying to ditch his idiotic companion he nicknames 'asshole' and prove his innocence.
Whilst avoiding the law the two form an unlikely partnership to help cure the silent daughter and make good their escape....
Best of the Best is a 1989 martial arts film. The plot revolves around a team of Americans facing a team of Koreans in a taekwondo tournament. Several sub plots pop up this story - moral conflicts, the power of the human spirit triumphing over adversity are some themes. The movie stars Eric Roberts and James Earl Jones. Several sequels have been made.
Alexander Grady, a widower and father of a five-year-old son, Walter, is chosen to represent the United States of America in an international taekwondo tournament against Team Korea. Also chosen for the team is Tommy Lee, a man seeking revenge against a member of Team Korea for the death of his brother during a previous tournament. The rest of Team USA consists of Travis Brickley, Virgil Keller and Sonny Grasso.
Coached by Frank Couzo and Catherine Wade, the team prepares to meet an unstoppable group of true martial arts experts. The odds of winning are zero to none as the Koreans train all year long and are known as the best the...,
Coming to America is a 1988 comedy film directed by John Landis. The screenplay was written by David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein and Eddie Murphy, based on an idea and an original script by Art Buchwald. Murphy was joined by James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall and Madge Sinclair in starring roles.Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy), the prince and heir to the throne of the fictitious African country Zamunda, is discontented with being pampered all his life. The final straw is when his parents (James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair) present him with a bride-to-be he has never met before, trained to desire mindlessly obeying his every command.Akeem concocts a plan to travel to America to find a wife he can both love and respect. He and servant Semmi (Arsenio Hall) settle on Queens, New York, and after several scrapes, find an apartment and begin working at a local restaurant called McDowell's, a blatant copy of McDonald's, passing themselves off as students. When he first meets Akeem and Semmi,...,
Matewan is an American 1987 drama by John Sayles, illustrating the events of a coal mine-workers' strike and attempt to unionize in 1920 in Matewan, a small town in the hills of West Virginia.
Based on the Battle of Matewan, the film stars Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, David Strathairn, Kevin Tighe, Will Oldham, and Jace Alexander.
It was 1920 in the southwest West Virginia coal fields, and, as the narrator recalls, "things were tough". In response to efforts by miners to organize into a labor union, the Stone Mountain Coal Company announces it will cut the pay miners receive, and will be importing replacement workers into town to replace those who join the union. The new workers are African Americans from Alabama and are coming in on the train, but the train is stopped outside town and the black men are told to get off. Derided as "scabs", they are then attacked by the local miners, but are able to get back on the train and continue their journey.
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold is a movie directed by Gary Nelson and released on May 16, 1987 in the USA. It is based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard of the same name. It is the sequel to King Solomon's Mines.
The role of Allan Quatermain is played by Richard Chamberlain and that of Jesse Huston by Sharon Stone, who was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Awards for "Worst Actress" for this role. The movie also starred James Earl Jones as Umslopogaas, Henry Silva as Agon, Aileen Marson as Queen Nyleptha and Cassandra Peterson as Sorias.
Gardens of Stone is a 1987 film by Francis Ford Coppola. It tells the story of a hardened Korean and Vietnam War veteran Sgt. Clell Hazard (James Caan); he longs to train soldiers for Vietnam but is instead put in the 1st battalion 3rd infantry regiment (The Old Guard) at Fort Myer, Virginia. The Old Guard does the funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. Hazard calls them the "toy soldiers" and hates his job until Jackie Willow (D. B. Sweeney), the son of an old friend and fellow veteran, turns up in his company and he sees an opportunity to make sure at least one man comes home alive. He tries to warn Willow about Vietnam but the young man sees it as his duty as a soldier to fight for his country, no matter what kind of war.
James Earl Jones plays Hazard's longtime friend, Sergeant Major "Goody" Nelson. Anjelica Huston portrays Hazard's girlfriend, Samantha Davis, a writer for the Washington Post who is against the Vietnam War for different reasons than Hazard. Later in the film,...,
Soul Man is a comedy movie made in 1986 about a man who undergoes transracial transformation with pills to qualify for an affirmative action placement at Harvard Law School. It stars C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, James Earl Jones, Leslie Nielsen, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.Taglines:In 1986 when the film was released it caused a big stir up among the African-American community because throughout most of the film C. Thomas Howell is in black face make up.The film crew also took footage on the Harvard College campus without getting permission from the university....
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi is a 1983 space opera film directed by Richard Marquand and written by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan. It is the third film released in the Star Wars saga, and the sixth and final in terms of internal chronology.The film is set about one year after Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Luke Skywalker and members of the Rebel Alliance travel to Tatooine to rescue their friend Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt. Meanwhile, the Galactic Empire is planning to crush the Rebel Alliance with a more powerful Death Star while the Rebel fleet simultaneously prepares to launch a full-scale attack on this new space station. Luke confronts his father, Darth Vader, in a climactic duel before the evil Emperor Palpatine.The film's original theatrical release was on May 25, 1983, receiving mostly positive reviews. Several home video and theatrical releases and revisions to the film followed over the next 20 years. It was the last Star Wars film released...,
The Flight of Dragons is a 1982 animated movie produced by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. and very loosely based on the speculative natural history book of the same name by Peter Dickinson and the novel The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson. Released direct to video in 1982, it was finally aired as an ABC 'Movie of the Week' in 1986. Opening theme sung by Don McLean.Peter Dickinson (voiced by John Ritter) is a poor, dreaming scientist/inventor who is transported into the failing world of magic. He meets three wizards, two dragons, and the beautiful Princess Melisande (voiced by Alexandra Stoddart), who is a Wizard's foster-daughter. The green wizard Carolinus (voiced by Harry Morgan), his brothers Lo Tae Shao (voiced by Don Messick), and the blue wizard Solarius explain that the world of magic is dying. To save it, they must join together to create the 'Last Realm of Magic' -- a protected place where magic will live on after humans stop believing. The red wizard Ommadon ...,
Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 film by director John Milius and is recognized as the acting breakthrough of bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is loosely based on the Conan the Barbarian stories by Robert E. Howard and was written by the unlikely pairing of Oliver Stone and John Milius. It was followed in 1984 by a lighter, more child-friendly, but less successful sequel, Conan the Destroyer. While its sequel is a much more traditional sword and sorcery tale that includes magic, monsters, and fantastical events, Conan the Barbarian is set in a bronze and iron age setting with a few supernatural elements.
The film begins with a young Cimmerian boy, Conan, witnessing the destruction of his village and the death of his parents at the hand of warlord Thulsa Doom. The battle standard carried by the invaders, two snakes facing each other over a black sun, is burned into the memory of young Conan.
Sold into slavery, Conan eventually grows strong enough to fight as a gladiator. His owner...,
The Bushido Blade is a 1981 film, directed by Shusei Kotani, about a samurai sword given to Commodore Matthew Perry by the Emperor of Japan that was stolen by a band of thieves who oppose the treaty about to be signed. Three Americans travel to a castle to retrieve the sword, so that the signing of the treaty can take place.Commodore Perry is played by Richard Boone in his last role. Toshiro Mifune, Sonny Chiba, Mako and James Earl Jones also appear in this movie....
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 space opera film developed by George Lucas, written by Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett, and directed by Irvin Kershner. It is the second film released in the Star Wars saga, and the fifth in terms of internal chronology.
The film is set three years after the destruction of the Death Star. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia are being pursued by Darth Vader and the elite forces of the Galactic Empire. While Han and Leia are chased across space by the Empire, Luke studies the Force under Jedi Master Yoda. Vader is secretly plotting a trap for Luke that will lead to a vicious confrontation and a shocking revelation.
Following a difficult production, The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21, 1980, and received mixed reviews from critics. Despite this, it earned more than $538 million (US$) worldwide over the original run and several re-releases, making it the highest grossing film of 1980 and becoming the,
Exorcist II: The Heretic is a 1977 American horror film and the sequel to the 1973 film The Exorcist. It was directed by John Boorman who also co-wrote the screenplay with William Goodhart from an original story by Rospo Pallenberg. The author of the original, William Peter Blatty, was not involved in the production, and received credit only for creation of the characters.
Father Philip Lamont (Richard Burton), who is struggling with his faith, is assigned by the Cardinal (Paul Henreid) to investigate the death of Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow), who had been killed in the course of exorcising the Assyrian demon Pazuzu from Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair). While Lamont, who's had some experience at exorcism, thinks of Merrin as a saint, he is actually up on posthumous heresy charges. Some Church authorities are not sure the exorcism should have been performed (even though it was officially approved by the local Bishop). Merrin’s writings are considered very controversial. Apparently, Church...,
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, originally released as Star Wars, is a 1977 space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first of six films released in the Star Wars saga; three later films precede the story in the series' internal chronology. Ground-breaking in its use of special-effects, this, the first Star Wars movie, is one of the most successful films of all time and is generally considered one of the most influential as well.
The film is set about 19 years after the formation of the Galactic Empire; construction has finished on the Death Star, a weapon capable of destroying a planet. After Princess Leia Organa, a leader of the Rebel Alliance, receives the weapon's plans in the hope of finding a weakness, she is captured and taken to the Death Star. Meanwhile, a young farmer named Luke Skywalker meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived in seclusion for years on the desert planet of Tatooine. When Luke's home is burned and his aunt and uncle killed, Obi-Wan...,
Dave Anderson and Manny Durrell are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them behind bars. Instead, he offers to maintain his silence if the crooks will go straight and do work at a youth center for delinquents. At first, the crooks are reluctant and unwilling (and so are the kids). As time goes by they gain the trust and admiration of the kids and they start to enjoy the job. All goes well until someone out of the past tells them they have to do one last heist...or else...This article contains a trivia section.The article could be improved by integrating relevant items into the main text and removing inappropriate items.Cosby and Poitier had previously teamed up for Uptown Saturday Night (1974) and Let's Do It Again (1975). Although their characters have different names in each film, the three films are considered to be a trilogy.In 2002, it was announced that Will Smith and his...,
The Last Remake of Beau Geste is a 1977 comedy film starring, directed and co-written by Marty Feldman. It is a satire loosely based on the novel Beau Geste, a frequently-filmed story of brothers and their adventures in the French Foreign Legion. The humor is based heavily upon wordplay and absurdity. Feldman plays Digby Geste, the awkward and clumsy "identical twin" brother of Michael York's Beau, the dignified, aristocratic swashbuckler.
The cast features Ann-Margret as their adoptive mother, Peter Ustinov as the brutal Sergeant Markov, and Spike Milligan (Crumble the Butler), Burt Kwouk (Father Shapiro), James Earl Jones (Arab Chief), Avery Schreiber (Arab Cheiftain / Used Camel Salesman), Terry-Thomas (Warden), Trevor Howard (Sir Hector), Henry Gibson (General Pecheur), Roy Kinnear (Corporal Boldini), and Ed McMahon (Arab Horseman) in supporting roles.
Marty Feldman was disappointed with the print distributed in theaters because the studio edited its own version. Attempts have...
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) is an affectionately comedic sports film about a team of enterprising ex-Negro League baseball players in the era of racial segregation. It starred Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor. Directed by John Badham, the movie was produced by Berry Gordy for Motown Productions and Rob Cohen for Universal Pictures, and released by Universal on November 17, 1976.
Tired of being treated like a slave by team owner Sallison Potter (Ted Ross), charismatic star pitcher Bingo Long (Billy Dee Williams) steals a bunch of Negro League players away from their teams, including catcher/slugger Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) and Charlie Snow (Richard Pryor), a player forever scheming to break into the segregated Major League Baseball of the 1930s by masquerading as first a Cuban ("Carlos Nevada"), then a Native American ("Chief Takahoma"). They take to the road, barnstorming through small Midwestern towns, playing the local...
Swashbuckler is a romantic adventure film produced in the U.S. by Universal Studios and released in 1976. It's a story that takes place in Jamaica in 1718 about a band of buccaneer pirates, led by Captain “Red” Ned Lynch, pitted against a greedy overlord, evil Lord Durant. Durant has ruthlessly imprisoned his Lord High Justice and mercilessly evicted his wife and daughter Jane Burnet who eventually attempts a rescue with Lynch’s help. The film stars Robert Shaw as Lynch, Peter Boyle as Durant, Geneviève Bujold as Burnet as well as James Earl Jones, Beau Bridges, Geoffrey Holder, Angelica Huston and Avery Schreiber. The film is based on the story “The Scarlet Buccaneer”, written by Paul Wheeler and adapted for the screen by Jeffery Bloom. It was directed by James Goldstone and rated PG.
The film was shot in Mexico and on the galleon Golden Hinde, a replica of the Golden Hinde captained by Francis Drake from 1577 to 1580. In the film it was called the Blarney Cock and actually received...,
Claudine is a 1974 film produced by Third World Films and released to theatres by 20th Century Fox. Starring Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, and King Coleman, Claudine was written by Lester Pine and Tina Pine, and directed by John Berry. It is noted for being one of the few mainstream films featuring a predominantly African-American cast that was not a blaxploitation film.
The film tells the story of Claudine Price, a single Black Harlem mother, living on welfare with six children, who finds love with a garbage collector, Rupert Marshall. The pair's relationship becomes complicated because of a number of factors. Among these are that the couple do not want to marry because they would not be able to support the children without welfare, and that the kids themselves, particularly eldest son Charles (Hilton-Jacobs), are apprehensive of Rupert, and believe that he will leave their mother just like her previous husbands and boyfriends.
Curtis Mayfield wrote and...
The Man is a 1972 political drama directed by Joseph Sargent and starring James Earl Jones. Jones plays Douglass Dilman, the President pro tempore of the United States Senate, who succeeds to the U.S. Presidency through a series of unforeseeable events, thereby becoming the first African American president. The screenplay, written by Rod Serling, is largely based upon The Man, a novel by Irving Wallace.The president and the speaker of the house are killed in West Germany when its parliament buildings suffer a collapse. The vice-president, elderly and very ill in health, refuses to assume the office, pointing out that they'll need another replacement almost immediately. Arthur Eaton (William Windom), the Secretary of State, is urged to take the office, but he points out that the law on the line of succession places the job with the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Douglass Dilman (Jones).The stunned Dilman, having been sworn in, arrives at the White House to assume office, and...,
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (aka Dr. Strangelove) (1964) is a black comedy film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Loosely based upon Peter George's Cold War thriller novel Red Alert (aka Two Hours to Doom) by screenwriter Terry Southern, Dr. Strangelove satirizes the Cold War and the doctrine of mutual assured destruction.The story concerns a U.S. Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, and follows the President of the United States, his advisors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer as they try to recall the bombers to prevent a nuclear apocalypse.In 1989 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. Additionally, it was listed as #26 on the AFI's "100 Years, 100 Movies" and #3 on its "100 Years, 100 Laughs."Dr. Strangelove is also #21 on the IMDb list of the Top 250 Films.Brigadier...,
James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi