Richard Anson Jordan (July 19, 1938â€“August 30, 1993) was a Golden Globe-winning Harvard-educated American stage, screen and film actor. He was a long-time member of the New York Shakespeare Festival, and appeared in many Off Broadway and Broadway plays. His films include Logan's Run, Old Boyfriends, Les MisĂ©rables, Raise the Titanic!, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, The Yakuza, The Bunker, Dune, The Secret of My Success, The Hunt for Red October and Gettysburg. He was to have played the part of Dr. Charles Nichols in The Fugitive, but fell ill during shooting, and was replaced by Jeroen KrabbĂ©. He died of a brain tumor in 1993.
Jordan's final role was that of General Lewis Armistead in Gettysburg. One of the first members of the cast (some 15 years before the film was made) it has been said that the film was one of his proudest achievements as an actor. He was close friends with author Michael Shaara, writer of The Killer Angels (the novel which Gettysburg was based upon), and also...
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Gettysburg is a 1993 movie that dramatizes the decisive Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. It was directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, who also wrote the screenplay, a close adaptation of Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1974 novel The Killer Angels.
For the first time, the National Park Service allowed the motion picture industry to recreate and film battle scenes directly on the Gettysburg Battlefield, including scenes of Devil's Den and Little Round Top. However, much of the movie was shot at a nearby Adams County farm. Thousands of Civil War reenactors from across the country volunteered their time and expense to come to Gettysburg to participate in the massive battle scenes.
Media mogul Ted Turner helped bankroll the project (originally planned as a miniseries for TNT), but decided to instead release it in theaters. Although not as successful at the box office as Turner and Maxwell had hoped, the movie became a popular seller on VHS and DVD, and has become a staple...
Posse is a 1993 Western movie directed by Mario Van Peebles starring Stephen Baldwin, Mario Van Peebles, Billy Zane, Tone Loc, Tom Lister, Jr., Reginald VelJohnson, Big Daddy Kane, Blair Underwood, Isaac Hayes, Richard Jordan, Paul Bartel, Pam Grier, Nipsey Russell, Salli Richardson, and Woody Strode.Tagline:The Untold Story of the Wild West....
Shout is a 1991 film starring John Travolta as a music teacher who introduces rock and roll to a west Texas home for boys in 1955.
The film also features Jamie Walters, Scott Coffey and Heather Graham, as well as a first role for Gwyneth Paltrow.
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 Secret of My Succe$s (a.k.a.The Secret of My Success) is a 1987 comedy film starring Michael J. Fox, produced and directed by Herbert Ross. The screenplay is written by Jim Cash. The film is marketed with the tagline "There's no such thing as an overnight success. Brantley Foster took two weeks."
Fox plays Brantley Foster, a recent college grad from Kansas State University, who moves to New York City to start a new financing job. However, the company where he is supposed to work was taken over by another corporation, and he gets immediately laid off.
After several unsuccessful attempts to get another job, he ends up working in the mailroom of his Uncle Howard Prescott's (Jordan) company, Pemrose. Pemrose was actually founded by his father-in-law, and he got the ownership of the company only because he was married to Vera Pemrose (Whitton).
Brantley, after looking at company reports, realizes that a lot of executives are not making effective decisions that benefit the company....,
Solarbabies, also known as Solarwarriors, was released in November 1986. It was released on DVD on March 6, 2007. Set in a post-apocalypse future in which most of the water has disappeared from the planet, we find a group of children, mostly teenagers, living at an orphanage run by the despotic rulers of the new Earth. The group in question consists of Jason, the group's ad hoc leader played by Jason Patric; Terra, played by Jami Gertz; Tug, played by Peter DeLuise; Rabbit, played by Claude Brooks; Metron, played by James Le Gros; and a little deaf boy named Daniel, played by Lukas Haas.
The group likes to play a somewhat rough competition game of rollerball and are quite good at it. It has given them a unity that transcends the attempts to bring them to heel by the government who tries to influence the children into becoming future soldiers.
While hiding out in a cave, the children find an unusual orb of special power, which in reality is a sentient alien entity called Bohdai....,
The Mean Season is a 1985 thriller directed by Phillip Borsos. The film starred Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan, Richard Masur, Joe Pantoliano, and Andy Garcia. The screenplay was written by Leon Piedmont, based on the novel In the Heat of the Summer by John Katzenbach.
Malcolm Anderson (Russell) is a reporter for a Miami newspaper, who is burned out from years of covering the worst crimes in the city. He promises his girlfriend Christine (Hemingway) that they will move away from the city, but he ends up covering a series of grisly murders by a serial killer who calls him telling the reporter that he will kill again. The lines between covering the story and becoming part of it are blurred.
Kurt Russell ... Malcolm Anderson Mariel Hemingway ... Christine Connelly Richard Jordan ... Alan Delour Richard Masur ... Bill Nolan Richard Bradford ... Phil Wilson Joe Pantoliano ... Andy Porter Andy Garcia ... Ray Martinez William Smith ... Albert O'Shaughnessy...,
The Bunker is an account, written by American journalist James P. O'Donnell, of the history of the FĂĽhrerbunker in early 1945, as well as the last days of German dictator Adolf Hitler. It was first published in 1978.
With works by Hugh Trevor-Roper and Joachim Fest, The Bunker is considered one of the defining works on Hitler's last days. However, unlike many other accounts, O'Donnell spent considerable time on other, less-famous residents of the bunker. Additionally, unlike the more academic works by historians, the book takes a journalistic approach.
During World War II, O'Donnell worked in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. On July 1, 1945, he was mustered out and immediately took a position as German bureau chief for Newsweek magazine. On July 4, he arrived in Berlin with instructions to get details on Hitler's last days, as well as information on Eva Braun (whose existence was just emerging).
Soon after arriving, he traveled to the bunker, which was mainly overlooked by troops (who were...
Raise the Titanic! is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler published in the United States by the Viking Press in 1976. In 1980, the book was adapted for a feature film of the same name, minus the exclamation point.
Raise the Titanic! was the third published book to feature is the author's protagonist Dirk Pitt.
In 1912, the RMS Titanic went to the bottom of the North Atlantic in one of history's most famous maritime disasters. Seventy-five years later, it is discovered that Titanic's hold contains a shipment of a rare mineral, the only available supply in the world large enough to power a top-secret and vital United States defense program. When no method can be found of extracting the mineral under more than 12,000 feet of water, Pitt and his crew set out to do the impossible: raise the Titanic.
Dr. Gene Seagram leads the top-secret Pentagon program Meta Section, which secretly attempts to leapfrog current technology by 20 to 30 years. One result: the Sicilian Project, which uses...,
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square is a 1979 film directed by Ralph Thomas, written by Guy Elmes and starring Richard Jordan, Oliver Tobias, and David Niven.Pinky (Richard Jordan) is released from prison and has decided to go straight from now on, but accidentally getting himself a job as a maintenance man at a large bank, gives him a lot of undue attention from Ivan the Terrible David Niven, the local hoodlum. By using Pinky, Ivan hopes to rob the bank and Pinky starts to liken to the idea of going back to his old ways....,
Interiors is a 1978 drama film written and directed by Woody Allen, his most serious film to date. Featured performers are Kristin Griffith, Mary Beth Hurt, Richard Jordan, Diane Keaton, E.G. Marshall, Geraldine Page, Maureen Stapleton and Sam Waterston.
Page received a BAFTA Film Award for "Best Supporting Actress" and was nominated for an Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role". The film received four other Academy Award nominations, two for Allen's screenplay and direction, one for Stapleton as "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" and another for Mel Bourne and Daniel Robert for their art direction and set decoration.
The film's story concerns three sisters (Griffith, Hurt, Keaton), their suicidal mother (Page), their father (Marshall), their father's new wife (Stapleton), and the men in their lives (Jordan and Waterston).
The visual and verbal styles of the film are similar to that of Ingmar Bergman. Critics have also noted the apparent borrowing of...,
Logan's Run is a 1976 science fiction film based on the novel of the same name by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. It depicts a dystopian future society in which population and the consumption of resources is managed and maintained in equilibrium by the simple expediency of killing everyone who reaches the age of thirty, thus neatly (and inhumanely) avoiding the issue of overpopulation which was of growing concern at the time. The story follows the actions of Logan, a "Sandman", as he "runs" from society's lethal demand.
The 1976 film version, directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Richard Jordan, and Jenny Agutter, was shot primarily in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (including locations such as the Fort Worth Water Gardens and the Dallas Market Center) between June and September 1975. The film only uses the basic premise from the novel (everyone must die at a specific age, Logan runs with Jessica as his companion while being chased by Francis). The...,
The Yakuza is a 1975 postâ€“film noir gangster story written by Leonard Schrader, Paul Schrader, and Robert Towne, and directed by Sydney Pollack.
The Yakuza portrays the clash of traditional Japanese values during Japan's transition from the US occupation to economic success in the early 1970s. The story's themes are concepts of moral indebtedness and obligation, loyalty to family and friends, and sacrifice; Eastern and Western cultural values are contrasted, and Classical Japanese tradition versus the modern, Westernized, tradition of contemporary Japan.
Following a lacklustre initial release, the film gained a cult following.
Retired detective Harry Kilmer (Robert Mitchum) is called by an old friend, George Tanner (Brian Keith). Tanner has been doing business with a yakuza gangster, Tono, who has taken Tanner's daughter and her boyfriend hostage to apply pressure in a business deal. Tanner hopes that through Kilmer's Japanese contacts, he can locate and rescue the girl.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 crime film starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle. Directed by Peter Yates, the screenplay was adapted from the novel by George V. Higgins.Eddie Coyle is an aging, low-level gunrunner for the Irish Mob in Boston, Massachusetts. Facing a life sentence in prison, he decides to become an informant for the ATF.The mob finds out the Eddie is talking to the police, so they assign his best friend, Dillon, to kill him. However, before carrying out his orders, Dillon treats his friend to night on the town, treating him to dinner and a hockey game.Filming took place throughout the Boston area, including Dedham, Cambridge, Milton, Quincy, Sharon, Somerville and Weymouth, Massachusetts.The Friends of Eddie Coyle is often said to be the best Boston movie ever made. Some reviewers consider it to be the best film ever made by Robert Mitchum; as Eddie Coyle, his portrayal is dark but sympathetic, well drawn and intense. This film gave Peter Boyle a meaty,...
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