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John Sturges

Helming the “Magnificent Seven” should be reason enough, demonstrating that Sturges had the happy talent of taking what was considered strictly “male” oriented stories and making them sexy enough and humorous enough to appeal to female movie-goer as well.

Sturges takes this star-studded gunslinger film based on the Japanese favorite "The Seven Samurai", and makes it a bone fide all-American classic featuring Yul Brynner. At the request of Mexican peasants, Brynner recruits a band of fellow mercenaries, half of whom Sturges introduces as the next generation of action film super-stars including Charles Bronson, James Coburn, and Steve McQueen. Widescreen!

Sturges is responsible for what is renowned as one of the greatest war films ever made, featuring Steve McQueen and his unforgettably daring motorcycle jumps in the face of the enemy. Allied prisoners escape from a German POW camp in this superior effort, noted for a brilliant international cast and Elmer Bernstein's triumphant score. Widescreen!

This day in the life of a stranger in an isolated town has since been done to death, and this is why. In the hands of a lesser director the talents of this exceedingly manly cast (Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan) would otherwise overwhelm this compelling drama with a prejudice theme, but Sturges is able to maintain a firm grasp of the reigns, keeping his actors this side of mellow drama. Widescreen!

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Another ''Last Summer'' is being threatened

By EdwardHavens

July 6th, 2005

Are you one of those doomsayers who proclaims cinema is dead, due to the uninterrupted stream of sequels, prequels, sidequels, continuations and reimaginations that clog theatre screens and video store shelfs year after year? If so, then you'll have more fuel to add to your fire, as Sony Pictures has decided it's time to pull the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" franchise out of mothballs, throw a new adverb into the title and pray there are still people out there who have been waiting for another chapter of the seven-years-dead series.


At least we can be thankful series producer Neal Moritz has blessed this movie with a Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr.-free storyline. Our source tells us this time around, "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer" will focus on -- see if this sounds familiar -- four teens from a small Colorado town will be victimized by a phantom menace one year after a July Fourth prank gone awry kills one of their buddies. Against the protestation of one of them, the group agree to keep this secret, only to find their friendships torn apart from the strain. The next Independence Day, just before the town's annual carnival, the four receive intimidating communiqués indicating someone is aware of what happened before. The group suspect the cousin of the dead friend, only to discover they are very much on the wrong track. Can the friends survive and figure out the identity of their tormentor before they end up dead themselves?

Filming is set to begin in Utah at the end of August, under the direction of "Three to Tango" director Damon Santostefano, from a script by Michael Weiss, whose credits include such cinematic treats as "Crocodile," "Octopus" and "Octopus 2: River of Fear" and the upcoming "Butterfly Effect 2." A theatrical release through Sony's Screen Gems division is expected in the fall of 2006.