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Robert Altman
February 20, 1925 - November 20, 2006 (age 81)
Robert Bernard Altman (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director, screenwriter, and film producer. A five-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director and an enduring figure from the New Hollywood era, Altman was considered a "maverick" in making films with a highly naturalistic but stylized and satirical aesthetic, unlike most Hollywood films. He is consistently... full bio
Gosford Park
[2001]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 2h 11min
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The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.
The Player
[1992]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 2h 4min
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A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?
A Prairie Home Companion
[2006]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Music | 1h 45min
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A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.
Short Cuts
[1993]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama | 3h 8min
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The day-to-day lives of a number of suburban Los Angeles residents.
MASH
[1970]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, War | 1h 56min
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The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.
Dr. T and the Women
[2000]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2h 2min
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Dr. Sullivan Travis "Dr. T." is a wealthy Dallas gynecologist for some of the wealthiest women in Texas who finds his idealist life beginning to fall apart starting when his wife, Kate, suffers a nervous breakdown and is committed to the state mental hospital. Dr. T's eldest daughter, Dee Dee, is planning to go through with her approaching wedding despite the secret that she's a lesbian and is romantically... see more
Popeye
[1980]
 
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Movie | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 1h 54min
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The adventures of the sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven.
Cookie's Fortune
[1999]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama | 1h 58min
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Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.
Ready to Wear
[1994]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama | 2h 13min
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A chronicle of the interconnected lives of a group of people in the lead up to Paris Fashion Week.
The Gingerbread Man
[1998]
 
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Movie | Thriller | 1h 54min
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Lawyer Rick Magruder has a one-night-stand affair with caterer Mallory Doss. He becomes hooked on her, and when he learns her nut-case father Dixon is threatening her, he puts the weight of his law firm behind Mallory, has Dixon arrested and subpoenas her ex-husband Pete to testify against Dixon in court. Dixon is sent to an asylum, but escapes from there and the lives of many people are in danger... see more
The Long Goodbye
[1973]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 1h 52min
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Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.
Nashville
[1975]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Music | 2h 40min
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Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
[1971]
 
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Movie | Drama, Western | 2h
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A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.
The Company
[2003]
 
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Movie | Drama, Music, Romance | 1h 52min
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Ensemble drama centered around a group of ballet dancers, with a focus on one young dancer (Campbell) who's poised to become a principal performer.
3 Women
[1977]
 
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Movie | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 2h 4min
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Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant, Millie when she becomes Millie's room-mate. Millie is a lonely outcast who desperately tries to win attention with constant up-beat chatter. They hang out at a bar owned by a strange pregnant artist and her has-been cowboy husband. After two emotional crises, the three... see more
Kansas City
[1996]
 
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Movie | Crime, Drama, Music | 1h 56min
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Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City. When Blondie O'Hara's husband, a petty thief, is captured by Seldom Seen and held at the Hey Hey Club, she launches a desperate plan to release him. She kidnaps the wife of a powerful local politician in an attempt to blackmail him into using his connections to free Johnny. Despite this being election... see more
Vincent & Theo
[1990]
 
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Movie | Biography, Drama | 2h 18min
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The familiar tragic story of Vincent van Gogh is broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. The movie also provides a nice view of the locations which Vincent painted.
Movie | Comedy, Drama | 1h 49min
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The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives. Who is the mysterious Joanne and what's the real story behind Mona's son, James Dean Junior ?
California Split
[1974]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama | 1h 48min
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A down on his luck gambler links up with free spirit Elliot Gould at first to have some fun on, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana. As a final act of desperation, he pawns most of his possessions and goes to Reno for the poker game of a lifetime. A film set mainly in casinos and races, as the two win and lose (but mainly win), get robbed, and get blind drunk.
Thieves Like Us
[1974]
 
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Movie | Crime, Drama, Romance | 2h 3min
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Two convicts break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1936 to join a third on a long spree of bank robbing, their special talent and claim to fame. The youngest of the three falls in love along the way with a girl met at their hideout, the older man is a happy professional criminal with a romance of his own, the third is a fast lover and hard drinker fond of his work. The young lovers begin to... see more
Movie | Comedy, Western | 2h 3min
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A cynical Buffalo Bill hires Sitting Bull to exploit him and add his credibility to the distorted view of history presented in his Wild West Show.
Images
[1972]
 
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Movie | Drama, Horror | 1h 41min
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Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality.
Aria
[1987]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Music | 1h 30min
Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (Vivaldi, Bach, Wagner), and is an interpretation of the particular aria.
A Wedding
[1978]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama | 2h 5min
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The daughter of a Louisville truck driver marries the scion of a very wealthy family, but reception at the family estate is boycotted by the invited guests.
Brewster McCloud
[1970]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Fantasy | 1h 45min
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An introverted loner living in the bowels of the Astrodome plots to develop - with the aid of a mysterious guardian angel - a pair of wings that will help him fly.
Secret Honor
[1984]
 
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Movie | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 1h 30min
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A fictionalized former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career - and the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation.
Quintet
[1979]
 
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Movie | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 1h 58min
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During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called "Quintet." For one small group, this obsession is not enough; they play the game with living pieces ... and only the winner survives.
Fool for Love
[1985]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 46min
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May is waiting for her boyfriend in a run-down American motel, when an old flame turns up and threatens to undermine her efforts and drag her back into the life that she was running away from. The situation soon turns complicated.
Streamers
[1983]
 
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Movie | Crime, Drama, War | 1h 58min
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Four young soldiers waiting to be shipped to Viet Nam deal with racial tension and their own intolerance when one soldier reveals he's gay.
O.C. and Stiggs
[1985]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Romance | 1h 49min
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O.C. and Stiggs aren't your average unhappy teenagers. They not only despise their suburban surroundings, they plot against it. They seek revenge against the middle class Schwab family, who embody all they detest: middle class.
Beyond Therapy
[1987]
 
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Movie | Comedy | 1h 33min
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This is an insane and fast-paced romantic comedy about a bizarre dinner date among Bruce (Goldblum) and Prudence (Hagerty), and their lunatic therapists, and Bruce's jealous, gun-wielding homosexual lover Stuart, and Stuart's over-protective mother, and a whole group of very odd New York characters. Will Bruce and Prudence find love amidst all the craziness?
Countdown
[1967]
 
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Movie | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 1h 41min
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Desperate to reach the moon first, NASA sends a man and shelter separately, one-way. He must find it to survive; he can't return until Apollo is ready.
That Cold Day in the Park
[1969]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 53min
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A rich but lonely woman, Frances Austen, one day invites a boy from a nearby park to her apartment and offers to let him live there.
A Perfect Couple
[1979]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 1h 50min
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A repressed, middle-aged divorced U.S. Greek meets a young singer through a dating service and becomes smitten.
HealtH
[1980]
 
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Movie | Comedy | 1h 45min
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A parody and satire of the U.S. political scene of the time, HealtH is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president.
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
[1988]
 
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TV Movie | Drama, War | 1h 40min
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A full-length adaptation, originally staged as a play, of the court-martial segment from the novel "The Caine Mutiny".
The James Dean Story
[1957]
 
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Documentary | Biography, Documentary | 1h 21min
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This documentary, which was undertaken soon after James Dean's death, looks at Dean's life through the use of still photographs with narration, and interviews with many of the people involved in his short life. Interviewees include the aunt and uncle who raised him after his mother's death (when James was 9), his fraternal grandparents, a cabdriver friend in New York City, and the owner of his favorite... see more
The Delinquents
[1957]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 12min
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A frustrated young man, separated from his younger girlfriend, gets involved in a juvenile gang.
Basements
[1987]
 
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TV Movie | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1h 48min
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Adaptations of two early plays, The Room and The Dumb Waiter, by Noble Prize-winning, English playwright Harold Pinter. The first revolves around paranoiac woman trapped in her apartment. The other is about two small-time crooks waiting.
Nightmare in Chicago
[1964]
 
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TV Movie | Crime, Drama | 1h 21min
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A complicated dash of the police, headed by Ted Knight, in a really good performance. Knight is chasing down a killer of blondes and the chase runs through the mystifying puzzle of the toll roads in the Chicago area. The roads are a web of connections and toll oasis stops. But you can't enter and exit many places and in some places you can't exit and get back on. This makes for a search for the criminal... see more
Killer App
[2015]
 
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TV Movie | Comedy | 50min
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About battles in the computer world of Seattle.
The Laundromat
[1985]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 59min
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Two lonely women coincide at midnight in a laundromat, where they reveal their secrets.
Pot au feu
[1966]
 
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Short Movie | Short | 9min
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A parody of a TV cooking show presenting the recipe for a cannabis joint.
Rattlesnake in a Cooler
[1982]
 
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TV Movie | Drama
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A one act play about a young doctor who ditch his safe middle-class existence to become a cowboy out West. His cowboy-fantasy eventually breaks down.
Modern Football
[1951]
 
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Documentary | 26min
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The Perfect Crime
[1955]
 
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Short Movie | 20min
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In this short National Safety Council film, the perfect crime is presented as excess speed. Accidents at high speed often results in deaths and are rarely investigated like the robbery of a corner grocery shown at the beginning of the film. Driving too fast, particularly in poor weather conditions or at night can be deadly. Then there are those who don't properly maintain their vehicle. Alcohol is... see more
The Katherine Reed Story
[1965]
 
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Short Movie | 15min
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Robert Altman recounts the life of his wife Kathryn Reed, using the format of a documentary, with funny reenactments played by Reed's friends and family.
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