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Patton

George C Scott in Patton

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     11 April   President Truman fires General MacArthur, 1951 Today in 1951, President Truman fired his most popular, successful general, Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur had been chief of staff of the US army in the 1930s, had been commander of the …

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Apocalypse Now

Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     3 December     Joseph Conrad born, 1857 On this day in 1857, Jozéf Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, later known as Joseph Conrad, was born in Berdichev, in what was then the Russian Empire. Conrad was the son of Polish nobility …

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The Rainmaker

Danny DeVito and Matt Damon in The Rainmaker

    A half-hearted, second-rate vehicle designed to help carry Matt Damon to stardom, in which he takes his shirt off to play a principled rookie lawyer taking on a big bad medical insurance company. It’s written by John Grisham and while it’s in legal territory Grisham’s thrusting plot dynamics carry it forward. But that …

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