In anticipation of reviewing the recent DVD release of the cult 70s TV courtroom mystery, Petrocelli, starring Vanishing Point’s Barry Newman, we thought we’d first look at the two movies that directly led to the creation of that fondly-remembered NBC series, beginning with director Sidney J. Furie’s big-screen The Lawyer, from 1970.
Keep ‘em locked and loaded, ladies. Ballsy, unapologetic rape revenge meller, with that sick, patented Stephen King black humor.
Strange, cold, perverse thriller from the golden age of disaster movies.
When I heard recently that actor Richard Hatch had died of pancreatic cancer, my thoughts went immediately not to his time on Battlestar Galactica (arguably his main claim to fame for most casual audiences), but rather to his fine performance in EMI Entertainment’s Deadman’s Curve: The Story of Jan and Dean, a made-for-TV movie biopic of the influential “surf rock” duo that aired on February 3rd, 1978 to big, big ratings for the CBS television network (ask your grandparents what “CBS” and “television” are, kids). Continue reading ‘Deadman’s Curve: The Story of Jan and Dean’ (1978): A true rock tragedy