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Film - Drama
A group of women
volunteer for nursing duty in France during WWI. Babs and Joy fall in love
with handsome young aviators, Wally and Robin, respectively. While Joy
receives a marriage proposal, Wally makes it clear he is not interested in
a long term commitment with Babs. Situations aren't always as they seem,
however, and both girls have a lot to learn. This pre-code drama deals
frankly with the issue of sex and mortality during wartime conditions.
Cast: Robert Montgomery,
Anita Page, June Walker, Robert Ames, Zasu Pitts, Marie Prevost, Helen
Jerome Eddy, Hedda Hopper, Edward J. Nugent, Martha Sleeper, Michael
Vanvitch, John Miljan.
Director: Edgar Selwyn
Night Nurse (1931) Drama
William Wellman's NIGHT NURSE is a sassy, unsentimental
comedy about a private pediatric nurse named Lora Hart (Barbara Stanwyck)
who, after applying as an apprentice in a family home, discovers there is
a plot afoot to starve her two rich, fat, young charges to death. The
culprit is the family’s chauffeur, Nick (Clark Gable), a villain who plans
to marry the kids' dissolute mother and make off with their trust fund.
It's then up Hart, her wisecracking nurse friend Maloney (Joan Blondell),
and her bootlegger beau Mortie (Ben Lyon) to save them. Lyon is both dashing and
bumbling as Mortie, who hopes to help Lora, and Charlie Winninger is
notable as Dr. Arthur Bell, the villainous head of the hospital. Director
Wellman keeps the jokes humming along with the peril.
Cast & Crew: Barbara
Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, Clark Gable
Directed by William
A Farewell to Arms (1932) Drama
Frank Borzage's drama is the original, highly acclaimed film adaptation of
Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel about the poignant, ill-fated wartime
romance between an American paramedic and an English nurse in WWI. This
skillfully crafted film features two of the premiere stars of 1930s
Hollywood--Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes--in the leads.
Starring: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips, Jack
LaRue, Blanche Frederici, Henry Armetta, Mary Forbes, Paul Porcasi, George
Directed by Frank Borzage
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Drama R
Milos Foreman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, based on the novel by Ken
Kesey and the play by Dale Wasserman, presents a biting and ultimately
tragic satire about mental institutions and the human spirit. A
disturbing, witty, and electrifying drama, the film won the 1975 Academy
Award for Best Picture. R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a misbehaved con
who shirks authority, finds himself in an asylum after faking insanity to
get out of work detail in prison. The vivacious troublemaker soon finds
himself in a worse kind of prison--one presided over by the repressed,
terrifyingly quiet Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), whose set of rules and
regulations are meant to suppress patients' psychotic outbursts, and their
spirits. It's not long before McMurphy is reaching out to his new inmates,
trying desperately to bring life to an otherwise dead atmosphere. To
Ratched, however, Nicholson's free spirit is as dangerous as a
schizophrenic impulse. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is brilliantly
acted by an ensemble that includes Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd, Vincent
Schiavelli, and Danny DeVito.
Starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, Brad Dourif,
Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito
Directed by Milos Forman
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is number 20 on the American Film
Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST was added to the
Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
The English Patient (1996) Drama R
Set during World War II, this film adaptation
of Michael Ondaatje's novel concerns a horribly scarred, amnesiac mapmaker
(Ralph Fiennes) who is found by Bedouins in the desert and then
transported to Italy. When Allied nurse Hana (Juliette Binoche) devotes
herself to caring for the mysterious patient in an abandoned monastery,
his story of a intense love affair with a colleague's wife (Kristin Scott
Thomas) begins to unfold in a series of flashbacks. Hana, meanwhile, faces
her own demons and explores her attraction to a Sikh bomb expert (Naveen
Andrews). Tensions escalate at the monastery following the appearance of
Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe), a thumbless thief who knows the identity of the
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristin
Directed by Anthony Minghella
At the 1997 Academy Awards,
THE ENGLISH PATIENT received 12 Academy Award Nominations, including Best
Actor--Ralph Fiennes, Best Actress--Kristen Scott Thomas, and Best
Screenplay (Adaptation)--Anthony Minghella. It won 9 Academy Awards,
including Best Picture, Best Director--Anthony Minghella, and Best
Supporting Actress--Juliette Binoche.
Wit (2001) (TV) PG-13
Based on the Margaret Edson play, Vivian Bearing is a literal, hardnosed
English professor who has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.
During the story, she reflects on her reactions to the cycle the cancer
takes, the treatments, and significant events in her life. The people that
watch over her are Jason Posner, who only finds faith in being a doctor;
Susie Monahan, a nurse with a human side that is the only one in the
hospital that cares for Vivian's condition; and Dr. Kelekian, the head
doctor who just wants results no matter what they are.
Starring Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald,
Jonathan M. Woodward, Harold Pinter
Directed by Mike Nichols
Angels in America (TV) (2003)
Mike Nichols' film version of Tony Kushner's extraordinary play Angels in
America, includes one of the best depictions of nurses in feature film
history. God has abandoned Heaven. It's 1985: the Reagans are in the White
House and Death swings the scythe of AIDS. In Manhattan, Prior Walton
tells Lou, his lover of four years, he's ill; Lou bolts. As disease and
loneliness ravage Prior, guilt invades Lou. Joe Pitt, an attorney who is
Mormon and Republican, is pushed by right-wing fixer Roy Cohn toward a job
at the Justice Department. Both Pitt and Cohn are in the closet: Pitt out
of shame and religious turmoil, Cohn to preserve his power and access.
Pitt's wife Harper is strung out on Valium, aching to escape a sexless
marriage. An angel invites Prior to be a prophet in death. Pitt's mother
and Belize, a close friend, help Prior choose.
It features Nichols' usual assured direction and excellent work by Meryl
Streep, Al Pacino and the other major actors, some of whom (as in the
play) take multiple roles.
Cast: Al Pacino Meryl Streep Emma Thompson Mary-Louise Parker
Mike Nichols - Director/Executive Producer