Oct. 11--AMC Southroads 20 returns with its "Fall Classics" series, bringing back beloved movies from the past for one-week runs through December.
This year's edition includes a little bit of everything -- except for straight drama -- in the screening of genres including musicals, horror, science-fiction and comedies. Baby boomers should find something to their liking, as seven of the 10 films were released between 1968 and 1986.
The AMC theater, at 4923 E. 41st St., has with this seventh incarnation brought back more than 80 "classics" for one-week runs in recent years. Each film in the fall lineup opens on Friday and runs through the following Thursday.
The "Fall Classics" films, as well as their dates of play, are subject to change.
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"Little Shop of Horrors"
(1986, rated PG-13)
What makes it a classic? One of the most surprisingly enduring musicals in movie history features Rick Moranis as a nerdy florist, Steve Martin as a deliriously demented dentist and Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops as the baritone voice of a singing, man-eating plant. Try to stay in your seat during his Oscar-nominated song "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space." It's not easy.
Movie poster tagline: "Don't feed the plants."
(1979, rated R)
What makes it a classic? Put aside the gastrointestinal spoiler imitated so many times since, and you are still left with one of the spookiest science-fiction films ever made. A perfect cast, from Sigourney Weaver in her breakout role to the engineers played by Harry Dean Stanton and Yaphet Kotto. Then there's H.R. Giger's ebony creature that still haunts to this day.
Movie poster tagline: "In space no one can hear you scream."
(1986, rated R)
What makes it a classic? Some people go for the horror elements of "Alien," while other fans prefer the action-adventure of this sequel from a young James Cameron, coming off of his first "Terminator" movie. No matter. The pair make up a science-fiction double-feature that has only grown in stature in the last three decades.
Movie poster tagline: "This time it's war."
(1975, rated PG-13)
What makes it a classic? Mel Brooks' spoof of the Universal horror films of the 1930s (especially the "Frankenstein" pictures, to the point of using the same lab and equipment as the original) isn't very scary, but it is hilarious: The American Film Institute voted it the 13th-funniest film in Hollywood history. "Frau Blucher!"
Movie poster tagline: "The scariest comedy of all time!"
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"
(1969, rated PG-13)
What makes it a classic? Put together Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and you have perfection, both here and in "The Sting." Between their electric chemistry as smart-fashioned Western bandits, William Goldman's Oscar-winning screenplay and that No. 1 song
("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"), audiences made the movie a smash.
Movie poster tagline: "Not that it matters, but most of it is true."
"Big Trouble in Little China"
(1986, rated PG-13)
What makes it a classic? This box-office bomb falls into the category of cult classic. Horror master John Carpenter
("Halloween") changed directions and went to cheesy, B-movie action-adventure-comedy with Kurt Russell as a truck driver caught in the middle of a mystical Chinatown gang war. People either love this movie -- or they don't.
Movie poster tagline: "A Mystical, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Kung Fu, Monster, Ghost Story!"
"Planet of the Apes"
(1968, rated PG-13)
What makes it a classic? "Twilight Zone" master Rod Serling's screenplay made a world run by apes, with humans as slaves, eerily authentic. So did the makeup work on the ape characters, thrilling audiences and winning a special Academy Award for advancing the craft. Then there's that final shot of the film, one of the most mind-bending conclusions in movie history.
Movie poster tagline: "Man...hunted...caged...forced to mate by civilized apes."
Nov. 29-Dec. 5
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
(1953, rated PG)
What makes it a classic? "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend," according to one of this musical's songs which helped to make the characters played by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell iconic still today. An inspiration for Madonna's "Material Girl" video and for so many other artists.
Movie poster tagline: "The Two M-M-Marvels Of Our Age In The Wonder Musical Of The World!"
(1990, rated PG)
What makes it a classic? "Classic" might be too strong a word, but when little Macaulay Culkin first slapped his face with aftershave and outsmarted a pair of dopey burglars, audiences couldn't get enough. When converted to today's ticket prices, the $285 million made by "Home Alone" would be $552 million.
Movie poster tagline: "A Family Comedy Without The Family."
"Miracle on 34th Street"
(1947, rated PG)
What makes it a classic? Edmund Gwenn plays the definitive big-screen Kris Kringle -- just try his whiskers -- and Natalie Wood is totally precocious and precious as the little girl who learns to believe in Santa. The oldest film in this "Fall Classics" series is one to take the whole family to for the holiday season.
Movie poster tagline: "A Miracle of Entertainment!"
With viewer discretion advised
A companion series of classic films, with Sunday matinee showings and two screenings each Wednesday, begins this weekend for six weeks of adult-audience films.
Each of these films is R-rated, and all are digitally restored for this re-release that will play at both Cinemark Tulsa and AMC Southroads 20.
Each week's classic movie will play a 2 p.m. Sunday showing followed by 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday screenings.
The Classics schedule at Cinemark Tulsa and AMC Southroads 20:
"Bonnie and Clyde": 2 p.m. Sunday; 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday (1967, rated R)
"The Matrix": 2 p.m. Oct. 20; 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 23 (1999, rated R)
"The Shining": 2 p.m. Oct. 27; 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 30 (1980, rated R)
"Dirty Harry": 2 p.m. Nov. 3; 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 6 (1971, rated R)
"Risky Business": 2 p.m. Nov. 10; 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 13 (1983, rated R)
"JFK": 2 p.m. Nov. 17; 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 20 (1991, rated R)
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