Purple Rose of Cairo, The (1985)

“What good is perfect if a man’s not real?” Synopsis: In Depression-era New Jersey, a meek housewife (Mia Farrow) with an abusive husband (Danny Aiello) seeks solace in the local movie theater, where one of the characters on-screen (Jeff Daniels) falls in love with her and jumps out into the real world to be with […]

Parent Trap, The (1961)

“The nerve of her, coming here with your face!” Synopsis: A pair of estranged identical twins (Hayley Mills) — one (Sharon) living with their mother (Maureen O’Hara) in Boston, the other (Susan) with their father (Brian Keith) in California — meet each other accidentally at summer camp, and concoct a plan to switch identities temporarily. […]

Hombre (1967)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “We all die — just a question of when.” Synopsis: A white man (Paul Newman) raised by Apaches rides on a stagecoach hired by a wealthy man (Fredric March) and his wife (Barbara Rush). When the stagecoach is overtaken by bandits […]

Inn of the Sixth Happiness, The (1958)

“You feel where you belong, as if you’re told; for me, it’s China.” Synopsis: A young housemaid (Ingrid Bergman) determined to become a missionary in China saves up enough money to travel there from Britain, and finds work helping an older missionary (Athene Seyler) run an inn. Soon she finds herself a respected member of […]

Urban Cowboy (1980)

“Sometimes even a cowboy’s gotta swallow his pride and hold on to somebody he loves.” Synopsis: A callow cowboy (John Travolta) transplanted to Houston marries a feisty young woman (Debra Winger) he meets in a bar, but their marriage is quickly beset by jealousy and infidelity. Genres: Cowboys Debra Winger Films James Bridges Films John […]

Love and Death (1975)

“Isn’t all mankind ultimately executed for a crime it never committed?” Synopsis: A cowardly Russian nebbish (Woody Allen) in love with his distant cousin (Diane Keaton) becomes unexpectedly embroiled in a plot to assassinate Napoleon. Genres: Cowardice Diane Keaton Films Historical Drama Satires and Spoofs Woody Allen Films Response to Peary‚Äôs Review: Peary argues that […]