Goin’ South on VHS. Starring Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi. With Veronica Cartwright, Richard Bradford, Danny DeVito, Luana Anders, Ed Begley Jr., Tracey Walter. Directed by Jack Nicholson. 1978.
From the VHS box:
Jack Nicholson plays Henry Moon, a third-rate outlaw, in this romantic comedy set in the 1860s. Nicholson is saved from hanging by the intervention of a lovely young woman who agrees to marry and take care of him. Mary Steenburgen plays Julia Tate, the headstrong but genteel Southern virgin who weds Nicholson only to help her work the gold mine she insists is on her property. Both Steenburgen and John Belushi make their film debuts in this amusing western.
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Easy Rider on VHS. Movie starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson. With Toni Basil, Karen Black, Phil Spector. Directed by Dennis Hopper. 1969.
From the VHS cover:
A man went looking for America and couldn’t find it anywhere…
Experience the real, uncensored sixties counterculture in this compelling mixture of drugs, sex and armchair politics. In the role that catapulted him to stardom, Jack Nicholson portrays an alcoholic attorney who hooks up with two part-time, drug-dealing motorcyclists (Fonda and Hopper) in search of their “American Dream.” Heading from California to New Orleans, they sample the highs and lows of America the Beautiful in a stoned-out quest for life’s true meaning.
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The music: Easy Rider: Music From The Soundtrack (1969 Film)
Part sequel, part prequel, Easy Rider: The Ride Back (straight to the dustbin according to reviews): Easy Rider: The Ride Back
Chinatown on VHS. Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston. Directed by Roman Polanski. 1974.
From the box:
Jack Nicholson is private-eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway), to investigate her husband’s extramarital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown.
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The Shining on VHS. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall. With Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Based on the novel by Stephen King. 1980.
From the box:
Two-time Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson overwhelms you as Jack Torrance, winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, who spirals helplessly towards madness and murder as the hotel’s power plays upon his weaknessess. Shelley Duvall is the ultimate woman on the run as Jack’s put-upon wife Wendy, and Danny Lloyd effectively plays their psychic son, whose ability — his “shining” — unlocks visions of evil.
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Read The Book: The Shining [Mass Market Paperback]
Read The Sequel: Doctor Sleep: A Novel [Hardcover]