The Public Eye on VHS video. Movie starring Joe Pesci and Barbara Hershey. With Richard Riehle, Stanley Tucci, Jerry Adler, Jared Harris. Directed by Howard Franklin. 1992.
Murder. Scandal. Crime. No matter what he was hooting, “The Great Bernzini” never took sides, he only took pictures… Except one.
Academy Award winner Joe Pesci is a brash, 1940’s tabloid photographer whose camera leads him into a shadowy underworld of mob violence, unlikely romance and dangerous corruption in this atmospheric mystery-thriller.
New York, 1942. Prowling the crime-ridden, midnight streets of the city, freelance shutterbug Leon “Bernzy” Bernstein (Pesci) captures life’s seamy side in his lens — and dreams of the day his pictures will be recognized as works of art. Then, ravishing nightclub owner Kay Levitz (Barbara Hershey) lures Bernzy into investigating the thugs trying to muscle in on her business. Before he knows it, he falls for the unattainable Kay — and plunges camera first into a treacherous realm of black market scams and mafia gang war. Now, Bernzy’s either going to take the fall or take the one-in-a-million shot that could change his life forever.
Falling Down on VHS. Starring Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall. With Barbara Hershey, Tuesday Weld, Rachel Ticotin, Frederic Forrest. Directed by Joel Schumacher. 1993.
From the box:
The freeways are clogged. Terror stalks our cities. And at shops and restaurants, the customer is seldom right. The pressures of big-city life can anger everyone. But Bill Foster is more than angry. He’s slipping over the edge. And ready to get even.
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Hoosiers on VHS. Starring Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper. Directed by David Anspaugh. 1986.
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It’s 1951 in Hickory, Indiana–a place that takes its basketball as seriously as religion. Into this tiny town strolls Norman Dale, a once-hailed, now-failed college coach taking up the unenviable task of coaching Hickory High’s eight-man hoop squad. Dale has been down on his luck for the last ten years, and hopes this could be a fresh start… but several people have something to say about his suspicious training methods and unorthodox bench manner. The school’s vice-principal, who is keeping his best player in the classroom; the town drunk, who is ruffling midwestern feathers as the new assistant coach, and Dale’s team, who are short on both height and discipline.
The school and the town want him fired. But Coach Dale believes in two things–himself and his team. Amazingly, kids become captains…players become a team…losers become winners…has-beens become once-agains. Together they make history in Hoosiers.
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