Controversial Classics
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Controversial Classics

Director: Arthur Hiller, Elia Kazan, Fritz Lang, John Sturges

Cast: Arthur Hiller, Elia Kazan, Fritz Lang, John Sturges

     
 

In an industry known for depending on the tried and true to turn a profit, a movie of true vision can not only leave a permanent mark in cinema history, but it can also set trends that resound for decades to come. While they may have been controversial upon initial release, these films challenged the status quo and laid the groundwork for other daring filmmakers who…  See more details below

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In an industry known for depending on the tried and true to turn a profit, a movie of true vision can not only leave a permanent mark in cinema history, but it can also set trends that resound for decades to come. While they may have been controversial upon initial release, these films challenged the status quo and laid the groundwork for other daring filmmakers who refuse to waver from their vision. Now, thanks to Warner Home Video, film lovers can take home seven films that truly stood apart from the pack, including Advise and Consent, The Americanization of Emily, Bad Day at Black Rock, Blackboard Jungle, A Face in the Crowd, Fury, and I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang. Though they may not be as "controversial" today as they were when originally released, these films still hold all the power to move audiences that they did when they first saw the light of the projector bulb.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The Controversial Classics Collection is a positively triumphant celebration of cinematic power, with seven films that remain provocative decades after they first stirred theatergoers. Advise & Consent (1962) seems especially timely in its portrayal of a Congress bitterly divided along partisan lines by a presidential nomination. Demagogy and character assassination are nothing new, as you’ll see in this riveting drama starring Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, and Walter Pidgeon. The Americanization of Emily (1964), which stars Julie Andrews, unfolds against a backdrop of intrigue within the U. S. military, with Navy man James Garner playing the fall guy for a scheming admiral. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) stars Spencer Tracy as a one-armed World War II veteran who uncovers bigotry in a small western town. Violence in inner-city schools is something else that’s not unique to our times, as shown powerfully in The Blackboard Jungle (1955), a hard-hitting drama that pits dedicated teacher Glenn Ford against juvenile delinquents led by Vic Morrow. Our celebrity culture takes some hard knocks in A Face in the Crowd (1957), which finds personable hick Andy Griffith being made into a star -- with an agenda of his own -- by cynical promoters. Fritz Lang’s Fury (1936), starring a young Spencer Tracy, is a powerful indictment of small-town prejudice and mob rule. And I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932, based on a true story), one of the earliest “message” movies, exposes the brutal and corrupt conditions of Georgia’s penal system during the Depression years. Each of these movies is remarkable in its own right; together they comprise an extraordinarily powerful group of films, proving that even in its early years Hollywood was capable of providing more than escapist entertainment.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
UPC:
0012569701793
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
11:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Filmmaker/historian commentaries; New A Face in the Crowd documentary; Vintage shorts

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andy Griffith Lonesome Rhodes
Glenn Ford Richard Dadier
Henry Fonda Robert Leffingwell
James Garner Lt. Cmdr. Charles Madison
Paul Muni James Allen
Spencer Tracy Joe Wilson,John J. Macreedy
Charles Laughton Sen. Seabright "Seab" Cooley
Glenda Farrell Marie Woods
Julie Andrews Emily Barham
Patricia Neal Marcia Jeffries
Robert Ryan Reno Smith
Sidney Poitier Gregory W. Miller
Sylvia Sidney Katherine Grant
Anne Francis Anne Dadier,Liz Wirth
Anthony Franciosa Joey Kiely
Don Murray Sen. Brigham Anderson
Helen Vinson Helen
Melvyn Douglas Adm. William Jessup
Walter Abel District Attorney
Bruce Cabot Kirby Dawson
Dean Jagger Tim Horn
James Coburn Lt. Cmdr. "Bus" Cummings
Louis Calhern Jim Murdock
Noel Francis Linda
Walter Matthau Mel Miller
Walter Pidgeon Sen. Bob Munson
Edward Ellis Sheriff Hummel
Gene Tierney Dolly Harrison
Joyce Grenfell Mrs. Barham
Lee Remick Betty Lou Fleckum
Preston S. Foster Pete
Vic Morrow Artie West
Walter Brennan Doc Velie
Edward McNamara Second Warden

Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director
Elia Kazan Director
Fritz Lang Director
John Sturges Director
Mervyn LeRoy Director
Otto Preminger Director
Richard Brooks Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- A Face in the Crowd
1. Credits [1:26]
2. A Face in the Crowd [2:33]
3. Lonesome Rhodes [5:45]
4. One-Day Trial Offer [3:17]
5. Housewives' Heartthrob [3:37]
6. To the Dogs [4:48]
7. Getting the Idea [4:45]
8. TV Debut [4:44]
9. Potent Pitchman [4:08]
10. His Own Man [2:41]
11. In Marcia's Door [2:07]
12. In Vitajex's Door [4:06]
13. Moving Merchandise [7:00]
14. Mass Persuasion [4:56]
15. Don't Hurt Me [4:14]
16. Mrs. Rhodes [3:45]
17. Deeply Involved [4:34]
18. Betty Lou Fleckum [6:21]
19. Another Bride [4:15]
20. Heart Problems [3:40]
21. Marcia's Cut [3:15]
22. Coaching Sen. Fuller [6:49]
23. I'm a Force [1:29]
24. The Book on Lonesome [5:30]
25. In Bed With Joey [2:33]
26. My Flock of Sheep [4:53]
27. The Whole Show [3:15]
28. Grabbing Control [2:30]
29. All the Way Down [1:53]
30. Get Out of Everybody's Life [3:31]
31. Face to Face [3:57]
32. Whatever Happened to Him? [3:17]
Side #2 -- Advise & Consent
1. Credits [2:38]
2. Wild Pitch [3:24]
3. Phone Poll [2:36]
4. Straight to Perdition [2:56]
5. Worth a Try [2:34]
6. Quorum Call [5:48]
7. Subcommittee Chair [1:30]
8. Seab Speaks His Mind [5:02]
9. Hudson's Doubts [4:04]
10. Backstairs Romance [3:51]
11. 19th-Century State of Mind [8:47]
12. Entitled to His Opinions [2:12]
13. Herbert Gelman [3:34]
14. Communist Cell [4:43]
15. Heads on the Block [1:56]
16. Gelman Unraveled [:50]
17. Oval Office Admission [4:16]
18. Monumental Rendezvous [3:08]
19. Motion Commotion [3:29]
20. Correspondents Dinner [5:33]
21. Black and White [4:04]
22. Worrisome Calls [4:15]
23. Blackmail [4:33]
24. Untellable Truth [4:40]
25. Really Desperate [7:13]
26. Manuel [2:51]
27. Club 602 [2:53]
28. Possible Turbulence [1:54]
29. Brig's Last Hand [3:09]
30. Out of Time [7:04]
31. Curmudgeon Cooley [4:31]
32. On to Van Ackerman [4:50]
33. Stricken [6:10]
34. Orderly Succession [2:05]
35. Cast List [2:48]
Side #3 -- Bad Day at Black Rock
1. Credits [1:42]
2. Macreedy Arrives [3:28]
3. Crowding the Newcomer [4:18]
4. Out of Gas [4:14]
5. No Further Questions [4:15]
6. Transportation [3:47]
7. Infection and Prescription [6:56]
8. Adobe Flat [2:38]
9. Road Hog [3:45]
10. What's Wrong With This Town? [3:41]
11. Two Big Men [5:54]
12. Consumed With Apathy [3:23]
13. Upsetting Wires [4:00]
14. Picking a Fight [5:40]
15. Legal Maneuvers [3:47]
16. Jumping Off Place [4:27]
17. Backstories [3:34]
18. Getaway After Dark [3:11]
19. Under Fire [2:20]
20. Flame Thrower [3:07]
21. Something to Build On [2:37]
22. Cast List [:34]
Side #4 -- Blackboard Jungle
1. Foreword and Credits [1:54]
2. Job Interview [4:12]
3. If You Can Handle Them [3:12]
4. Nothing's Going to Happen [2:25]
5. First Day [3:14]
6. Okay, Chief [3:10]
7. Mr. Daddy-O [5:56]
8. Miss Hammond Attacked [:27]
9. Wrong Direction [3:50]
10. To Teaching [4:10]
11. Street Fight [3:38]
12. Another Crack [3:27]
13. It Will Happen Again [2:59]
14. Stinking Talk [1:37]
15. To the Principal's Office [5:46]
16. Losing His Head [4:08]
17. West's Classroom [1:45]
18. Broken Records [2:58]
19. Watch Your Husband [4:05]
20. Musical Talent [5:45]
21. Jack Analysis [2:26]
22. Interested [5:07]
23. Don't Quit [3:55]
24. Hospital Emergency [1:50]
25. Happy New Year [3:34]
26. Knifepoint [4:47]
27. Keeping Their Pact [6:54]
28. Cast List [2:26]
Side #5 -- Fury
1. Credits [1:02]
2. Joe and Kathy [6:07]
3. Brothers at Odds [3:26]
4. On the Upswing [4:37]
5. Held on Suspicion [5:08]
6. Funny Impulses [2:30]
7. Word Spreads [2:19]
8. Nervousness [4:35]
9. March on the Jail [4:37]
10. Mob Attack [3:42]
11. Flames of Fury [5:03]
12. Watching Myself Burn [5:39]
13. The Witness [4:51]
14. Trial Begins [3:30]
15. Edna Swears [2:42]
16. Unbreakable Alibi [2:07]
17. Attempted Prosecution [3:07]
18. Reel Truth [5:13]
19. The Life I Cared About [4:48]
20. We're All Guilty [4:37]
21. Everybody Dies [5:22]
22. Alone With His Thoughts [3:55]
23. Back From the Dead [2:49]
24. Cast List [:28]
Side #6 -- I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
1. Credits [1:15]
2. Homecoming [3:54]
3. Job With a Window [3:04]
4. Hard Times [5:10]
5. Diner Stickup [3:29]
6. Chain Gang [3:35]
7. Breakfast [2:12]
8. The Quarry [4:54]
9. The Strap [4:22]
10. Ways to Get Out [2:54]
11. Foot and Hammer [3:29]
12. Escape [3:00]
13. Underwater [2:24]
14. Plenty Close Enough [3:01]
15. Barney and Linda [4:04]
16. Headed North [2:52]
17. Chicago...and Marie [4:08]
18. Reason Not to Tell [2:27]
19. Straying Spouse [2:45]
20. Helen [2:25]
21. Exposure [3:40]
22. Promise of Pardon [4:13]
23. The Last Word [3:39]
24. Pardon Hearing [3:35]
25. Their Revenge [3:50]
26. Second Escape [5:36]
27. "I Steal." [2:20]
Side #7 -- The Americanization of Emily
1. Credits and Foreword [4:42]
2. Shopping List [4:11]
3. Something of a Prig [6:19]
4. Lay Off, Mrs. Miniver [2:55]
5. Competitiveness [3:19]
6. Jessup's Headache [4:13]
7. First Dead Man [4:27]
8. Cockamamie Assignment [2:36]
9. Emily's Men [2:33]
10. His New Religion [3:12]
11. Brave and Pointless [3:41]
12. Make My Movie [5:20]
13. Stay Out of Sight [3:43]
14. Love, Not Principle [5:06]
15. New Orders [3:37]
16. Unknown Sailor [5:46]
17. Annapolis Mood [5:07]
18. Working an Angle [2:46]
19. Morally Right Thing [5:48]
20. How Could You Do This? [3:05]
21. Not That Stoned [4:36]
22. Bound for France [3:17]
23. D-Day [3:18]
24. Hitting the Beach [2:13]
25. No Pride in Death [4:25]
26. May God Forgive Me [2:05]
27. Brass-Band Hero [5:30]
28. The Right Thing [5:39]
29. Cast List [:53]

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