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Black Marble
     

The Black Marble

Director: Harold Becker,

Cast: Harold Becker, Robert Foxworth, Paula Prentiss, Harry Dean Stanton

 
Adapted for the screen by novelist Joseph Wambaugh himself, The Black Marble stars Robert Foxworth as a burned-out, hard-drinking cop who is teamed with idealistic lady officer Paula Prentiss. These two polar opposites wade their way through a seamy urban world of corruption and hopelessness. The film is peppered with supporting players, of which include Harry

Overview

Adapted for the screen by novelist Joseph Wambaugh himself, The Black Marble stars Robert Foxworth as a burned-out, hard-drinking cop who is teamed with idealistic lady officer Paula Prentiss. These two polar opposites wade their way through a seamy urban world of corruption and hopelessness. The film is peppered with supporting players, of which include Harry Dean Stanton, James Woods, John Hancock and Barbara Babcock.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Whenever The Black Marble settles into its own particular groove, it grabs the viewer and provides a glimpse of what a special film it could have been. The problem is that it rarely finds that groove, and when it does, it can't manage to stay within it for more than a few moments at a time. Marble is both a black comedy and a serious look at the difficult lives of typical policemen, and every now and then these two aspects come together and create a shocking, enthralling few moments. But when they don't come together, the two genres are warring with each other, creating a film that is fairly engaging but also frustrating. Due to all of this, Marble never builds up enough steam to make it a truly satisfying viewing experience, and there are times when director Harold Becker's attempts at trying something just a little different in terms of timing and pacing result in slipshod sequences that just keep missing. However, Marble is beautifully cast. Robert Foxworth and Paula Prentiss are in top form as the unlikely duo that inevitably finds each attracted to the other, and both of these actors come up with lovely, telling bits and inventive takes on their characters that make them live and breathe. And Harry Dean Stanton's wonderfully observed villain is a delight.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
UPC:
0013131212990
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 tvs; Audio commentary with director Harold Becker ; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Foxworth Sgt. Valnikov
Paula Prentiss Sgt. Natalie Zimmerman
Harry Dean Stanton Philo Sinner
Barbara Babcock Madeline Whitfield
John Hancock Clarence Cromwell
James Woods Fiddler
Christopher Lloyd Actor
Judy Landers Pattie Mae
Pat Corley Itchy Mitch
Paul Henry Itken Dr. Bambarella
Richard Dix Alex Valnikov
Dallas Alinder Chester Biggs
Raleigh Bond Capt. Hooker
Lou Cutell Limpwood
Michael Dudikoff Millie's Houseboy
Michael D. Gainsborough Capt. Packerton
Ion Teodorescu Iosif
Doris Belack Married Woman
Marilyn Chris Marvis Skinner
Jane Daly Bullets' Girlfriend
Elizabeth Farley Receptionist
Lidia Kristen Russian Woman
Anne Ramsey Bessie Callahan
Robin Raymond Millie
Herta Ware Grand Duchess

Technical Credits
Harold Becker Director
Susan Becker Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicole Boisvert Producer
Frank Capra Producer
John Dunning Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Tom Mack Asst. Director
Eddy Matalon Producer
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Alfred Sweeney Producer,Production Designer
Jean-Jacques Tarbes Cinematographer
Didier Vasseur Score Composer
Joseph Wambaugh Screenwriter
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer
Maury Winetrobe Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Futility [3:53]
2. A Dog's Life [5:48]
3. Main Titles [1:34]
4. Why Me? [4:12]
5. Pairing Up [4:17]
6. Dog, Napping [6:06]
7. Demands [5:54]
8. The Black Marble [4:46]
9. Dear Departed [6:30]
10. Russian Style [5:38]
11. Meeting [5:50]
12. Offer and Reply [8:58]
13. Dinnertime [5:40]
14. Song and Dance [8:43]
15. The Rabbit [7:53]
16. Tea, No Sympathy [3:59]
17. High-Speed Chase [8:34]
18. Sick as a Dog [5:04]
19. True Romance [4:18]
20. End Credits [2:26]

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