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Bruce Dern

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Outer Limits, The (TV Series)Outer Limits, The (TV Series) (1963-1964) Recommended
Dir. Byron Haskin, Laslo Benedek, Various.
Feat. Cliff Robertson, Martin Landau, Shirley Knight
Seminal TV series that explored the universal themes of time, space and humankind. Twelve hour–long episodes contained on four volumes, with…
MarnieMarnie (1964) Recommended
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Feat. Sean Connery, Tippi Hedren, Martin Gabel
Rich businessman Sean Connery blackmails kleptomaniac secretary Tippi Hedren into marrying him, thence free to try out his own brand of experimental…
Wild Angels, TheWild Angels, The (1966)
Dir. Roger Corman
Feat. Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern
First big bikie flick set the blueprint for the genre, with Hell’s Angel Peter Fonda and his main squeeze Nancy Sinatra, having a wild time racing,…
Rebel RousersRebel Rousers (1967)
Dir. Martin B Cohen
Feat. Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Harry Dean Stanton
An utterly shameless fistful of 60s exploitation, this has a biker gang tearing up a quiet little town and having races for winner's 'trophy' Diane…
Psych-OutPsych-Out (1968)
Dir. Richard Rush
Feat. Jack Nicholson, Dean Stockwell, Susan Strasberg
Quintessential '60s acid movie about a deaf runaway who encounters the psychedelic rebel culture of hippies' Jack Nicolson and Dean Stockwell while…
Will PennyWill Penny (1968) Recommended
Dir. Tom Gries
Feat. Charlton Heston, Joan Hackett, Donald Pleasence
An impressive, unromanticised view of an aging cowpuncher – played by Charlton Heston in possibly his finest dramatic performance – as he…
Castle KeepCastle Keep (1969)
Dir. Sydney Pollack
Feat. Burt Lancaster, Patrick O'Neal, Jean-Pierre Aumont
Anachronistic WWII film in which a ragtag squad of GI's, led by an eye–patched Burt Lancaster, hunker down in a medieval castle and try to halt…
Silent RunningSilent Running (1971)
Dir. Douglas Trumball
Feat. Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin
Environmental parable stars Bruce Dern as a space–station botanist who defies authority to preserve final samples of Earth's vegetation. A…
King of Marvin GardensKing of Marvin Gardens (1972)
Dir. Bob Rafelson
Feat. Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn
Bleak, talky tale of two misguided siblings with big ideas is a strong acting showcase for Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern and Ellen Burstyn. Ambitious…
Cowboys, TheCowboys, The (1972)
Dir. Mark Rydell
Feat. John Wayne, Bruce Dern
John Wayne loses his cattle ranchers to the gold–rush, so is forced to recruit 11 children, much to the delight of cowboy nasty, Bruce Dern.…
Family PlotFamily Plot (1976)
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Feat. Bruce Dern, William Devane
Hitch's last film treads lightly but expertly through a set of small–scale intrigues. Bruce Dern comes up against the creepy William Devane and…
Driver, TheDriver, The (1978)
Dir. Walter Hill
Feat. Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani
Memorable exercise in action stylistics from dir. Hill (THE WARRIORS), which opposes specialist getaway driver Ryan O’Neal with maniacal cop Bruce…
TattooTattoo (1981)
Dir. Bob Brooks
Feat. Bruce Dern, Maud Adams, Leonard Frey
An unbalanced tattoo–artist becomes obsessed with a supermodel, believing the temporary tattoos he paints on her should become permanent! Murky…
Uncle Tom's CabinUncle Tom's Cabin (1987)
Dir. Stan Lathan
Feat. Avery Brooks, Phylicia Rashad, Edward Woodward
Faithful to the classic abolitionist novel this made for cable adaptation garnered considerable acclaim for Avery Brooks' performance.
19691969 (1988)
Dir. Ernest Thompson
Feat. Kiefer Sutherland, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jnr.
Keifer Sutherland and Winona Ryder lead a brat–pack of sensitive anti–war youths in the summer of '69.
Burbs, TheBurbs, The (1989)
Dir. Joe Dante
Feat. Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher
A worthwhile comic spin on that age–old comic scenario – what if those strange new neighbours were members of a cannibalistic cult?…
After Dark, My SweetAfter Dark, My Sweet (1991)
Dir. James Foley
Feat. Jason Patric, Rachel Ward, Bruce Dern
A punch drunk drifter befriends a mysterious couple in a sun–blasted desert town. A smoulderingly atmospheric tale based on the novel by Jim…
Wild BillWild Bill (1995)
Dir. Walter Hill
Feat. Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin, John Hurt
Evocatively intercuts the remorseful twilight of gunfighter Wild Bill Hicock's life, with a series of tangy, sepia–toned flashbacks.
Last Man StandingLast Man Standing (1996)
Dir. Walter Hill
Feat. Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, Christopher Walken
Gunslinger Bruce Willis dishes up violent justice for two factions of bootleggers in an actioner that ropes in western, mob movie, film noir and even…
If… Dog… Rabbit… (1999)
Dir. Matthew Modine
Feat. Matthew Modine, Bruce Dern, John Hurt
Directorial debut for actor Matthew Modine (who also stars), coming up with a by now rather familiar gangster caper, set among an eccentric bunch of…
All the Pretty HorsesAll the Pretty Horses (2000)
Dir. Billy Bob Thornton
Feat. Penelope Cruz, Matt Damon, Henry Thomas
Serious–minded adaptation of Cormac McCarthey’s neo–western novel, the epic journey of 1950s cowboy Matt Damon across the Texan border…
MonsterMonster (2003) Aro Favourite
Dir. Patty Jenkins
Feat. Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern
Powerful dramatization of the story of female serial–killer Aileen Wournos, strong enough to support an astonishing, Oscar–winning…
Masked and AnonymousMasked and Anonymous (2003)
Dir. Larry Charles
Feat. Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, Bob Dylan
In a near–apocalyptic future America, a popular singer (Bob Dylan) sets out on a nationwide tour to revive his career before heading into a…
Astronaut Farmer, TheAstronaut Farmer, The (2007)
Dir. Michael Polish
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Bruce Dern
Billy Bob Thornton plays a little guy with a big dream – an ex–NASA employee who builds his own space–rocket – in this warm…
Cake Eaters, TheCake Eaters, The (2007)
Dir. Mary Stuart Masterson
Feat. Kristen Stewart, Aaron Stanford, Bruce Dern
Heartfelt drama follows the fortunes of two families intertwining in rural America, both affected by the terminal illness of a teenager (Kristen…
Hole, TheHole, The (2009) Recommended
Dir. Joe Dante
Feat. Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble
Spooky fun with two brothers who stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement of their new home. Joe Dante brings his sly touch to a horror…
TwixtTwixt (2011)
Dir. Francis Ford Coppola
Feat. Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern
Silly, though intermittently stylish late Francis Ford Coppola piece, with Val Kilmer as an alcoholic horror novelist who is visited by a young ghost…
NebraskaNebraska (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Alexander Payne
Feat. Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb
Alexander Payne's latest road movie finds an aging Bruce Dern making the trip to central Nebraska with his estranged son to collect on an elusive…
Hateful Eight, TheHateful Eight, The (2015)
Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Feat. Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
An extremely bloody western from Tarantino that features a typically stellar cast as a group of miscreants and misanthropes holed up in a cabin in a…
ChappaquiddickChappaquiddick (2017)
Dir. John Curran
Feat. Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms
Sombre drama exploring the incident known as the Chappaquiddick incident, in which Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car into a lake in 1969, killing his…

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