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M. Emmet Walsh


Alice's RestaurantAlice's Restaurant (1969) Recommended
Dir. Arthur Penn
Feat. Arlo Guthrie, Patricia Quinn, James Broderick
Loosely built around the adventures of hippie troubadour Arlo Guthrie (son of Woody and star of WOODSTOCK), as he wanders rural America asking…
Get to Know Your RabbitGet to Know Your Rabbit (1972)
Dir. Brian De Palma
Feat. John Astin, Tom Smothers, Allen Garfield
Quirky Brian de Palma comedy about an exec who wants to become a tapdancing magician.
What's Up Doc?What's Up Doc? (1972)
Dir. Peter Bogdanovich
Feat. Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn
Creditable homage to the screwball farces of Hawks and Sturges, with Barbara Streisand as the wildcard in the life of musicologist Ryan O’Neal.…
Mikey and NickyMikey and Nicky (1976)
Dir. Elaine May
Feat. Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Ned Beatty
Loosely improvised drama, with a wild–eyed John Cassavetes calling on old pal Peter Falk to help escape the Mob. Turns out he may not be such a…
Slap ShotSlap Shot (1977) Recommended
Dir. George Roy Hill
Feat. Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean
Violent ice–hockey scenes jostle with profane humour in this ironic sports–flick based around a failing minor–league team, coached…
Straight TimeStraight Time (1978) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ulu Grosbard
Feat. Dustin Hoffman, M. Emmet Walsh, Harry Dean Stanton
Dustin Hoffman is brilliantly convincing as a convicted felon fighting a losing battle to go straight after a six year jail term, as are most aspects…
Ordinary PeopleOrdinary People (1980)
Dir. Robert Redford
Feat. Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch
Mary Tyler Moore contends with familial troubles of the well–heeled in Robert Redford's directing debut.
BrubakerBrubaker (1980)
Dir. Stuart Rosenberg
Feat. Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Alexander
Straight–edged prison drama based around the true story of a warden who disguised himself as a convict in order to expose the corruptions of…
East of Eden (TV Mini-series)East of Eden (TV Mini-series) (1981)
Dir. Harvey Hart
Feat. Timothy Bottoms, Jane Seymour, Bruce Boxleitner
Over six hours long, this sumptuous Emmy and Golden Globe winning mini–series, adapts Steinbeck’s quintessential novel "more fully and…
Blood SimpleBlood Simple (1984) Recommended
Dir. Joel Coen
Feat. John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya
A humdinger debut from the Coen Brothers, who teasingly draw out the sinister activities of shady activities of shady rednecks before nailing things…
Missing in ActionMissing in Action (1984)
Dir. Joseph Zito
Feat. Chuck Norris, M. Emmet Walsh
Simplistic but iconic 80s actioner, with Norris as a RAMBO–figure, a Vietnam Vet who returns to liberate POWs from their jungle hellholes.…
CrittersCritters (1986)
Dir. Stephen Herek
Feat. M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Zane
A gang of teeth–knashing alien fur–balls who have escaped from 'space prison' invade smalltown Kansas and terrorize the locals, cutting…
Clean and SoberClean and Sober (1988) Recommended
Dir. Glenn Gordon Caron
Feat. Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman
Unflinching, powerful drama with Michael Keaton utterly convincing as a real estate broker who decides to lay low at a drug rehabilitation facility…
Brotherhood Of The Rose (Mini-Series)Brotherhood Of The Rose (Mini-Series) (1989)
Feat. Robert Mitchum, David Morse, Peter Strauss
Mini–series from author David Morrell about two orphans raised to be super–soldier CIA operatives who become embroiled in an…
Mighty Quinn, TheMighty Quinn, The (1989)
Dir. Carl Schenkel
Feat. Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend, Mimi Rogers
Entertaining Caribbean caper stars Denzel as the chief of police on a tropical island who is suddenly thrust into action when his crooked best friend…
Narrow MarginNarrow Margin (1990)
Dir. Peter Hyams
Feat. Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, James B. Sikking
Gene Hackman stars in this remake of the 1952 classic about a protected witness who must testify against a mob killing. All set on a fast moving…
Flash, The (TV Series)Flash, The (TV Series) (1991)
Feat. John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, M. Emmet Walsh
Vastly underrated TV adaptation of the DC comicbook hero, in which a forensic detective (Shipp) has a laboratory accident which causes the molecules…
White SandsWhite Sands (1992)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mickey Rourke
When Deputy Willem Dafoe discovers a dead man and half a million bucks, we know something is mighty queer. Enter Mickey Rourke and all is explained.
Music of Chance, TheMusic of Chance, The (1993) Aro Favourite
Dir. Philip Haas
Feat. James Spader, Mandy Patinkin, Charles Durning
Impressively cast against type, James Spader's slimy card shark entices broken family man Mandy Patinkin to accept a poker challenge by two eccentric…
PantherPanther (1995)
Dir. Mario Van Peebles
Feat. Kadeem Hardison, Bokeem Woodbine, Joe Don Baker
Released to some controversy, this relates the saga of the 60s community group–turned–'urban guerillas', the Black Panthers. A violent,…
Albino AlligatorAlbino Alligator (1996)
Dir. Kevin Spacey
Feat. Matt Dillon, Viggo Mortensen, Faye Dunaway
Directing debut for Kevin Spacey, reupholsters a classic crime plot, with all the mordant, cold–blooded wit of his acting. Matt Dillon and his…
Christmas with the KranksChristmas with the Kranks (2004)
Dir. Joe Roth
Feat. Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd
A yuletide chucklefest, with Allen and Curtis playing a suburban couple, the Kranks, who decide to opt out of Christmas celebrations when their…
Racing StripesRacing Stripes (2005) Recommended
Dir. Frederik Du Chau
Feat. Bruce Greenwood, M. Emmet Walsh, Hayden Panettiere
Likable family comedy has 'Stripes' the zebra (voiced by Frankie Muniz) growing up on a farm believing he is a racehorse and being humoured by other…
Youth in RevoltYouth in Revolt (2009)
Dir. Miguel Arteta
Feat. Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Zach Galifianakis
Perfectly typecast, Michael Cera plays an adorable, sexually–frustrated "nice guy" who invents a trouble–making alter ego –…
Moment of Truth, TheMoment of Truth, The (Don McKay) (2009)
Dir. Jake Goldberger
Feat. Thomas Haden Church, Elisabeth Shue, Melissa Leo
Quirky thriller with a downtrodden janitor lured back to his hometown by a letter from an old flame but upon his return he soon finds things are not…
Odd Life of Timothy Green, TheOdd Life of Timothy Green, The (2012)
Dir. Peter Hedges
Feat. Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams
A married couple struggling to start a new family are greeting in the aftermath of a storm by a curious young boy on their doorstep in this…
Arthur NewmanArthur Newman (2012)
Dir. Dante Ariola
Feat. Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Anne Heche
Two troubled souls trying to leave their pasts behind shack up in this moody American road movie, a fine vehicle for the talents of Colin Firth and…
CalvaryCalvary (2014) Recommended
Dir. John Michael McDonagh
Feat. Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly
A small–town priest has a crisis of faith when a death threat is passed onto him during confessional.

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