The Wild Bunch (1969) – Sam Peckinpah

The next big stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as I return to the Historical chapter, is Peckinpah’s ultra-violent, wonderfully bloody take on the Hollywood Western. A group of professional outlaws out of step and out of time looking for one last score find themselves fatally wandering the line between…

From Here to Eternity (1953) – Fred Zinnemann

  An all star cast brings James Jones sprawling book to the big screen, and is my next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my revisit with Casablanca for the Romance and Melodrama genre. Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine, Claude Akins and Jack Warden bring…

Magnum, p.i. (1982) – Mr. White Death and Mixed Doubles

  Thomas (Tom Selleck) finds himself wrestling with an old man, and catching up with an old flame in this week’s sojourn to Hawaii! First up is Mr. White Death, which aired 18 November, 1982, and was penned by Ruben Leder. Ernest Borgnine guest stars as Mr. White Death, himself, Earl Gianelli. A former wrestling champ, he…

Airwolf (1986) – Day of Jeopardy and Desperate Monday

  Airwolf flies into action again in these two episodes! First up is Day of Jeopardy which aired 25 January, 1986 and was written by Everett Chambers and Rick Kelbaugh. It also boasts guest stars Anne Lockhart and G. Gordon Liddy. Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) is less than pleased when the identity of a witness he’s…

Airwolf (1986) – Wildfire and Discovery

  String (Jan-Michael Vincent), Dom (Ernest Borgnine) and Caitlin (Jean Bruce Scott) take on more dangers this week! First up is Wildfire penned by David Westheimer, which aired 11 January, 1986. This is a kind of just say no to drugs story that seemed prevalent in the 1980s, heck, even Star Trek: The Next Generation…

Airwolf (1985) – The Deadly Circle and Where Have All the Children Gone?

  Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) gets himself into all manner of trouble in this week’s double installment. First up is The Deadly Circle, written by Robert Specht, with an original airdate of 30 November, 1985. Families of former comrades-in-arms are being grabbed by Vietnamese soldiers intent on extracting revenge for the destruction of their village…

Airwolf (1985) – Annie Oakley and Jennie

  Canadian legend Art Hindle plays Carl, a thief, who steals a laser called a mongoose from The Firm in the first episode up for review this week! Annie Oakley was written by Carleton Eastlake, Rick Kelbaugh, and Harold Stone with an original airdate of 16 November, 1985. String (Jan-Michael Vincent) is planning a quick getaway…

Airwolf (1985) – Crossover and Kingdom Come

  More high-flying action this week as Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) flies Airwolf into more danger! First up is Crossover, written by Elliot West and airing 26 October, 1985, this episode sees String working alone to bring a father daughter team over from Czechoslovakia, to the U.S. through Mexico. The pair are defecting and have…

Airwolf (1985) – And a Child Shall Lead and Fortune Teller

  String (Jan-Michael Vincent), Dom (Ernest Borgnine) and Caitlin (Jean Bruce Scott) have their hands full this week as Airwolf takes to the skies again! First up, Larry Linville guest stars as the baddie in And a Child Shall Lead. Originally airing on my birthday, October 12, 1985, and written by Stephen A. Miller, this…

Airwolf (1985) – Horn of Plenty and Airwolf II

  The third and final season of Airwolf gets underway with this pair of episodes. (To clarify, no one counts the abominable spinoff fourth season). Up first is Horn of Plenty written by Sutton Roley and airing on 28 September, 1985. An elaborate plan is concocted to kidnap Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) with the plant to hypnotize/brainwash him…

Airwolf (1985) – Eruption and Short Walk to Freedom

Season 2 of Airwolf wraps up with this post. First up is Eruption written by T.S. Cook and Kevin Hartigan, this one originally aired on 6 April, 1985. String (Jan-Michael Vincent) and Dom (Ernest Borgnine) are using Airwolf to take readings around what was thought to be a dormant volcano, everything seems to be going fairly well…