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Sydney Pollack

Born: July 1, 1934, Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Died: May 26, 2008

Sydney Irwin Pollack was an American film director, producer, and actor. Pollack studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, where he later taught acting.

He began directing television shows in the 1960s before moving to films. Pollack directed more than 21 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 films or shows and produced over 44 films. Some of his best-known works include “Jeremiah Johnson” (1972), “The Way We Were” (1973), “Three Days of the Condor” (1975) and “Absence of Malice” (1981).

His 1985 film “Out of Africa” won him Academy Awards for directing and producing. He was also nominated for Best Director Oscars for “They Shoot Horses, Don't They?” and “Tootsie”, in the latter of which he also appeared. His later films included Havana (1990), “The Firm” (1993), “Sabrina” (1995), “The Interpreter” (2005), and as the producer for and actor in “Michael Clayton” (2007).

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Made of Honor (2008)

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Tom and Hannah have been platonic friends for 10 years. He's a serial dater, while she wants marriage but hasn't found Mr. Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he is relationship material after all, Hannah gets engaged. When she asks Tom to be her \maid\ of honor, he reluctantly agrees just so he can attempt to stop the wedding and woo her.

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Leatherheads (2008)

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Academy Award®-winners George Clooney and Renee Zellweger match wits in this rapid fire romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America's pro-football league in 1925. A throwback to the zany screwball comedies of Hollywood's golden era, Leatherheads casts Clooney as a grizzled football coach who recruits a golden boy war hero and star athlete (John Krasinski) to increase the team's profile. Zellweger is a cub reporter who suspects the tales of heroism might be phony. Soon, both men are fighting for her affections, and the combination of her investigation, the team's pursuit of the championship, and the gameplay of a romantic triangle make for one madcap comedy. Clooney also directs.

60 2008 114
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Michael Clayton (2007)

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A law firm brings in its \fixer\ to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.

73 2007 119
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Catch a Fire (2006)

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Catch a Fire is a 2006 historically based drama about anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, focussing on the life of Patrick Chamusso, an timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world, who in 1980 is wrongly accused, imprisoned, and tortured for an attempt to bomb the plant. The injustice transforms the apolitical worker into a radicalised insurgent, who then carries out his own successful sabotage mission.

67 2006 101
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The Interpreter (2005)

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A thriller about an interpreter who has overheard plans of an assassination at United Nations headquarters. An American Secret Service agent is sent to investigate as Silvia Broome, the interpreter, is in danger of being killed by the assassins.

64 2005 128
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Changing Lanes (2002)

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A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two complete strangers into vicious adversaries. Their means of destroying each other might be different, but their goals, ultimately, will be the same: Each will systematically try to dismantle the other's life in a reckless effort to reclaim something he has lost.

65 2002 89
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The Quiet American (2002)

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A stylish political thriller where love and war collide in Southeast Asia. Set in early 1950s Vietnam, a young American becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist. As war is waged around them, these three only sink deeper into a world of drugs, passion, and betrayal where nothing is as it seems.

71 2002 101
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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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After Dr. Bill Hartford's wife, Alice, admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings -- and quickly discovers that he is in over his head.

73 1999 159
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Random Hearts (1999)

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After the death of their loved ones in a tragic plane crash 'Harrison Ford' and Kristin Scott Thomas find each others keys in each others loved ones posessions and realize that they were having an affair and must figure out all the details. Written by Andy HeitzThe wife of Police Sergeant Dutch Van Den Broek and the husband of politician Kay Chandler are killed in a plane crash. Now Dutch discovers some anomalies in what he told her before she left and discovers that she and Chandler's husband were travelling together. Dutch then goes to Chandler and tells her that he suspects that they were having an affair. He tells her that he wants to know the truth; she tells him that she doesn't but she later joins him and they grow close.

50 1999 133
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A Civil Action (1998)

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Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to \get rid of\ a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything - including his career and his clients' goals, in order to continue the case against all odds.

65 1998 115
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Sense and Sensibility (1995)

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Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.

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Sabrina (1995)

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An ugly duckling having undergone a remarkable change, still harbors feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it.

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The Firm (1993)

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Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by The Firm and made an offer he doesn t refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan...

68 1993 154
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Death Becomes Her (1992)

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Madeline is married to Ernest, who was once arch-rival Helen s fiance. After recovering from a mental breakdown, Helen vows to kill Madeline and steal back Ernest. Unfortunately for everyone, the introduction of a magic potion causes things to be a great deal more complicated than a mere murder plot.

64 1992 104
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The Player (1992)

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A studio executive is being blackmailed by a writer whose script he rejected but which one? Loaded with Hollywood insider jokes.

77 1992 124
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Husbands and Wives (1992)

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When Jack and Sally announce that they're splitting up, this comes as a shock to their best friends Gabe and Judy. Maybe mostly because they also are drifting apart and are now being made aware of it. So while Jack and Sally try to go on and meet new people, the marriage of Gabe and Judy gets more and more strained, and they begin to find themselves being attracted to other people.

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Havana (1990)

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An American professional gambler named Jack Weil (Redford) decides to visit Havana, Cuba to gamble. On the boat to Havana, he meets Roberta Duran (Olin), the wife of a revolutionary, Arturo (Julia). Shortly after their arrival, Arturo is taken away by the secret police, and Roberta is captured and tortured. Jack frees her, but she continues to support the revolution.

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Out of Africa (1985)

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In an exquisite and intelligent romantic drama based on a true story, Oscar®-winner Meryl Streep is astounding as Karen Blixen, the noted author who moves from Denmark to Nairobi with her husband of convenience (Oscar®-nominee Klaus Maria Brandauer) to start a plantation. Once there, Karen finds herself falling in love with a British adventurer (Oscar®-winner Robert Redford) and struggling with the troubles of daily life in Africa. Beautifully shot with a seamless script that integrates five books of Blixen's memoirs, the film won seven Academy Awards®, including Best Director (Sydney Pollack) and Best Picture.

72 1985 161
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Tootsie (1982)

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Michael Dorsey is an unemployed actor with an impossible reputation. In order to find work and fund his friend s play he dresses as a woman, Dorothy Michaels, and lands the part in a daytime drama. Dorsey loses himself in this woman role and essentially becomes Dorothy Michaels, captivating women all around the city and inspiring them to break free from the control of men and become more like Dorsey s initial identity. This newfound role, however, lands Dorsey in a hot spot between a female friend/ lover, a female co-star he falls in love with, that co-star s father who falls in love with him, and a male co-star who yearns for his affection.

74 1982 116
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Absence of Malice (1981)

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A prosecutor leaks a false story that liquor warehouse owner Michael Gallagher is involved in the murder of a union head, and as newspaper reporter Megan Carter picks up the story and attempts to find the real truth, Gallaghers life begins to unravel.

69 1981 116
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The Electric Horseman (1979)

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Sonny Steele used to be a rodeo star, but his next appearance is to be on a Las Vegas stage, wearing a suit covered in lights, advertising a breakfast cereal. When he finds out they are going drug the horse in case its too frisky, he rides off into the desert...

62 1979 122
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Three Days of the Condor (1975)

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A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

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The Yakuza (1974)

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Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...

73 1974 123
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The Way We Were (1973)

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Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.

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Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

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A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians when he proves to be the match of their warriors in one-to-one combat on the early frontier.

76 1972 108
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The Scalphunters (1968)

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Trapper Joe is on his way to the town with all of his gain of hides of the last winter. However a group of Indians stops him and takes all of his hides, leaving him the escaped slave Joseph instead. But Joe has no use for Joseph and is determined to get his property back and follows them. Before he can do anything, the Indians are raided themselves by a group of scalphunters under the greedy Howie. Not only the hides, but also Joseph falls into their hands. Now Joe follows them alone and tries to trick the numerical superior group out of his hides

69 1968 102



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