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Any Given Sunday

(1999) A coach, (in post-production) Story of a quarterback who is forced to play while injured to avoid losing his job to a younger player. When a devastating hit knocks a professional football legend and quarterback Cap Rooney (Denis Quaid) out of the game, a young, unknown third-stringer is called in to replace him. Having ridden the bench for years because of a string of bad luck stories and perhaps insufficient character, Willie Beaman (Jamie Foxx) seizes what may be his last chance, and lights up the field with a raw display of athletic prowess. His stunning performance over several games is so outstanding and fresh it seems to augur a new era in the history of this Miami franchise, and forces aging coach Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino) to reevaluate his time-tested values and strategies and begin to confront the fact that the game, as well as post-modern life may be passing him by. Adding to the pressure on D'Amato to win at any cost is the aggressive young President/Co-owner of the team, Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz), now coming into her own after her father's death. Christina's driving desire to prove herself in a male dominated world is intensified by her focus on the marketing and business of football, in which all coaches and players are merely properties.
The Insider

(1999) Lowell Bergman, (in pre-production) True story of tobacco executive-turned-whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand and his relationship with "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman. Based on the true story of Jeff Wigand, a former tobacco exec turned whistleblower, and 60 minutes producer Lowell Bergman. Pacino will play Bergman, with LA Confidential's Russell Crowe on board as Wigand. Pacino's Heat director will helm the pic which will focus on how Bergman helped convince Wigand, a former head of research and developement at Brown and Williamson, to reveal the truth about what the tobacco companies knew about the dangers of smoking. The film is based on a 1996 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner titled, "The Man Who Knew Too Much" Mr. Showbiz, Feb 4, 1998
Chinese Coffee

(1999) Harry, (*also directing) "It is one in the morning on a freezing New York night when struggling novelist Harry Levine comes pounding furiously on the door of his best friend, photographer Jake Manheim. Harry has all of a dollar and a half in his pocket and Jake owes him a substantial amount of money. Jake has even less money on hand than Harry, but what is worse is that he has not, he declares, read the manuscript of Harry's latest novel, a work on which Harry's last hope is pitched. Or has he? Relentlessly, obsessively, the desperate Harry probes the sardonic, world-weary Jake until the truth is finally revealed. Not only has Jake read the book and found it to be a thinly disguised account of their lives, loves and failures, but believes it to be a work of truly commercial promise, and perhaps of genuine artistic merit. Fiercely jealous, believing himself to have been potentially the writer Harry has indeed become, the failed photographer attempts to destroy his friends one chance to rise. The final moments of the play explode as Harry gains the courage to continue living and affirms his right to succeed." (this summary is from the back of the published play)
Devil's Advocate

(1997) John Milton, the devil, operating out of a law firm in New York who hires a young lawyer (Keanu Reeves) and tries to corrupt him. Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off.
Donnie Brasco

(1997) Lefty Ruggiero, a low-level mafia hood. He takes a young man (Jonny Depp) under his wing and teaches him the ways of the mob without knowing he is an undercover agent for the FBI. This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction lead by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'. Eventually, the group become big time when Black himself becomes a boss, all the while Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished.
Looking for Richard


(1996) Himself and Richard III, (*also directed, produced, wrote narration) an experimental documentary about trying to understand of one of Shakespeare's most complex plays, "Richard III". Al Pacino's long anticipated directing debut (his first-ever movie, THE LOCAL STIGMATIC, remains a tantalizing chimera) is a bit of this and a bit of that. If it doesn't precisely add up to greatness, it's still a highly entertaining look behind the scenes as Pacino and friends -- including Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey and a frightfully miscast Winona Ryder -- prepare a production of Shakespeare's Richard III, from chaotic initial readings to full-costume performance. Pacino, who's so often described as "intense" that the adjective has become a de facto part of his name, is a real delight to watch: Simultaneously goofily loose and totally focused, he's the galvanizing force behind both the film and the production within the film. Pacino's muscular, man in the street take on Shakespeare in general and the murderous monarch in particular contrasts nicely with the observations of Derek Jacobi, Vanessa Redgrave and John Gielgud, who hold up the high-toned British end of things in interviews that are shrewdly interspersed with the action. That the film is a must for Pacino fans goes without saying; the surprise is how generally enjoyable it all is. Movieguide Database, TVGen
City Hall

(1996) John Pappas, Mayor of New York City. A murder mystery in which the deputy mayor (John Cusack) investigates the murder of a small child in NY.

In this powerful drama, a shoot-out between a hero cop and a mobster connected drug dealer leaves a six-year-old black child dead on the tenement streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The killings launch a storm of controversy and the reverberations are felt immediately at City Hall.

Al Pacino stars as Mayor John Pappas, a populist leader who has captured the hearts of the people the way Fiorello La Guardia once did, and now harbors ambitions for the White House. John Cusack plays Kevin Calhoun, the young Louisiana-born deputy mayor possessing a unique combination of high minded ideals and hard-nosed political savvy. Calhoun worships the mayor as a father figure and devotedly assists him with his day-to-day duties while implementing the plan to fulfill his presidential aspirations. Bridget Fonda portrays Marybeth Cogan, a strong-willed lawyer for the detectives endowment association who seeks to preserve the good reputation of the slain officer and to protect the rights of his widow.

Hoping to quell the outrage caused by the killings, Calhoun attempts to get to the bottom of the matter only to discover there is more to the case than meets the eye. He and Cogan conduct a suspenseful trip through the treacherous labyrinth of the city government and by the time they reach their destination, nothing in City Hall will ever be the same. City Hall also stars Danny Aiello, David Paymer and Martin Landau. Movieweb

Two Bits

(1995) Grandpa Spiritos, the dying grandfather of the main character, a little boy who wants two bits to go see a movie for the first time. In this Depression-era drama a 12-year-old Philadelphia boy, desperate for twenty-five cents to go to the opening of a new movie theatre, has the two bits willed to him by his grandfather, who announces he's going to die. Not wanting to lose his grandpa, the boy spends the day trying to earn the money and learning important life lessons. Alec Baldwin narrates

(1995) Vincent, a cop on the LAPD investigating a gang of bank robbers lead by Robert De Niro.

Neil McCauley, played by Robert De Niro, is a hardened professional criminal who has spent many years behind bars and is determined never to go back. A highly focused loner, McCauley's protection is that there's nothing in his life that he can't walk away from in 30 seconds flat. He and his crew -- Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer), Michael Cheritto (Tom Sizemore) and Nate (Jon Voight) -- are committing a series of well-planned, high-number robberies in and around Los Angeles.

Al Pacino plays Vincent Hanna, a lieutenant of detectives in L.A.P.D.'s Robbery/Homicide Division who searches through the remains of a crime for the scent of his prey and then hunts them down. Those are the elevated experiences of his life -- the rest is disorder. Divorced twice, Hanna's third marriage is precarious as he focuses all his attention on Neil McCauley.

Neil McCauley and his team rob an armored van of bearer bonds. Three guards are killed; Vincent Hanna takes over the case. McCauley and his crew are nearly impossible to identify, let alone track down. But Hanna's network of informants and the details of each man's life - wives, wives' lovers, failures and dreams, betrayals and vendettas -- generate clues Hanna is able to discover. Soon, Vincent Hanna and his detectives and Neil McCauley and his crime partners are driven towards a collision from which only some will survive.

"Heat" examines the characters of two extraordinarily driven men whose actions tear through the fabric of Los Angeles. Movieweb

Jonas in the Desert (1994) Himself, in this journey through the world of the artist. It captures the ideas, creativity, and art of underground director, poet, and intellectual Jonas Mekas.

Peter Sempel, known for Dandy and Just Visiting This Planet (shown at the 13th and 15th Mostra Film Festival respectively), has chosen underground director, poet, and intellectual Jonas Mekas for subject of his most recent documentary Jonas in the Desert.

In fact, Mekas had already taken part in Just Visiting This Planet singing a gipsy aria. Like Sempel's former work, Jonas in the Desert is not a documentary in the strictest sense of the word. Rather, it is a journey through the world of the artist - one of the exponents of independent U.S. movies; founder and director of the New York Anthology Film Archive - and captures his ideas, his creativity, and art.

Carlito's Way

(1993) Carlito Brigante, a former drug dealer trying to go straight. Carlito Brigante (Pacino) is a life-long criminal who finds himself with an unexpected second chance. In 1975, Carlito is released from prison after serving only 5 years of a 30-year sentence when his conviction is overturned on a technicality. He declares himself reformed, tired of life on the streets, and determined to fulfill his simple dream of buying into a rental car business in the Bahamas. Among those who find this conversion hard to believe are David Kleinfeld (Penn), Carlito's crooked attorney and childhood friend, and bodyguard Pachanga (Luis Guzman). Carlito rediscovers old flame Gail (Penelope Ann Miller) and seems ready to retire in peace, but old ways die hard, and old associates pull Carlito step by step back into a life he can't seem to shake
Scent of a Woman

(1992) Col. Frank Slade, a blind, retired army hothead who takes a young boarding school student with him for one last trip to New York City. Colonel Frank Slade (Pacino) is a blind, cantankerous retired Army man who wants to spend one last big weekend living it up in New York City before killing himself. Charlie (ChrisO'Donnell) is a young student from a local upscale boarding school trying to earn enough money to make it home until Christmas. Slade drags him along to NY for a wild weekend.
Glengarry Glen Ross

(1992) Ricky Roma, a slick real estate salesman trying to keep his job in a cut-throat office. Times are tough in a Chicago real-estate office; the salesmen (Shelley Levene, Ricky Roma, Dave Moss, and George Aaronow) are given a strong incentive by Blake to succeed in a sales contest. The prizes? First prize is a Cadillac Eldorado, second prize is a set of steak knives, third prize is the sack! There is no room for losers in this dramatically masculine world; only "closers" will get the good sales leads. There is a lot of pressure to succeed, so a robbery is committed which has unforseen consequences for all the characters.
Frankie and Johnny

(1991) Johnny, an ex-con who gets a job as a short order cook and falls in love with waitress Frankie (Michelle Pfieffer). This is a very sweet romantic story about two people trying to find love. Johnny is a short order cook just released from Prison. Frankie is a waitress who has given up on love. He falls in love with her and tries to help her to let go of the fear of being hurt and let love in again.
The Godfather, Part III

(1990) Michael Corleone, tries to go legitimate after decades of corruption as the powerful Don of the Corleone mafia family. Part III completes the saga of the Corleone family, set in 1979. The story begins with an aging, ailing Michael Corleone striving to legitimize all of his family's investments and secure a peaceful future for his beloved children. Despite his efforts, a chain of events is set in motion that sweeps the family toward a tragic fate
The Local Stigmatic (1990) (?), Pacino directed and starred in this movie based on the play. It was never released.
Dick Tracy

(1990) Big Boy Caprice, a gangster and Dick Tracey's arch enemy in a film version of the comic book series. All Tess Trueheart wants is to settle down to a quiet life with her boyfriend, detective Dick Tracy. But there's something pretty rotten going on in town, with someone pretty rotten behind it, and Tracy has his hands full with the likes of villain Big Boy Caprice and with the almost irresistable Breathless Mahoney. Based on a comic book
Sea of Love

(1989) Frank Keller, a homicide detective trying to solve a murder who ends up falling in love with the prime suspect, Ellen Barkin. Frank Keller (Pacino) is an NYPD homicide detective investigating a string of killings. All the victims were men who put rhyming ads in the personals, so Keller and his partner Sherman (John Goodman) put in an ad of their own. They go out on dates with all the women who answer the ad. Soon Keller finds himself having a steamy affair with one of the suspects, Helen (Ellen Barkin).

(1985) Tom Dobb,a trapper who, along with his son, is drafted into the revolutionary army and struggles to keep his son alive through the Revolutionary War. New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the British Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find his son, and eventually becomes convinced that he must take a stand and fight for the freedom of the Colonies, alongside the aristocratic rebel Daisy McConnahay. As Tom undergoes his change of heart, the events of the war unfold in large-scale grandeur

(1983) Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who rises to the top of the drug world in Miami.Two-bit Cuban hood Tony Montana (Pacino) lies his way into the US, where he and his friend Manny (Stephen Bauer) soon enter the world of crime. They murder a political figure for drug dealer Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia) to get their green cards and are soon on his payroll. Tony's elimination of rival Colombian drug dealers gives him a more prominent role in the organization. His duties include serving as chauffeur to Lopez's beautiful but cocaine-addicted wife, Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer). Tony's other female obsession is his sister Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). Tony's feelings for his sister are a bit on the incestuous side, and he dominates the girl, refusing to let her date. After a bad business deal and an argument over Elvira, Lopez attempts to have Tony killed. After killing the assassins, Tony murders Lopez, marries Elvira, and becomes the most powerful drug lord in Florida. The problems really begin to multiply then: Manny secretly dates Gina (though warned not to), Elvira has become increasingly zombie-like, and Tony's money is not earning the interest it should be. Moreover, he also has become a selfish, paranoid drug addict.
Author! Author!

(1982) Ivan Trevalian, playwright with a houseful of kids. Successful playwright Al Pacino attempts to ply his trade, but his neurotic wife, Tuesday Weld, and her pestering but lovable children, the products of her four marriages, continually interrupt him. Just as the writer is about to complete his first play in two years, Weld takes off to live with another man, leaving him to manage the children, rehearsals, and Dyan Cannon, his new leading lady in real life and onstage.

(1980) Steve Burns, an undercover cop investigating the serial murders of gay men in New York. A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in San Francisco's S&M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns, a "beat" officer still wet behind the ears, is recruited by Captain Edelson of the NYPD Homicide Unit to go undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. The victims in these killings are all homosexual men known to frequent "Leather," S&M (Sadism and Masochism), and B&D (Bondage and Dominance) clubs so Burns, in "deep cover," must mascarade as gay in order to attract the killer. He fits the victims' profiles: dark hair, dark complexion, dark eyes. Working almost completely isolated from his department, he has to learn and practice the complex rules and signals of this little society. While barely seeing his girlfriend Nancy anymore, the work starts changing him.
...And Justice for All

(1979) Arthur Kirkland, a lawyer working in a corrupt system. When a corrupt judge is charged with rape, Arthur Kirkland must defend him. Kirkland has had problems with the judge in the past, including one incident when the judge wrongly sentenced his client Jeff McCullaugh because of a technicality. Kirkland faces a moral and legal dilemma, especially difficult because the judge admits he is guilty.
Bobby Deerfield

(1977) Bobby Deerfield, a racecar driver. Bobby Deerfield (Al Pacino), a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli (Marthe Keller), who is terminally ill.
Dog Day Afternoon

(1975) Sonny Wortzik a bank robber. Based upon true events, a New York man and two accomplices are besieged in a bank with all the bank employees after his attempt to rob enough money to pay for his male lover's sex change operation goes awry. What results is a two day media circus in which his private life and the humiliation of the police is laid bare for the whole city.
The Godfather, Part II

(1974) The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1920s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1960s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

(1973) Serpico is a cop in the early 1970s. Unlike all his colleagues, he refuses a share of the money that the cops routinely extort from local criminals. Nobody wants to work with Serpico, and he's in constant danger of being placed in life threatening positions by his "partners". Nothing seems to get done even when he goes to the highest of authorities. Despite the dangers he finds himself in, he still refuses to 'go with the flow', in the hope that one day, the truth will be known.

(1973) Max is an ex-con who's been saving money to open a car wash in Pittsburgh. Lionel is a sailor who's returning home to the midwest to see the child born while he was at sea. They form an unlikely pair as the brawling Max learns a little how Lionel copes with the world: Lionel believes that the scarecrow doesn't scare birds, but instead amuses them - birds find scare-crows funny.
The Godfather

(1972) Don Vito Corleone is the head of a New York Mafia "family". Problems arise when a gangster supported by another Mafia family, Sollozzo, announces his intentions to start selling drugs all over New York. Don Vito hates the idea of drugs, and he is quite happy with the gambling/protection etc. that make him money, so an attempt is made on his life. Sollozzo then kidnaps one of Don Vitos advisors, and tries to make him force Don Vitos son to agree to sell drugs, but the plan goes wrong when Sollozzo finds out that Don Vito is still alive.
Panic in Needle Park

(1971) This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" in New York city. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless girl who finds in her relationship with Bobby the stability she craves. She becomes addicted too, and life goes downhill for them both as their addiction deepens, eventually leading to a series of betrayals. But, in spite of it all, the relationship between Bobby and Helen endures.
Me Natalie

(1969) Soap opera-ish tale about unattractive N. Y. C. girl struggling to find herself gets tremendous boost by Duke's great performance; otherwise, film wavers uncomfortably between comedy and drama. Pacino's feature debut.



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