"Unfortunately I misjudged you, you are just a stupid police man... " When Joseph Wise's Dr. No character dismissed Sean Connery's James Bond with these words in October 1962, he also targeted the risky task that producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman had taken on in trying to bring Ian Fleming's wildly popular 007 to the screen. Along with director Terrence Young and Connery, the Eon Productions team succeeded beyond all expectations, catapulting Fleming's character into not only the biggest screen franchise in history but a pop icon of the first degree.
Corrupt which was made in 1981, yet not released until 1984, stars two heavyweights from the world of film and music, Harvey Keitel and John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten, in a film about corruption, guilt and murder. Harvey Keitel plays Lt. Fred O'Connor, a New York policeman who doesn't say no to a backhander, and from his ill gotten gains he is able to purchase an uptown apartment with colleague Bob Carvo (Leonard Mann).
Most people’s relationship with Lieutenant Columbo is relatively simple – he’s the shabby detective that clogs up ITV on Sunday afternoons. But look closer, you’re missing a genuine TV great.
Before Al Pacino gained world wide recognition as a talented actor and achieved global fame from his spellbinding appearance as Michael Corleone in The Godfather, he had been a fringe actor. Only appearing in three feature films, and just one of those as a lead, The Panic in Needle Park, it was from this appearance that Francis Ford Coppola knew Al Pacino was perfect for The Godfather.
In the Summer of 1977, Argentina’s World Cup was one year away. Argentina as hosts, were condemned to Friendly matches in preparations for their World Cup. To test themselves against worthy European Competition that they would surely be facing, the Argentine Federation invited many European nations to play vs. the national team that summer. Argentina under the control of a Junta led by General Videla was beset by political problems and terrorism. There were questions about their ability to host the event. The authorities wanted to showcase these friendlies to display to the world, their competence and willingness to host the Main Event without any problems.
During the swinging sixties, Sinatra’s Mafia connections returned to haunt him, with regard to his friendship with Salvatore ‘Mooney Sam’ Giancana, head of the Chicago Mafia syndicate. During the 1960 presidential election, John F. Kennedy was running against the sitting Republican vice president, Richard Nixon.