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Val Avery

Val Avery


Birthdate: July 14, 1924

Deathdate: December 12, 2009

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In the Shadows (2001)

When a stunt man dies in Miami, his uncle, a New York mob boss, sends a hit man to tail the stunt coordinator, whom the boss wants dead. The hit man, Eric O'Bryne, gets close to his mark's daughter, and through her he asks her dad to teach him to do stunts. While waiting for the word to kill this...
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A Fish in the Bathtub (1999)

Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara play Sam and Molly, a harried husband and wife whose marriage has been stretched to the brink after 40 years of incessant bickering over the littlest of things, not the least of which is Sam's inexplicable decision to keep a fish in the bathtub. This, along with a dai...
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The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

In an Italian neighborhood of Greenwich Village, cousins Charlie, a maître d' with aspirations of someday owning his own restaurant, and Paulie, a schemer who works as a waiter, have expensive tastes but not much money. Paulie gets caught skimming checks, and he and Charlie are both fired. Now ou...
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Easy Money (1983)

Montgomery "Monty" Capuletti (Rodney Dangerfield) is a hard-living, heavy-drinking, pot-smoking, gambling family man who makes his living as a baby photographer. He loves his wife Rose (Candice Azzara) but has a very tense relationship with his wealthy, snobbish mother-in-law Mrs. Monahan (Gerald...
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Jinxed! (1982)

Harold Benson (Rip Torn) and his lounge-singer wife Bonita Friml (Bette Midler) follow a young blackjack dealer Willie Brodax (Ken Wahl) around the country. Harold has a jinx on Willie and can't lose to him. After Willie becomes suspicious he starts following Harold and finds his trailer and star...
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Continental Divide (1981)

A Chicago newspaper reporter, Ernie Souchak (Belushi), is investigating a corrupt city councilman. After doing an expose on some corrupt land dealings by the councilman, he is assaulted by two crooked police officers sent by the councilman and ends up in the hospital. Souchak's editor decides to ...
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Brubaker (1980)

A mysterious man (Robert Redford) arrives at a prison as an inmate and witnesses rampant abuse and corruption, including open and endemic sexual assault, torture, worm-ridden diseased food, insurance fraud and a doctor charging inmates for care, amongst other things. During a dramatic standoff, h...
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Love and Bullets (1979)

FBI Agent Charlie Congers is assigned the case when a gangster's girlfriend, Jackie Pruitt, is being coaxed to give inside information to law enforcement that will put Joe Bomposa behind bars once and for all. It turns out that Jackie doesn't know much of anything useful to the FBI. The trouble i...
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The Amityville Horror (1979)

A couple proceeds with the purchase, and moves in. George appears not to be strong of faith, but Kathy is at least a nominal Catholic. The couple turns to Father Delaney to bless the home. Father Delaney (Rod Steiger) encounters troubles in trying to bless the home, including a room full of flies...
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The Wanderers (1979)

The film centers around the members of a North Bronx youth gang, the Wanderers, and their fights with other gangs, and as well as gang rivalry, it deals (albeit in a highly juvenile manner) with issues such as racial tensions, sex, growing up, loyalty, the good and bad points of machismo and brot...
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Heroes (1977)

Jack Dunne (Winkler), a Vietnam veteran who turns out to have a case of lacunar amnesia, escapes a mental ward in New York City to start a business as a worm farmer in Eureka, California. At the bus station, he accidentally meets Carol Bell (Field), a woman unsure of her engagement and imminent m...
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The Laughing Policeman (1973)

A busload of passengers, including off-duty police detective Dave Evans, is gunned down and killed. Evans, on his own time, has been following a man named Gus Niles in search of information linking businessman Henry Camarero to the murder of his wife, Teresa, two years earlier. Evans was the part...
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Papillon (1973)

Henri "Papillon" Charrière (Steve McQueen), a safecracker, is unjustly convicted of murder (specifically, murdering a pimp) in 1930s France. He is sentenced to life imprisonment in the notorious French penal colony on Devil's Island, off the coast of French Guiana. En route he meets a fellow conv...
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Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)

Following a break-up, Minnie Moore, a museum curator, becomes disillusioned by love and meaningful relationships. But after a seemingly chance encounter, she meets Seymour Moskowitz, a parking-lot attendant. After this event, Moskowitz falls in love with Minnie, trying desperately to get her to l...
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The Anderson Tapes (1971)

Burglar John "Duke" Anderson is released after ten years in prison. He renews his relationship with his old girlfriend, Ingrid. She lives in a high-class apartment block (1 East 91st Street) in New York City and Anderson, almost instantly, decides to burgle the entire building in a single sweep —...
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Faces (1968)

The film, shot in cinéma vérité-style, depicts the final stages of the disintegrating marriage of a middle-aged couple. We are introduced to various groups and individuals the couple interacts with after the husband, Richard Forst's (John Marley), sudden statement of his desire for a divorce. Aft...
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The Brotherhood (1968)

A young American man arrives in Palermo by plane. A taxi driver at the airport immediately gets word to Frank Ginetta, who hides, armed with a gun, until he realizes that the visitor he's been warned about is actually his kid brother, Vinnie. Frank happily welcomes his brother and takes him home,...
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No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)

Rod Steiger stars as Christopher Gill, a serial killer who is fixated on his late mother, who had been an actress. Gill preys on older women who remind him of her. A Broadway theater director and costumer, he adopts various disguises, e.g. priest, policeman, plumber, hairdresser, etc., to put his...
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Nevada Smith (1966)

A trio of outlaws – Bill Bowdre (Arthur Kennedy) and Jesse Coe (Martin Landau), led by Tom Fitch (Karl Malden) – robs, tortures and brutally kills the white father and Indian mother of young Max Sand (Steve McQueen). Max sets out to avenge their death. One killer keeps a tobacco pouch containing ...
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Assault on a Queen (1966)

A World War II-era German submarine missing for 20 years is retrieved in the Bahamas by diver Mark Brittain, hired by the wealthy Rosa Lucchesi and her partner, Vic Rossiter, who have been searching for Spanish galleons. The recovery of the sub results in a plot devised by Eric Lauffnauer, a U-bo...