Producers’ Film Picks for September 2011

DVD Selections


Directed by Stanley Kramer @ 97 minutes.

The film stars Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Theodore Bikel, Lon Chaney Jr., Charles McGraw, and Cara Williams.

Synopsis: A white man and a black man, chained together, escape from a Southern work gang. Relentlessly pursued, they have to set aside their differences in order to survive, and for any hope of complete escape.

“A raw powerful film that is as exciting as it is moving, real and literate.” VARIETY.

The film won two Oscars: Best Cinematography, and Best Original Screenplay.


Directed by Norman Jewison @ 109 minutes.

The film stars Rod Steiger, Sidney Poitier, Warren Oates, Lee Grant, Scott Wilson, William Schallert, William Prince, and Matt Clark.

Synopsis: A black Philadelphia homicide detective traveling through Sparta, Mississippi, is first arrested for murder, and then asked to help solve the case. He agrees, but finds his efforts thwarted by a bigoted hardhead town sheriff; but they learn to set aside their differences and work together in order to find the truth.

Tagline: “They got murder on their minds–but they don’t know what to do with it.”

This film won five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Writing, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound.


THE HELP (2011)

Written and Directed by Tate Taylor @ 137 minutes.

The film stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Cicely Tyson, and Sissy Spacek.

Synopsis:  With Civil Rights in its infancy in the early 60’s, a young white society girl returns from college and decides to write a novel from the point of view of “the help”. Unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, with everyone in town being gripped by the changing times.

The movie is based on the award-winning novel by Katherine Stockett.

Tagline: “Change begins with a whisper.”


THE DEFIANT ONES will be shown at 924 Broadway on Friday, September 2, 2011.

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT will be shown at 924 Broadway on Friday, September 9, 2011.

THE HELP opened theatrically in several South Sound theaters on Friday, August 12, 2011.


924 Broadway is in the Pythian Temple, street level, across from the Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District.

The Grand Cinema is located at 606 Fawcett Avenue, in the Merlino Art Center building, on the corner of Fawcett and 6th,.


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