The Film That Made Tab Hunter Cry! Super-Rare Western Gunman’s Walk This Monday in a 35mm Vault Print!

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – $5.00 per ticket
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Monday, January 21 @ 7:30pm
Directed by Phil Karlson • 1958
Scripted by Frank Nugent (The Searchers), Gunman’s Walk stars Tab Hunter as the drunken, gunslinging son of lawless rancher Van Heflin, and James Darren as his polar opposite brother, a dark, brooding pacifist in love with half-Indian Kathryn Grant. Better known for bitter neorealist noirs like 99 River Street and The Phenix City Story, Chicago-born Phil Karlson returned to his B-western roots with Gunman’s Walk. Shot in color and blazing CinemaScope, Karlson traded in his talent for restraint without losing any impact, gaining a startlingly beautiful view of Tuscon, Arizona and an incredible chase scene between Tab Hunter and a white mare. Per the director, “When I do color, I think in terms of black and white … we know that blood’s going to be awfully red and it’s going to be pretty disgusting when they see it.” The often uneven Tab Hunter is a revelation here, and Gunman’s Walk is as good a western as it is a broken family drama. Home video rights on this title are perpetually held up, so this may very well be your only chance to see the film. (JA)
97 min • Columbia Pictures • 35mm Vault Print from Sony Pictures Repertory
Serial: Captain Marvel: “Time Bomb” (John English & William Witney, 1941) – 35mm – 17 min


And don’t forget about our regularly scheduled Wednesday program at the Portage

Wednesday, January 23 @ 7:30pm
Directed by Peter Yates • 1979
Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, and Jackie Earle Haley are four Bloomington townies on the brink of adulthood, adamantly putting off going to college (expensive), joining the army (dangerous), or going to work (i.e., selling used cars). Bitterly opposed to the privileged social elite at Indiana University, Dennis Christopher enters the annual ‘Little Indy’ cycling race as an act of defiance and falls head over heels for IU undergraduate Robyn Douglas, masquerading as an Italian foreign exchange student to win her over. Peter Yates (Bullitt, The Friends of Eddie Coyle) directed an Oscar-winning semi-autobiographical script by Yugoslavian-born Steve Tesich, who moved to Bloomington when he was 13 and won the Little 500 bicycle race of 1962. The film has the kind of sweet, unsentimental outlook that people like Studs Terkel saw in America and, per Time Out-London, “went out of fashion with [Howard] Hawks.” Breaking Away deals with class issues and coming of age in a way that movies no longer think to do (and even in 1979 a film like Breaking Away was an exception to the rule) and in 2013 is just as relevant. (JA)
101 min • 20th Century Fox • 35mm Vault Print from Fox
Serial: Captain Marvel: “Death Takes the Wheel” (John English & William Witney, 1941) – 35mm – 16 min

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