Top Movies of 1973

By | Jun 21, 2009

Clint Eastwood returns as Dirty Harry Callahan in Magnum Force. And like all of the Dirty Harry movies there is a catch line or sentiment that appears throughout the film. In this one it was, “A man has to know his limitations”.

The story of star-crossed lovers played by Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand is the plot of The Way We Were. The movie was not really what script writer Arthur Laurents thought was a good version of his screenplay. It played more on the romantic elements than the political elements he wrote. Still it was a very popular film at the box office and considered by film goers one of the most romantic films of all time. The film score by Marvin Hamlish and its title song by Hamlish and Alan and Marilyn Bergman swept the Academy Awards music categories.

The memoirs of convicted French Murderer Henri Charrière on his incarceration in a penal colony on French Guiana was the basis of the movie Papillon starring Steve McQueen in the title role. Whether his amazing adventures were Charrière’s or based upon stories of other convicts, it still is an amazing story of men and their incarceration in alien prison camps of the early 20th century.

If it had not been for the success of American Graffiti it’s possible that George Lucas would never had been able to make Star Wars. Lucas was a little known director, at the time his greatest claim to fame was his friendship with Francis Ford Coppola. Helooked back to his childhood and created one of the best 1960’s coming of age story featuring the night life, the cars and the music in the life of pre-1963 teen. This film was one of the Best Picture nominations.

1973 brought back together the team of actors Paul Newman and Robert Redford with Director George Roy Hill, they did the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, to produce the year’s Best Picture The Sting. It’s the story of a pair of 1930’s con men putting ‘The Sting’ on the Crime Boss played by Robert Shaw. Although Ragtime music was no longer popular during the 1930’s, the film’s time period when Jazz was the music of the day, Marvin Hamlish used the music of Ragtime composer Scott Joplin. The film won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The Exorcist based on the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty was not only the most popular movie of 1973, it is one of the most profitable Horror film of all time. The score of the movie included many short pieces of modern (1970’s) classical music including the haunting main theme of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells. The film was nominated for ten Academy Award winning two, one for Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay. It was one of the losing Best Picture nominations


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