Movies that changed their lives

July 24, 1992|By Knight-Ridder News Service

The August issue of Movieline has a nifty feature in which 52 notables are asked to name a movie that changed their life.

Sharon Stone picks the revival classic "King of Hearts," which taught her that "insanity is just a matter of perspective." Director Cameron Crowe singles out "To Kill a Mockingbird" ("I got completely lost in [that] world"). Jeff Goldblum picks Stanley Kubrick's "Lolita," because it was a movie that was "dark and funny at the same time." Christine Lahti cried for days after seeing "Long Day's Journey into Night." Hollywood kingpin Michael Ovitz was moved by "Gentleman's Agreement," in which Gregory Peck becomes the object of rampant anti-Semitism. Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey selected "It's a Wonderful Life." Novelist and scriptwriter Richard Price was floored by "Mean Streets," because Martin Scorsese's flick "showed me the sublime in the banal." And Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate cited Joseph Losey's "The Boy With Green Hair," because "this was my life. He becomes a social outcast when his hair turns green."

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"The Looters," the inner-city action flick that Universal yanked from its summer release slate in the wake of the Los Angeles riots, has gotten a new title, a new ending and a new release date: "Trespass," starring Bill Paxton and rappers Ice-T and Ice Cube, will open late this year or early next. The Walter Hill-directed flick is now being described as "a modern-day 'Treasure of the Sierra Madre'."

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