September 11, 1992
"Sneakers" is actually about a fabled icon from the bottom of a cereal box in everybody's lost childhood: a Captain Jack Secret Decoder Ring. Except that this Captain Jack Secret Decoder Ring is a little black box; with it, one can penetrate all the"Sneakers" is actually about a fabled icon from the bottom of a cereal box in everybody's lost childhood: a Captain Jack Secret Decoder Ring. Except that this Captain Jack Secret Decoder Ring is a little black box; with it, one can penetrate all the computer codes known to man, and in our computerized age, that's very much the key to the kingdom.
September 9, 2005
An Unfinished Life is your basic Lasse Hallstrom formula-film, featuring people in dire situations who are redeemed when their basic goodness comes to the fore, elevated a notch by a pair of actors displaying sides we don't often see. That would be Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez, playing a grizzled rancher so enveloped by bitterness that it's a wonder he can even function and an impoverished single mother struggling to overcome the bad choices she...
October 19, 2001
The Last Castle is a pea-brained dinosaur of a movie, big and stupid and lumbering. It's a mishmash of The Bridge on the River Kwai, From Here to Eternity and The Great Escape, with everything complex and entertaining siphoned off. Robert Redford stars as a three-star Army general who embodies all military virtues except obedience. His disregard for orders and his leadership of a disastrous overseas raid land him in a military prison run by a colonel, James Gandolfini. This warden is the general's opposite: a martinet who demands total control of his inmates and achieves it by any means necessary, including murder.
November 10, 2005
Kidnapped Robert Redford, above, needs his wits to save him in The Clearing (8:15 p.m.-10 p.m., Cinemax).
October 21, 1990
Thomas Murton, the Arkansas prisons chief who was the inspiration for the Robert Redford movie "Brubaker," died Oct. 10 of cancer at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was 62. Mr. Murton advocated treating prisoners with respect, and he opposed the death penalty. He rose to prominence as head of Cummins State Prison in Arkansas in the 1960s. Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller appointed him head of the prison system in 1967. Mr. Redford's 1980 role in "Brubaker" as a reform-minded prisons chief who gets little support from his state's political establishment was loosely based on Mr. Murton's career in Arkansas.
July 11, 2005
On July 8, 2005, MAURICE B. Friends may call at the FAMILY OWNED MARCH FUNERAL HOME EAST, 1101 East North Avenue, on Tuesday 8:30 A.M. to 8 P.M. Funeral Services will take place on Friday at Mc Cormick Chapel, in Redford, NC. See www.marchfh.com