Robert Wise


The Sound Of Music

When Julie Andrews sang "The hills are alive with the sound of music" from an Austrian mountaintop in 1965, the most beloved movie musical was born. To be sure, the adaptation of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Broadway hit has never been as universally acclaimed as, say, Singin' in the Rain. Critics argue that the songs are saccharine (even the songwriters regretted the line "To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray") and that the characters and plot lack the complexity that could make them more interesting.

West Side Story

The winner of 10 Academy Awards, this 1961 musical by choreographer Jerome Robbins and director Robert Wise (The Sound of Music) remains irresistible. Based on a smash Broadway play updating Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the 1950s era of juvenile delinquency, the film stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers from different neighborhoods--and ethnicities.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, a giant luminescent cloud is on a direct course for Earth, absorbing everything in its path. After a Klingon fleet and a Federation space station are destroyed, Admiral James T. Kirk (Shatner) assumes command of the newly-refitted starship Enterprise and heads at warp speed to intercept the menacing force. Once they are underway, they are joined by Mr. Spock (Nimoy), whose interest in the intruder seems more than scientific.

The Andromeda Strain

The best-selling novel by Michael Crichton was faithfully adapted for this taut 1971 thriller, about a team of scientists racing against time to destroy a deadly alien virus that threatens to wipe out life on Earth. As usual with any Crichton-based movie, the emphasis is on an exciting clash between nature and science, beginning when virologists discover the outer-space virus in a tiny town full of corpses.

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