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The Best Movies of 1972
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Movie: The Godfather ( 1972 )
The Godfather "Don" Vito Corleone is the head of the Corleone mafia family in New York. He is at the event of his daughter's wedding. Michael, Vito's youngest son and a decorated WW II Marine is also present at the wedding. Michael seems to be uninterested in being a part of the family business. Vito is a powerful man, and is kind to all those who give him respect but is ruthless against those who do not. But when a powerful and treacherous rival wants to sell drugs and needs the Don's influence for the same, Vito refuses to do it. What follows is a clash between Vito's fading old values and the new ways which may cause Michael to do the thing he was most reluctant in doing and wage a mob war against all the other mafia families which could tear the Corleone family apart.
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Movie: Last Tango in Paris ( 1972 )
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.
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Movie: Deliverance ( 1972 )
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.
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Movie: The Getaway ( 1972 )
Carter "Doc" McCoy is a career robber, currently in his fourth year of a 10-year prison sentence at the Texas State Penitentiary. After his request for parole is denied although he's a model prisoner, Doc, unable emotionally to endure life inside, asks his loving wife Carol McCoy to contact crooked businessman Jack Beynon, a man with political connections, to secure his release in return for being "for sale" to Beynon. Beynon is able to get Doc released, the sale price being for Doc to plan and execute a robbery at a small bank branch in Beacon City, Texas where Beynon knows that $750,000 will be kept in the vault for the next two weeks. Rather than Doc using his own men for the job, Beynon directs that the only other people involved will be the men of his own choosing, Rudy and Frank. There are to be no casualties, which is all right with Doc who is not a murderer. After the robbery is completed and the monies divvied up accordingly, Doc and Carol will cross the border into Mexico to live out their lives away from capture. The robbery doesn't go according to Doc's plan, and Doc and Carol go on the run making their way into Mexico with their share of the loot. Various people are in their pursuit, some who know that they will try to cross into Mexico at one of the two major West Texas border crossings. Other bystanders get directly or indirectly involved in the proceedings; two of those people, seeming straight-laced couple Fran and Harold Clinton, get much more intimately involved than the others. Though it all, Doc and Carol must work through some of their own issues, which arise out of a revelation about Doc's release from prison.
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Movie: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes ( 1972 )
In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.
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Movie: Pink Flamingos ( 1976 )
Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".
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Movie: The Poseidon Adventure ( 1972 )
Nine people explore a cruise ship at sea in a manner that turns their whole lives upside down.
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Movie: Cabaret ( 1972 )
Cambridge University student Brian Roberts arrives in Berlin in 1931 to complete his German studies. Without much money, he plans on making a living teaching English while living in an inexpensive rooming house, where he befriends another of the tenants, American Sally Bowles. She is outwardly a flamboyant, perpetually happy person who works as a singer at the decadent Kit Kat Klub, a cabaret styled venue. Sally's outward fa├žade is matched by that of the Klub, overseen by the omnipresent Master of Ceremonies. Sally draws Brian into her world, and initially wants him to be one of her many lovers, until she learns that he is a homosexual, albeit a celibate one. Among their other friends are his students, the poor Fritz Wendel, who wants to be a gigolo to live a comfortable life, and the straight-laced and beautiful Natalia Landauer, a Jewish heiress. Fritz initially sees Natalia as his money ticket, but eventually falls for her. However Natalia is suspect of his motives and cannot overcome their religious differences. Also into Sally and Brian's life comes the wealthy Baron Maximilian von Heune, who has the same outlook on life as Sally, but who has the money to support it. Max is willing to lavish his new friends with gifts and his favors. Around them all is the Nazi uprising, to which they seem to pay little attention or care. But they ultimately learn that life in all its good and particularly bad continues to happen to them and around them.
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Movie: Jeremiah Johnson ( 1972 )
During the mid-nineteenth century, Jeremiah Johnson, after a stint in the US Army, decides that he would prefer a life of solitude and more importantly peace by living with nature in the mountains of the frontier of the American west. This plan entails finding a piece of land upon which to build a house. This quest ends up being not quite what he envisioned as he does require the assistance of others to find his footing, and in turn, he amasses friends and acquaintances along the way, some who become more a part of his life than he would have imagined. Perhaps most importantly, some of those people provide him with the knowledge of how to co-exist with some of the many Indian tribes, most importantly the Crow, on whose land in Colorado Jeremiah ultimately decides to build his home. But an act by Jeremiah upon a request by the US Cavalry leads to a chain of events that may forever change the peaceful relationship he worked so hard to achieve with his neighbors and their land.
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Movie: Solaris ( 1972 )
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.
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Movie: Fritz the Cat ( 1972 )
Fritz drops out of college, starts a riot in Harlem and hits the road with an ex-girlfriend before getting mixed up with domestic terrorists.
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Movie: The Last House on the Left ( 1972 )
Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.
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Movie: The Cowboys ( 1972 )
Rancher Wil Andersen is forced to hire inexperienced boys as cowhands in order to get his herd to market on time but the rough drive is full of dangers and a gang of cattle rustlers is trailing them.
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Movie: Aguirre, the Wrath of God ( 1977 )
A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and don Lope de Aguirre, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction?
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Movie: What's Up, Doc? ( 1972 )
The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.
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Movie: The Way of the Dragon ( 1972 )
A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.
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Movie: Fist of Fury ( 1972 )
A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.
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Movie: The Big Bird Cage ( 1972 )
Grier and Haig are thieving mercenaries who engineer a prison break from the outside.
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Movie: Frenzy ( 1972 )
A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.
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Movie: What the Peeper Saw ( 1972 )
A wealthy author's second wife begins to suspect that her 12-year-old stepson may have murdered his mother, who mysteriously died in a bathtub accident.
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Movie: Silent Running ( 1972 )
In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.
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Movie: The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean ( 1972 )
In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.
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Movie: The Canterbury Tales ( 1972 )
Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.
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Movie: The Mechanic ( 1972 )
An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.
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Movie: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant ( 1972 )
A successful fashion designer abandons a sado-masochistic relationship with her female assistant in favor of a love affair with a beautiful young woman.
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Movie: Fuzz ( 1972 )
Police in Boston search for a mad bomber trying to extort money from the city.
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Movie: What? ( 1973 )
During her Italian vacation, a young and beautiful American tourist finds herself as a guest in a coastal villa inhabited by some odd people.
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Movie: Sisters ( 1973 )
A small-time reporter tries to convince the police she saw a murder in the apartment across from hers.
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Movie: Vampire Circus ( 1972 )
As the plague sweeps the countryside, a quarantined village is visited by a mysterious traveling circus. Soon, young children begin to disappear, and the locals suspect the circus troupe might be hiding a horrifying secret.
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Movie: Horror Express ( 1974 )
In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train.
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Movie: The Heartbreak Kid ( 1972 )
Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly instead. Her rich father is less than keen and lets everyone - including Lenny - know that he hates everything about him and the way he is going on.
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Movie: Joe Kidd ( 1972 )
An ex-bounty hunter reluctantly helps a wealthy landowner and his henchmen track down a Mexican revolutionary leader.
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Movie: Boxcar Bertha ( 1972 )
During the Great Depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad.
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Movie: Cries & Whispers ( 1973 )
When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface.
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Movie: Avanti! ( 1972 )
A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.
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Movie: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie ( 1972 )
Several bourgeois friends planning to get together for dinner experience a succession of highly unusual occurrences that interfere with their expected dining enjoyment.
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Movie: Sleuth ( 1972 )
A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.
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Movie: Slaughterhouse-Five ( 1972 )
Billy Pilgrim has mysteriously become unstuck in time. He goes on an uncontrollable trip back and forth from his birth in New York to life on a distant planet and back again to the horrors of the 1945 fire-bombing of Dresden.
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Movie: Prime Cut ( 1972 )
A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out.
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Movie: The Night Stalker ( 1972 )
An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.
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Movie: The Other ( 1972 )
A series of gruesome accidents plague a small American farming community in the summer of 1935, encircling two identical twin brothers and their family.
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Movie: Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key ( 1972 )
Oliviero is a burned-out writer, living at his estate near Verona, his dead mother dominating his imagination. He is also a degenerate: sleeps with his maid and his ex-student, hosts Bacchanalia for local hippies, and humiliates his wife Irina in front of strangers. She lives in terror. When a young woman is murdered, police suspect Oliviero. Things get complicated when his young, beautiful, and self-confident niece, Floriana, pays an unexpected visit. A silver-haired stranger observes. More women die, and thoughts of harming Irina give Oliviero new inspiration. What's Floriana's game and who's the observant stranger? Watching all is a black cat named Satan.
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Movie: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask ( 1973 )
Seven stories are trying to answer the question: what is sex? Or maybe they are not trying.
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Movie: Blacula ( 1972 )
An 18th century African statesman is transformed into a vampire, cursed with the name Blacula, and entombed in Dracula's Castle after he fails to convince the Count to support him in his cause to end the slave trade. Two hundred years later, a pair of interior decorators transport his coffin to L.A. where he awakes with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. As Blacula pursues a woman who resembles his long dead wife, her brother-in-law, a pathologist, investigates the string of carnage that follows in the vampire's wake.
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Movie: 1776 ( 1972 )
A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.
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Movie: Tales from the Crypt ( 1972 )
Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.
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Movie: The Day the Clown Cried ( 1972 )
A circus clown is imprisoned by the Nazis and goes with Jewish children to their deaths.
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Movie: Brother Sun, Sister Moon ( 1972 )
This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.
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Movie: Gargoyles ( 1972 )
An anthropologist/paleontologist and his daughter, while travelling through the southwestern U.S., stumble upon a colony of living, breathing gargoyles.
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Movie: Don't Torture a Duckling ( 1972 )
When a southern Italian town is rocked by a string of child murders, the police and two urban outcasts search for the culprit amid scapegoating within the superstitious community.
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Movie: The Legend of Boggy Creek ( 1972 )
A documentary-style drama about the "Fouke Monster", a Bigfoot-type creature that has been sighted in and around Fouke, Arkansas since the 1950s.
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Movie: Frogs ( 1972 )
A group of helpless victims celebrate a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles.
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Movie: The Genesis Children ( 1972 )
A charismatic leader and a high-spirited student group are on holiday in Italy. The surreal adventures of these friends are a free-flowing, four-part "multi-sensual symphony," bereft of traditional story line. One national critic described the boys' anarchic revelry as a "dream-like descent from civilization into the chaos reminiscent of Lord of the Flies."
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Movie: The French Sex Murders ( 1972 )
A man is accused of killing his favorite prostitute in a French brothel. He's tried and sentenced to death. He tries to escape but dies during pursuit. Soon, people connected to the case are killed one by one.
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Movie: Henry VIII and His Six Wives ( 1972 )
On his deathbed, King Henry VIII looks back over his eventful life and his six marriages.
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Movie: Super Fly ( 1972 )
The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.
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Movie: Asylum ( 1972 )
In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum.
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Movie: Ben ( 1972 )
A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.
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Movie: Fat City ( 1972 )
Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take different directions.
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Movie: Man of La Mancha ( 1972 )
The funny story of mad but kind and chivalrous elderly nobleman Don Quixote who, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, fights windmills that are seen as dragons to save prostitute Dulcinea who is seen as a noblewoman.
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Movie: The Stone Tape ( 1972 )
A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director Peter Brock decides not only to analyse the apparition, which he believes is a psychic impression trapped in a stone wall (dubbed a "stone tape"), but to exorcise it too - with terrifying results...
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Movie: Season of the Witch ( 1973 )
A neglected, unhappy suburban housewife gets mixed up in witchcraft with unexpected consequences.
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Movie: Butterflies Are Free ( 1972 )
A blind man moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother and befriends the freethinking young woman next door.
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Movie: Daughters of Satan ( 1972 )
James Robertson buys a painting depicting witches being burned at the stake, one of whom bears an uncanny resemblance to his wife, Chris. Chris, gradually taken over by the personality of the witch in the painting that she resembles, allies herself with two other reincarnated witches to plan James' death, as he proves to be a descendant of the man responsible for the witches' fate.
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Movie: Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things ( 1972 )
Six friends in a theatrical troupe dig up a corpse on an abandoned island to use in a mock Satanic rite. It backfires with deadly consequences.
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Movie: The Revengers ( 1972 )
When a rancher's family is massacred by a gang of outlaws, he assembles a mean team of convicts as his posse to pursue the killers.
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Movie: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ( 1972 )
Alice (Fiona Fullerton) falls down a rabbit hole and into a magical dream world populated by surreal characters and bewildering adventures. It's a journey of self-discovery for Alice as she searches for a way out of Wonderland and encounters many bizarre creatures such as the White Rabbit (Michael Crawford), the March Hare (Peter Sellers), the Queen of Hearts (Flora Robson), and the Dormouse (Dudley Moore). Musical highlights include the inspiring song "The Me I Never Knew".
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Movie: Lady Sings the Blues ( 1972 )
The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.
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Movie: The King of Marvin Gardens ( 1972 )
A daydreamer convinces his radio personality brother to help fund one of his get-rich-quick schemes.
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Movie: Play It Again, Sam ( 1972 )
A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca (1942) attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart.
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Movie: Dr. Phibes Rises Again ( 1974 )
The vengeful doctor rises again, seeking the Scrolls of Life in an attempt to resurrect his deceased wife.
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Movie: Dracula A.D. 1972 ( 1972 )
In 1972 London - a century after his final battle with Professor Van Helsing - Count Dracula is resurrected by occultist Johnny Alucard, and goes after his archenemy's descendants.
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Movie: The Candidate ( 1972 )
Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.
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Movie: Bluebeard ( 1972 )
A World War I pilot whom everybody envies as a "ladykiller" actually is one. After he beds a woman he's after, he murders her.
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Movie: The Thing with Two Heads ( 1972 )
Doctors are forced to transplant the head of a dying, racist surgeon onto the body of a black death row inmate.
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Movie: Across 110th Street ( 1973 )
Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war.
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Movie: Death Line ( 1973 )
When a government official disappears in the London tunnels, after several reports of missing people in the same location, Scotland Yard start to take the matter seriously, along with a couple who stumble into a victim by accident.
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Movie: A Cop ( 1972 )
After a shaky first heist, a group of thieves plan an even more elaborate- and more risky- second heist.
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Movie: Carry on Abroad ( 1972 )
A group of holidaymakers head for the Spanish resort of Elsbels for a 4-day visit. When they get there, they find the Hotel still hasn't been finished being built, and the weather is awful. And there is something strange about the staff. They all look very similar. To top it all off, the weather seems to be having an adverse affect on the Hotel's foundations...
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Movie: The Ruling Class ( 1972 )
A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.
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Movie: A Reflection of Fear ( 1973 )
A disturbed young girl starts believing that there is something very sinister at work after her estranged father visits her at her mother and grandmother's house with the woman he plans to marry.
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Movie: Night of the Lepus ( 1972 )
Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the south-west.
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Movie: Junior Bonner ( 1972 )
Ace Bonner returns to Arizona several years after he abandoned his family, Junior Bonner is a wild young man. Against the typical rodeo championship, family drama erupts.
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Movie: Ulzana's Raid ( 1972 )
After fierce war chief Ulzana and a small war party jump the reservation bent on murder and terror, an inexperienced young lieutenant is assigned to track him down.
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Movie: The Magnificent Seven Ride! ( 1972 )
Forced by personal circumstances, Marshal Chris Adams recruits a writer and five prisoners to help him eliminate a gang of Mexican bandits.
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Movie: The Victim ( 1972 )
A wealthy woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her.
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Movie: Images ( 1972 )
Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality.
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Movie: Chato's Land ( 1972 )
In 1870s New Mexico, a half-breed kills a bigoted sheriff in self-defense but the posse that eventually hunts him finds itself in dangerous territory.
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Movie: The Hot Rock ( 1972 )
Dortmunder and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. But this turns out to be only the first time they have to steal it...
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Movie: Endless Night ( 1972 )
Based on an Agatha Christie suspense novel; a newly-wed couple are threatened after building their dream home on cursed land.
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Movie: Tower of Evil ( 1972 )
A group of experienced archeologists are searching for an old and mystic Phoenician treasure when they are surprised by a series of mysterious murders...
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Movie: The New Centurions ( 1972 )
An idealistic rookie cop joins the L.A.P.D. to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life.
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Movie: Sounder ( 1973 )
The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food.
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Movie: Portnoy's Complaint ( 1972 )
The movie chronicles a young man's (Richard Benjamin) love and passion in his own kinky way.
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Movie: The Valachi Papers ( 1972 )
Gangster Joe Valachi is a marked man in the same joint where mob boss Don Vito Genovese is imprisoned and he's forced to co-operate with the DA in exchange for protection.
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Movie: Pulp ( 1973 )
A seedy writer of sleazy pulp novels is recruited by a quirky, reclusive ex-actor to help him write his biography at his house in Malta.
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Movie: Hickey & Boggs ( 1972 )
Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths.
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Movie: Young Winston ( 1972 )
Complex family relationships, as well as a combat experience, form the personality of the future world-known politician.
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Movie: Travels with My Aunt ( 1973 )
At his mother's funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling meets his Aunt Augusta, an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings who pulls him along on a whirlwind adventure as she attempts to rescue an old lover.
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Movie: The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid ( 1972 )
The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces for a bungled robbery of the bank in Northfield, Minnesota.