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With Vengeance And Violence, 'Olympus Has Fallen' Flat.

This macho action film starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman is a vigilante fantasy about terrorists and turncoats invading the United States. It's a popular genre, but critic David Edelstein says he's tired of the American addiction to these tropes.


Quentin Tarantino, 'Unchained' And Unruly.

With his latest film, director Quentin Tarantino was inspired both by spaghetti Westerns and the drama of slavery and the Civil War. The movie is extremely violent — but, says Tarantino, "What happened during slavery times is a thousand times worse. ... If you can't take it, you can't take it."


From the Archives: Arthur Penn Discusses his "Gift for Violence."

Film Director Arthur Penn. At the age of 77, he’s just been hired as executive producer of the T-V show “Law and Order.” The appointment is seen as a breakthrough for the elderly in Hollywood. Penn’s films include "Bonnie and Clyde," "Little Big Man," "The Miracle Worker," "Alice's Restaurant," and "The Missouri Breaks." His film career lost steam in the 80s, and he went to Broadway. His shows included “Two for the Seesaw” and “The Miracle Worker.” He’s also made several T-V films.(Originally aired 9.29.89)


Panel Discussion on Violence in Film.

We feature excerpts from a panel of Hollywood screenwriters discussing violence in movies. This was held 6/4/99 in Santa Monica, California. The seminar was title "Guns Don't Kill People." Among the panelists were Callie Khouri who wrote "Thelma and Louis," William Mastrosimone who penned "Extremities, and The Burning Season," Steven De Souza who wrote the first two Die Hard movies, and Miguel Tejada-Flores, who wrote "Revenge of the Nerds:" and Jack Valenti, a Washington lobbyist for the top Hollywood studios.

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