The Best Brian Dennehy Movies You’ve Never Seen

(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we look back on the career of a late, great acting talent!)

We lose people everyday, but while most of us will be lucky to live on in other people’s memories, actors have a chance at immortality through their films. We lost another one of the greats recently with the passing of Brian Dennehy, but we still have his movies. He worked pretty steadily from 1977 on with a mix of supporting roles and leads, playing big teddy bears and even bigger tough guys, and he was rarely less than memorable.

His best and best-remembered are a mix of films from the 80s and 90s with the likes of First Blood (1982), Cocoon (1985), F/X (1986), Best Seller (1987), Gladiator (1992), and Tommy Boy (1995), while three of my personal favorites include Colin Higgins’ Foul Play (1978), Lawrence Kasdan’s Silverado (1985), and Alan Pacula’s Presumed Innocent (1990). With more than sixty features and over a hundred television appearances, Dennehy has been in plenty of pictures you’ve enjoyed and even more good to great ones you’ve probably never seen. So let’s take a look at six of the latter!

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Brian Dennehy obit

Brian Dennehy, one of our best character actors, with credits that include First BloodSilverado, the F/X films, Tommy BoyRatatouille, and so much more, has died. Dennehy began acting in the 1970s, but it was role as the sheriff in First Blood, the first Rambo movie, that launched him to prominence. A larger-than-life actor who always made his presence known, Dennehy was 81-years-old.

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Paul Haggis Hires Three For His Pic The Next Three Days

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It’s difficult for me to get very excited for a new Paul Haggis directorial project. The stain of Crash stays with me. But The Next Three Days could be interesting. It’s a remake of a 2008 French film Pour Elle by Fred Cavaye about a couple that has some problems when the woman is imprisoned for a murder she says she didn’t commit. Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks are the headliners, but three more have just been added to the cast. Read More »

Righteous Kill Movie Trailer

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“Thought you said this place had Pac Man.”

Robert De Niro saying the word “respect” in a voice-over. Check. The Rolling Stones doing a retake of their “Sympathy for the Devil.” Check. Al Pacino squatting over a crime scene in sunglasses. Check. Rapper 50 Cent closing his cell phone. Check. Wait, what? The director behind Al Pacino’s first direct-to-DVD movie. Check. Wait, c’mon. Carla Gugino showing a little skin. Check. Wait, okay, free to go. Lots of guns being fired. Check. Shot of Al Pacino in the club. Check. The trailer for Righteous Kill. [Hunter is indifferent and went to get a Pabst Blue Ribbon.]

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Righteous Kill, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, hits theaters on September 12th, 2008.

Discuss: What do you think of the new Righteous Kill Movie Trailer?

 

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Righteous Kill

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Righteous Kill

Update: Click Here to watch the movie trailer for  Righteous Kill.

Empire has the some new photos from Jon Avnet’s Righteous Kill, which stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro (in their first team-up since Heat) as two Veteran New York City Detectives hunt a vigilante who may be one of their own. Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent and John Leguizamo also star. It was originally rumored that directing legend Martin Scorsese would be in the film, but that is actually untrue (Dennehy plays the role that Scorsese likely would have played). If the photo above looks familuar, it might be that a simular image was seen in Heat (seen below).

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The photo to the right was published in Time Magazine. Righteous Kill will hit theaters in 2008.

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New Ratatouille Photos

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Disney has released a bunch of new character stills from Pixar’s presentation of Ratatouille. Check them out below:

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Ratatouille

We didn’t post this last week when it leaked on to YouTube, but now that the official Japanese Ratatouille Movie Trailer is now live on Disney.co.jp in Quicktime, what’s to stop us? And we also have a new unreleased Ratatouille photo still and updated plot synopsis.
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