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rhett
06-03-2007, 08:58 AM
Sure, the man is known for THE EXORCIST, but for a man who struck such early notoriety, he sure has a lot of films that've been overlooked by the public. Which of his films is the one you always like to try and champion?

KamuiX
06-03-2007, 09:05 AM
My vote goes to Sorcerer...the original Wages of Fear is definitely a better overall film, without question (one of the best ever IMO), but Sorcerer is among the small group of remakes that are nearly just as good as their inspiration.

rhett
06-03-2007, 10:47 AM
My vote goes to Sorcerer...the original Wages of Fear is definitely a better overall film, without question (one of the best ever IMO), but Sorcerer is among the small group of remakes that are nearly just as good as their inspiration.
My vote went that way as well, although I'd consider Friedkin's every bit the equal to Clouzot's. Both essentially deal with meaningless struggle, Friedkin's a product of Vietnam apathy, and Clouzot's of WWII existentialism. They represent different times, so it is tough to compare them head on. Friedkin's is certainly more "entertaining" in the conventional sense, though. The bridge scene is still one of the best action scenes put to film. And yet, SORCERER was his first big bomb.

Criswell
06-03-2007, 10:58 AM
Cruising?

Hellbilly
06-03-2007, 10:59 AM
The Guardian. Still need to watch Bug though.

ArrowBeach
06-03-2007, 12:17 PM
Where's BOYS IN THE BAND? It was groudbreaking at the time, but now nobody seem to even heard of it.

The Chaostar
06-03-2007, 12:41 PM
RAMPAGE!!!!
You gotta see this!

Cujo108
06-03-2007, 12:45 PM
Sorcerer, which is also his best film. It's a pity Universal released such a poor DVD. A Criterion version to go along with The Wages of Fear would be ideal.

Cruising is very underrated as well, while the masses (who should stick to their Summer fluff that's plaguing too many theater screens) are hating the incredible Bug, to no one's surprise.

For the record, I'll take the above-three Friedkin films (and To Live and Die in L.A., too) over his more celebrated efforts every time.

eric_angelus
06-03-2007, 04:02 PM
I love The Guardian

satans-sadists
06-03-2007, 04:46 PM
Sorcerer.

DrHerbertWest
06-03-2007, 06:26 PM
To Live & Die In L.A.

I love that film as you can tell from my signature....

KR~!
06-03-2007, 07:23 PM
To Live & Die In L.A.

MorallySound
06-03-2007, 08:01 PM
The Guardian/To Live and Die in L.A.

It's a tie for me.

fceurich39
06-03-2007, 08:31 PM
the guardian for me will pick up bug when it hits dvd later this year

Xtro_13
06-04-2007, 02:26 AM
Rampage.
Where in the hell is the DVD?

Erick H.
06-04-2007, 07:05 AM
SORCERER has some mesmerizing sequences and TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. is one of the best crime films of the 80's,but I'm gonna go with RAMPAGE simply because most people have never seen it.I saw this in an empty theater in it's first run(it got a crappy release),it made a real impression on me.