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John Byrne
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Most odd that the title change should have run in that direction. Surely “Calais Coach” would have no meaning to the great majority of American readers.
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True -- as I understand it, it was to try and remove confusion with a Graham Greene novel that had been published in the US under the title of Orient Express.
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Speaking of which...

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)

A distinct improvement on Fleming’s novel, while at the same time being one of the most faithful adaptations. Amusing to watch Bond’s journey on the Orient Express so soon after MURDER’s much more romanticized version.

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THE GREAT RACE (1964)

I have to be really in the mood for this one, and tonight I was.

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GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL (1957)

The movie that more or less cemented the O.K. Corral mythology in the minds of the moviegoing public. Plays as if someone took all the historical facts and played a game of jacks with them—starting with Kirk Douglas as an amazingly robust Doc Holliday. Add an equally robust Hollywood Western town backlot playing the decidedly more spindly Tombstone, and we end up about as far from the actual events as it’s possible to get without moving it to outer space.

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Kramer vs Kramer (1979). Simple but affecting tale. Never seen this before and I was a little surprised at how little screen time Meryl Streep has in the film -- generally, the sympathies of the film lie with Hoffman, though the last reel does at least try and balance that up by giving Streep's character more of a voice. Great sense of time and place, which I always appreciate in a film.
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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960)

Couldn’t let myself get too far into the “new” year without watching this one.

Wow. Next year will be it’s 60th anniversary.

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