Heights Theater

The Twin Cities classic cinema experience

Established 1926

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WICKED LITTLE LETTERS

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When people in Littlehampton--including conservative local Edith--begin to receive letters full of hilarious profanities, rowdy Irish migrant Rose is charged with the crime. Suspecting that something is amiss, the town's women investigate.

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THE 2024 HITCHCOCK FILM FESTIVAL

DIAL M FOR MURDER

April 18, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Spoiled tennis player Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) is jealous that his lovely wife, Margot (Grace Kelly), is having an affair. To make matters worse, she's the one with money, so divorce is a really bad idea. What seems like a good idea to Tony is to entice a down-on-his-luck school chum to kill Margo. What appears to be a foolproof plan goes awry, but can the cunning Tony concoct another scheme that will send Margot to her death?

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema.

DCP - Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

80TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

LAURA

April 22, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Otto Preminger's bizarre and beautiful film noir not only asks "Who done it?" but "Who's actually dead?" This searing portrait of obsession sees detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigating the murder of the beautiful Laura (Gene Tierney), only to find himself becoming as haunted by her beauty as the murderer he's pursuing.

DCP - Walt Disney Company.


THE 2024 HITCHCOCK FILM FESTIVAL

NORTH BY NORTHWEST

April 25, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Charming ad man Roger O. Thornhill (or ROT, to his friends) must run for his life when he's mistaken for an American spy by a dastardly criminal organization. Avoiding death by drunk driving; by gun and knife and gravity; and, most famously, by a crop-dusting, gun-toting plane in the middle of Illinois, poor Thornhill must eventually not only save himself, but the beautiful Eve.

Hitchcock urged screenwriter Ernest Lehman to pull out all the stops, resulting in a breathtaking adventure whose insane plot twists somehow work in spite of themselves. Cary Grant was never more charming, Eve Marie Saint never more alluring, and Hitchcock never more assured. The only way to witness such suspenseful majesty is on the Heights' silver screen.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema.

DCP - Warner Bros.


THE 2024 HITCHCOCK FILM FESTIVAL

FRENZY

May 2, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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When hot-tempered bartender Richard (Jon Finch) loses his job, he mopes around London, eventually visiting his ex-wife to cadge a tenner. The visit turns sour, they argue, and he storms away. Soon after, she's visited by the gruesome Necktie Murderer, who leaves her dead--and the nosy neighbors are ready to pin the crime on Richard. Hitchcock's return to England resulted in a grimy, violent, but often hilarious thriller that was perfectly suited for the realistic thrillers 1970s. Maligned in its time, FRENZY is now recognized as a classic.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema.

DCP - Universal Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

55TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

MIDNIGHT COWBOY

May 6, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Joe Buck (Jon Voight) is a handsome Texas kid eager to make his way in the Big Apple - by selling his love to lonely older women. When that fails miserably and he finds himself homeless, his only friend is the equally despondent Ratso Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), a con man with no one to con. One of the grittiest and most emotional Best Picture Winners - and the only one to be originally given an X rating! - MIDNIGHT COWBOY stands as not only a searing portrait of loneliness, but a beautiful examination of male affection, not to mention a look at a New York City that is long gone. Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay.

DCP - Park Circus.


KEANU'S 60!?!

SPEED

May 9, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Was it really thirty years ago that a relatively unknown Sandra Bullock's Annie Porter climbed aboard an LA bus rigged with a bomb that would arm once it reached 50 MPH and detonate once it went below the same speed? Sure enough. Who but Keanu's SWAT commander Jack Traven would come to the rescue and dispatch the evil Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper)? What sounded like a ridiculously high-concept brainless film turned out to be an edge-of-your-seat thriller that became an instant classic.

DCP - Walt Disney Pictures.


KEANU'S 60!?!

BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

May 16, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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In the year 2688, society is perfect thanks to the teachings of the great Bill & Ted. One of the 27th Century's citizens, George Carlin's Rufus, must go back in time to ensure that the truly dimwitted Bill & Ted pass their history exam, or the future is doomed. Naturally, Rufus hauls them to meet historical figures in his phone booth time machine, because... why not? Perhaps the most proudly stupid film of all-time, BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE is also hilarious and always charming, never cynical or cruel, its two leads, Keanu's Ted and Alex Winter's Bill, as affable as they come. This winsome mix was the surprise hit of 1989.

DCP - Park Circus.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

May 20, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) arrives at Shawshank State Prison in Maine after having been sentenced to spend the rest of his days there after being found guilty of murdering his wife and her lover. His best friend there is "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), also serving a life sentence. With little plot other than the day-to-day grind of life in the slammer, endured brutality, and eventually, a sliver of hope, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION was the surprise hit of 1994 - while doing moderately well at the box office, the film became an enormous home video hit, and consistently ranks as the #1 film of all time in audience polling. Based on Stephen King's short story - it remains the writer's favorite adaptation - SHAWSHANK is widely regarded as a modern classic in the style of Golden Age cinema.

DCP - Warner Bros.


KEANU'S 60!?!

THE MATRIX

May 23, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Thomas Anderson (Keanu) is a bored computer programmer who goes by Neo when he's hacking. When a group of federal agents appears at his workplace, he flees, aided by Trinity (Carrie Ann-Moss), who takes him to visit Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who gives our man a choice: take a red pill to see the Matrix as it is, or a blue one to return him to his life as he knows it. Needless to say, Neo joins Morpheus and enters into a revolutionary world that is Alice in Wonderland as Cyberpunk dystopia with a lot of martial arts thrown in. This genre- and gender-bending sci-fi masterpiece took the world by storm, it cemented Keanu as an action superstar, and its incredible effects changed filmmaking forever.

DCP - Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

70TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

REAR WINDOW

May 27, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Jeffries (James Stewart), a prize-winning photographer, has a broken leg, and sits sweating out his days spying on the neighbors from his cramped apartment. At first aghast at his pursuits, girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) and nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) eventually join him as he uncovers--or thinks he uncovers--a murder. This classic is at once sexy, thrilling, hilarious, and one of the most entertaining pictures the Master ever gave us.

DCP - Universal Pictures.


McQUEEN MEANS COOL!

BULLITT

May 30, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Steve McQueen was never better than in this iconic 1960s cop film that was the very definition of cool. Tasked with protecting a witness from the mob, pressured by a powerful Congressman, Bullitt (McQueen) tries to keep it all under control. But when he's double-crossed and the witness is murdered, Bullitt pretends the witness survived, and has the body kept under wraps in the hopes of flushing out the killers. McQueen produced this film and changed the lead detective from a frumpled cop into a fashionably dressed man-about-town, a jazz-loving hipster with a stunning girlfriend (Jacqueline Bisset), and whose quiet manner radiated confident masculinity. Featuring one of, if not the best, car chase scenes ever, BULLITT should be enjoyed on the big screen.

DCP - Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

LAUREL & HARDY COMEDY FESTIVAL

June 2, 2024, 1 p.m.
ALL SEATS $15.00

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NEW DIGITAL RESTORATIONS!

The enormously popular LAUREL AND HARDY FESTIVAL returns! This year we're screening the classic 1936 feature OUR RELATIONS, in which Stan and Ollie discover their identical twins, long thought dead, are actually sailors who have come to port in their hometown. What could go wrong? Thankfully, everything, in one of the duo's most hilarious movies. With the short film "TWICE TWO".

DCP - Jeff Joseph


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

75TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

THE THIRD MAN

June 3, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Written by Graham Greene, and starring Joseph Cotten, Aida Valli, and of course Orson Welles as Harry Lime, The Third Man is a classic espionage film that also undermines the trope of the American sleuth solving the crime and winning the love of the femme fatale. A gorgeous, thrilling and melancholy film, The Third Man has influenced countless other films through the decades.

DCP - Rialto Pictures


McQUEEN MEANS COOL!

THE GETAWAY

June 6, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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McQueen is D McCoy, a criminal mastermind four years into a ten-year sentence. When his wife, Carol (Ali McGraw), visits, he tells her to do what she can to get him sprung - so she agrees to get Doc to help with a half-million-dollar heist organized by corrupt businessman (and parole board member) Jack Beynon (Ben Johnson). Nothing goes as planned, the bodies fall, and Doc and Carol make a beeline for Mexico to save their skins. Director Sam Peckinpah captured the intense chemistry of real-life couple McQueen and McGraw all the while keeping the stunning brutality of Jim Thompson's source novel.

DCP - Warner Bros.


McQUEEN MEANS COOL!

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR

June 13, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Thomas Crown (McQueen) is probably the coolest millionaire ever. Suave, a sportsman and man-about-town, he's also the brains behind a stunning heist that nets him and his compatriots (who never discover their leader) a sweet couple million. Enter Vicki Anderson (Faye Dunaway), a sharp insurance investigator hungry for the 10% commission to bring the culprits to justice. When she meets Crown, sparks fly and soon Vicki begins to question her motives. THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR was a massive hit, which, along with BULLITT that same year, cemented McQueen's status as the king of the box office.

DCP - Park Circus


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

85TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING!

THE WIZARD OF OZ in 35MM TECHNICOLOR

June 17, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM TECHNICOLOR DYE-TRANSFER PRINT!!

One of the greatest motion pictures of all-time is one of our most popular events and sells out year after year. As always, we're screening the rare 35mm Technicolor Dye Transfer print, whose astounding colors must be seen to be believed. Has there ever been a more essential piece of movie magic than the journey of Dorothy and Toto? Never. And the lush Technicolor makes the colors so rich it's like seeing a painting.

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McQUEEN MEANS COOL!

THE GREAT ESCAPE

June 20, 2024, 7 p.m.
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1942, behind enemy lines. A cunning group of Allied POWs have escaped from camps one too many times, and so they're rounded up and kept under lock and key by the brutal Colonel von Luger, who threatens instant death for anyone who dares try again. Does that stop them? What do you think? Despite being a star-studded ensemble picture, Steve McQueen steals the film as Captain Virgil Hilt, the irreverent American who loves motorcycles.

DCP - Park Circus



HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

95TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

PANDORA'S BOX

June 30, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION!

Lulu is a reckless young woman, the mistress of the respectable publisher, Ludwig, but very willing to have more men on the side - including Ludwig's attractive son, Alwa. Later, after she drives Ludwig's fiance away, he kills himself - and then Lulu pounces on his son. And now she beings her stunning descent, dragging Alwa with her in this devastating portrait of a young woman caught up in the ribald insanity of Weimar Germany. Louis Brooks is astonishing as Lulu, giving what many consider the greatest of all silent film performances.

DCP - Janus Films.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

60TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

A HARD DAY'S NIGHT

July 1, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Originally planned by United Artists to be a quickie B movie to cash in on The Beatles popularity. A Hard Days Night emerged as a boldly contemporary rock n' roll comedy unleashing the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members. Maybe one of the greatest rock and roll movies ever made?

DCP - Janus Films.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

20TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

July 15, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Romance! Intrigue! Politics! Is this the epic NAPOLEON? NO! It's the epically weird NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, unleashed on American audiences 20 years ago! Napoleon is a bumbling 16-year-old trying to endure high school in rural Idaho with his best friends Deb and Pedro. Learning to dance, falling in love, helping his friend win a school election, and even impressive horsemanship make Napoleon Dynamite one of the great heroes of the 21st Century.

DCP - Walt Disney Company


85TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING!

GONE WITH THE WIND

July 21, 2024, 1 p.m.
ALL SEATS $12.00

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GONE WITH THE WIND is many things, the most epic of Hollywood films, arguably the most popular film ever released, and finally, an inaccurate fantasy of the Old South and the "Noble cause" of the Civil War. The enormously popular novel was bought by David O. Selznick, who almost literally moved heaven, and definitely moved earth, to bring the story of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, and their tempestuous love affair during the Civil War, to the silver screen. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable were the iconic stars, forever cementing their place in cinema's firmament, and the film went on to win a then record 10 Academy Awards, and break every box office record, which still stands when adjusted for inflation. If you love GWTW, you will not want to miss this epic on the big screen!

DCP - Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

70TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

GODZILLA

July 29, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
ALL SEATS $12.00

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We will be screening the original 1954 Japanese version, not the edited 1956 American release.

When a Japanese freighter is mysteriously destroyed off Odo Island, and the fishing there is suddenly reduced to nothing, the islanders demand an explanation. When it comes, it's a doozy...Godzilla, an ancient sea creature, awoken by underwater hydrogen bomb testing. He's mad, he's got all the power of a nuclear bomb, and he's ready to kick butt. Ishiro Honda's GODZILLA became an instant international masterpiece, spawning an enormous franchise that exists to this day. Don't miss the stunning original, unlike any of its newer incarnations.

In Japanese with English subtitles

DCP - Janus films.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

Aug. 12, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Before Star Wars, George Lucas tapped into a beleaguered America's urge for a more innocent time with American Graffiti. This warm and hilarious coming of age comedy invokes the music and the memories of falling in love and cruising Main Street in 1962.

DCP - Universal Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

65TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

IMITATION OF LIFE (1959)

Aug. 26, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Douglas Sirk's Hollywood swan song is also rightfully regarded as his masterpiece, and a cutting indictment of racial and sexual mores that was years ahead of its time. The story of two women, Lora (Lana Turner), who seeks Broadway success, and her housekeeper Annie (Juanita Moore), who wants nothing more than love and security, IMITATION OF LIFE peels away the shiny veneer of the American Dream to reveal a heartless landscape of loneliness and discrimination.

DCP - Universal Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

10TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Sept. 16, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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A drab hotel owned by the charming Zero Moustafa is the basis for this story-within-a-story, as the older Zero recounts his life to a mysterious Author. The Grand Budapest Hotel, high in the mountains of Zubrowka, is the backdrop for the story of the great concierge Gustave H. Gustave ran a tight ship, and on this side seduced the old women of the hotel, one of whom may or may not have left him a priceless painting in her will. But her evil son doesn't like this, and so heists, romance, jailbreak, and other unbelievable plot twists, played by one of the most star-studded casts in modern cinema, make The Grand Budapest Hotel Anderson's most ambitious and successful film (by far). Nominated for nine and winner of four Academy Awards.

DCP - Walt Disney Co.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

105TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING!

DIE PUPPE - THE DOLL

Sept. 29, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
ALL SEATS $20.00

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With live accompaniment by Jackie Beckey.

When Lancelot, the nephew of the Baron of Chanterelle, is told by his uncle that he must marry, he balks. He is not in the least bit interested in having little Lancelots running underfoot, and so when the Baron puts out a reward to local maidens to wed his nephew, the poor fellow flees! But then he gets an idea...in the forest lives a man whose mechanical dolls are so true to life they fool everyone. He'll marry one of them. But when the dollmaker's daughter falls for the timid Lancelot, she switches places with his doll of choice, with hilarious, and sexy, results. Ernst Lubitsch's THE DOLL (DIE PUPPE) is one of the funniest sex comedies ever made, a riotous look at love and marriage, and one of the director's most sophisticated films.

Presented in Partnership with Archives on Screen Twin Cities and Syncopated Silents


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

80TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE on 35MM

Sept. 30, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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One of the most beloved dark comedies returns to the Heights! When Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) returns to his Brooklyn home to show off his new wife to his spinster aunts and oddball uncle, he figures nothing can go wrong, right? But when Mortimer's psychopathic brother shows up with a doctor (who just happens to be Peter Lorre) the body count rises and the laughs never cease.

35mm print - Park Circus.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

50TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

THE WICKER MAN

Oct. 14, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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A young girl has disappeared on the island of Summerisle, and Sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) is sent to investigate. There, no one admits the girl ever existed, and worse, to the very conservative Sgt. Howie, the islanders engage in ritual paganism. But as his investigation widens, Sgt. Howie uncovers shocking truths about the islanders and their very charismatic leader, Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). Derided upon its original release and then vanished, THE WICKER MAN almost immediately became a cult hit, and is one of the most disturbing and original horror films ever made.

DCP - Rialto Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

80TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

THE UNINVITED on 35MM

Oct. 28, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Brother and sister Rick and Patricia purchase Windward House, in Cornwall, England, as the perfect retreat where Rick can compose his music. But the house sold cheap, due to rumors that the woman who committed suicide within its boundaries still haunts it to this day. This moody and influential film--thought by some to be the first ghost film in which the ghosts are real creatures, not tricks--is at once despairing and frightening. Considered by Martin Scorsese and Guillermo del Toro to be one of the most frightening films of all time, The Uninvited is not to be missed.

35mm print - Universal Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

THE SHINING

Oct. 30, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Arguably Kubrick's best, and perhaps most personal film, The Shining has influenced scores of horror films, and its technical achievements with the Steadicam changed cinema forever. The story of writer Jack Torrence, whose personal demons collide with the haunted Overlook Hotel, which he and his family have been hired to occupy over the winter, is at once a mind-bending trip and a terrifying, and moving, destruction of a man's world. So bizarre it has spawned countless conspiracy theories, including explaining the moon landing, The Shining can be watched, interpreted and reinterpreted numerous times.

DCP - Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

Nov. 4, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Singin' In the Rain is one of our most popular events and sells out year after year! Considered by many to be one of the greatest screen musicals of all time, Singin' in the Rain is also a hilarious look at the chaos and turmoil that the switch from silents to talkies cast upon Hollywood in the late 1920's. Plus all that glorious TECHNICOLOR!

DCP - Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

60TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

DR. STRANGELOVE on 35MM

Nov. 7, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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A scathing satire on the Cold War, Dr. Strangelove is also Stanley Kubrick's love-letter to the manic comic stylings of Peter Sellers. But Sellers isn't alone (even though he plays three roles): George C. Scott, Slim Pickins, Keenan Wynn, and Sterling Hayden all play against type and are absolutely hilarious.

35mm print - Sony Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

MUNCHHAUSEN

Nov. 11, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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