Austin Film Festival is honored to announce an exciting lineup of retrospective screenings for the 2017 festival. Join us to experience seminal film classics presented by giants of the industry, showcased in venues that will make you feel transported back to the day they were first released. Discover how Shane Black, David Simon, George Pelecanos and others were inspired by these legendary pieces of cinema history during post-screening Q&As.
The Warriors presented by Walter Hill
Writers: Walter Hill, David Shaber, Sol Yurick (novel)
Director: Walter Hill (in attendance)
Cast: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright
In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down.
In Honor of Sam Shepard – Raggedy Man presented by William D. Wittliff
Writer: William D. Wittliff
Director: Jack Fisk
Cast: Sissy Spacek, Eric Roberts, Sam Shepard
While World War II rages overseas, a divorced mother of two, Nita Longley (Sissy Spacek), struggles to makes ends meet as a telephone operator in small-town Texas. As the subject of disdainful gossip due to her divorce, Nita faces a lonely existence of ostracism, where only the unscrupulous approach her — often with ill intent. When she befriends Teddy (Eric Roberts), a sailor on leave, her situation improves, but he’s soon sent to war. Once again, Nita must face her plight alone.
In Living Color presented by Keenen Ivory Wayans
Writers: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans
Director: Paul Miller
Cast: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kelly Coffield Park, Jim Carey, Kim Coles
This series provides a platform for the many members of the comedic Wayans family. Popular recurring sketches include Homey D. Clown, the Homeboy Shopping Network, Men on Film and Great Moments in Black History.
The Seven Ups presented by George Pelecanos & David Simon
Writers: Albert Ruben, Alexander Jacobs, Sonny Grosso
Director: Philip D’Antoni
Cast: Roy Scheider, Victor Arnold, Tony Lo Bianco
Buddy Manucci (Roy Scheider) is a tough New York City cop who operates as part of an unconventional team called “The Seven-Ups” that uses drastic measures to bring criminals to justice. When Vito Lucia (Tony Lo Bianco), one of Manucci’s street contacts, uses a classified police list to kidnap mobsters and hold them for ransom, it sets off a series of escalating conflicts. After a member of Manucci’s unit is killed in the ensuing violence, the cop and his crew stop at nothing to get Lucia.