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May 27, 1996

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William Friedkin seemed to have huge potential as a director. But in recent years, he has come out with nothing but embarrising flops. Born on August 29, 1939, in Chicago, Friedkin first gained attention in 1968 with his third film The Night They Raided Minsky's. It was followed with what was known at the time as "Friedkin's big three", an adaptation of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band (1970), the action-police drama The French Connection (1971), which won Friedkin an Oscar, and the Horror classic The Exorcist (1973).

Afterwards, his films became more predictable and dull in the bargain. He really went downhill with the highly protested gay-bashing film, Crusing (1980). He's attempted to make a comeback, but his 90's work has just been bad as his 80's work. The predictably dumb sports drama, Blue Chips (1994) and the Basic Instinct wannabe Jade (1995), have only driven him further downhill. Perhaps he should quit directing altogether, or just keep on trying. Either way, I'll be right there to see what he does next.

My rating on a scale of 1 to 10: 4


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