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07-05-02, 02:12 PM
A quick note:

Some people are now saying it's before their time, so they haven't seen enough to vote... If you've seen even one film that you really liked from the year, and thus you consider it the best you've seen (even if it's the only one you've seen), go ahead and vote. Heck, I was born in '82, so yeah, it's before my time too, but I've still got a favorite from most years back at least through the 70s, even if I've just seen 2 or 3 from the year.

I know we've got polls like this all the time around here, but I figure this one will be a little more comprehensive and perhaps even informative.

This thread will be for your pick for best film released during 1971 (think Oscar considerations for what's eligible). I'm not making it a poll because whether you like it or not, that would influence some people's choice.

Results will be posted in this thread, and all subsequent threads for each year, and they will be ongoing... so you can still vote here even weeks after other year's polls have begun.

Please start your post with your #1 film from 1971 (try to limit it to one - after all, that's the point - two at the most (I'll split the vote)), and yes, discussions are more than welcome!

Current Leader -- A Clockwork Orange

All Years:
2000 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=169768) -- Requiem For a Dream*
1999 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=170274) -- Fight Club*
1998 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=171440) -- (currently) Rushmore
1997 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=172054) -- (currently) Boogie Nights
1996 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=173057) -- Fargo*
1995 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=174141) -- (currently) Braveheart
1994 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=175192) -- Pulp Fiction*
1993 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=176491) -- Schindler's List*
1992 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=177944) -- Unforgiven*
1991 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=179517) -- Silence of the Lambs*
1990 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=182060) -- Goodfellas*
1989 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=183974) -- Do the Right Thing*
1988 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=186578) -- Die Hard*
1987 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=189840) -- Full Metal Jacket*
1986 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=193610) -- (currently) Ferris Bueller's Day Off
1985 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=195894) -- Back to the Future*
1984 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=197576) -- Ghostbusters*
1983 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=199215) -- Return of the Jedi*
1982 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=201052) -- (currently) Blade Runner
1981 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=202653) -- Raiders of the Lost Ark*
1980 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=204201) -- (currently) Empire Strikes Back
1979 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=206190) -- Apocalypse Now*
1978 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=208024) -- (currently) The Deer Hunter
1977 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=210111) -- Star Wars*
1976 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=211221) -- Taxi Driver*
1975 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=213182) -- Jaws*
1974 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=214881) -- The Godfather: Part II*
1973 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=216392) -- (currently) The Exorcist
1972 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=218278) -- The Godfather*
1971 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=220257) -- A Clockwork Orange*
1970 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=223296)

If you haven't voted on the previous years, feel free to go back and do so.

*Poll closed, winner declared.

07-05-02, 02:13 PM
One of Kubrick's three masterpieces (2001 / Dr. Stangelove being the others IMHO), my vote of course goes to:

1) A Clockwork Orange - 10/10
2) The French Connection - 10/10
3) Carnal Knowledge - 8/10
4) Walkabout - 7/10

Note... that's all I've seen from '71 :(

1) Claire's Knee
2) A New Leaf
3) McCabe and Mrs. Miller
4) Little Big Man
5) The Last Picture Show
6) Sunday, Bloody Sunday
7) Bed and Board
8) Dirty Harry
9) Husbands
10) Taking Off

1) The Last Picture Show
2) McCabe and Mrs. Miller
3) Claire's Knee
4) The French Connection
5) Sunday, Bloody Sunday
6) Taking Off
7) Carnal Knowledge
8) Tristana
9) Goin' Down the Road
10) Bed and Board

07-05-02, 03:12 PM
I finally saw The French Connection a few weeks ago and I liked it a lot, but my vote goes to the one perfect film from 1971:

<b><font size="4">Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory</b></font>

07-05-02, 03:19 PM
2 words..........'The Hospital'. George C Scott, Diana Rigg and an Oscar-winning script, Superb!

For the record, I was born in '73, so it's before my time as well.

Dimension X
07-05-02, 04:03 PM
Top Ten:
1)A Clockwork Orange
2)Dirty Harry
3)The Abominable Dr. Phibes
4)The Andromeda Strain
5)Play Misty for Me
6)The French Connection
7)Straw Dogs
8)Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
9)Escape from the Planet of the Apes
10)Silent Running

Bottom five:
5)Fools' Parade
4)The Mephisto Waltz
3)The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant
2)THX 1138
1)Dracula Vs. Frankenstein

Gratuitous list of movies from the same year:
And Now for Something Completely Different
The Barefoot Executive
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
The Beguiled
Big Jake
Billy Jack
Blood and Lace
Cold Turkey
Diamonds Are Forever
Evel Knievel
Harold and Maude
How to Frame a Figg
Night of Dark Shadows
The Omega Man
The Return of Count Yorga
Skin Game
Support Your Local Gunfighter

Wasn't Little Big Man (on Siskel's list) released in 1970? If not I'll have to edit my top ten list.

07-05-02, 04:04 PM
A Clockwork Orange

07-05-02, 04:34 PM
Tie between A Clockwork Orange and The French Connection.

07-05-02, 06:21 PM
PLease split my vote between

A Clockwork Orange and The Last Picture Show.

Both incredibly good films.

07-05-02, 06:24 PM
Diamonds are Forever

DVD Smurf
07-05-02, 06:45 PM
1. La Classe Operaia Va in Paradiso -- I wish for this on DVD? Criterion, please!
2. Clockwork Orange

07-05-02, 10:43 PM

07-06-02, 12:18 AM
Without a doubt, A Clockwork Orange.

"I was cured alright!" ;)

07-06-02, 02:03 AM
As much as I love A Clockwork Orange there's a better film ahead of it:


Kinski was the man...the mad man! :)

07-06-02, 10:16 AM
Please split my vote between McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Clockwork Orange.

This is a tough damn year!!!

07-06-02, 10:19 AM
A Clockwork Orange

07-06-02, 11:28 AM
My choice ~ The French Connection

Honorable mention to the following:
They Might Be Giants
Dirty Harry
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
The Omega Man
The Andromeda Strain
A Clockwork Orange

BTW: Dimension X is right ~ Dracula Vs. Frankenstein is a reeeeeeally bad movie.........And..........It's out on DVD :lol:rotfl:lol:

Sunday Morning
07-06-02, 12:25 PM

#1. the french connection

02. harold & maude
03. pretty maids all in a row
04. a clockwork orange
05. carnal knowledge
06. duel
07. the last picture show
08. death in venice
09. klute
10. summer of ‘42
11. the conformist
12. mccabe and mrs. miller
13. macbeth
14. the garden of the finzi-continis
15. shaft
16. the panic in needle park
17. minnie & moskowitz
18. two english girls
19. straw dogs
20. play misty for me

of note:
200 motels
and now for something completely different
the anderson tapes
the big doll house
billy jack
the devils
dirty harry
dodes ka-den
drive, he said
four flies on grey velvet
get carter
glen and randa
the grissom gang
johnny got his gun
little murders
murmur of the heart
the music lovers
on any Sunday
sunday bloody sunday
two-lane blacktop
vanishing point
willy wonka & the chocolate factory

07-06-02, 12:48 PM
A Clockwork Orange

07-06-02, 01:06 PM
i'm absolutely amazed that you guys know exactly when a movie was released. i guess over here, movies are released a little later than in America. But even if they were released on time, i don't think i would be able to remember what year they were released.

my hats off to you fellers. :)

07-06-02, 08:18 PM
Willy Wonka!!!!!!!! :D

07-06-02, 08:27 PM

07-06-02, 09:41 PM
Another tough year. It's between The Last Picture Show, A Clockwork Orange and McCabe and Mrs. Miller.

The Last Picture Show by a very tiny margin.

07-06-02, 10:10 PM
The French Connection

07-07-02, 01:22 AM
A Clockwork Orange

07-07-02, 01:38 AM

07-07-02, 01:47 AM

07-08-02, 03:06 PM
3rd page? Ack... this one's wide open - let's get some more votes in!

07-08-02, 03:13 PM
The Last Picture Show

Johnny Zhivago
07-08-02, 03:13 PM
Must have been drunk or something when this was posted, I missed it...

<b>A Clockwork Orange</b>

< As if there were any doubt...

07-08-02, 08:32 PM
The French Connection

07-08-02, 09:10 PM
A Clockwork Orange, tough choice, very good year for movies.

07-08-02, 09:31 PM
French Connection!

<i>I'm gonna nail ya for pickin your feet poughkipsee!</i>

07-08-02, 10:17 PM
Willy Wonka

07-08-02, 10:43 PM
A Clockwork Orange

Homer: "Let's do this (three-way) scene in fast motion. Everybody loves fast motion because it's funny."

07-08-02, 10:53 PM
1. The French Connection
2. A Clockwork Orange
3. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
4. Dirty Harry
5. Duel
6. Bananas
7. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
8. The Omega Man
9. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
10. Get Carter

07-09-02, 02:45 AM
The Last Picture Show...

07-09-02, 10:15 AM
1971, the year I graduated from high school.

I guess I'd have to say The Last Picture Show.

I've always had a weakness for Billy Jack, it's a kinda "you had to be there" thing.

07-09-02, 01:18 PM
A Clockwork Orange

there is nothing more to say......

07-10-02, 12:05 AM
Willy Wonka

07-10-02, 12:17 AM
Ken Russell's The Devils

07-11-02, 11:36 AM
The French Connection

07-11-02, 05:27 PM
Clockwork Orange

07-17-02, 03:52 AM
Sorry about the week delay - this will be updated and we'll get to the next one sometime today... meanwhile - although I never count before I'm first totalling it up, this one's obviously close - get your vote in!

07-17-02, 11:39 AM
Well, I got time on my hands at work...so I did some counting so that Mr. Turner wouldn't have to. Looking forward to the start of 1970's poll.

A Clockwork Orange 15.5
The French Connection 7.5
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 6
The Last Picture Show 4.5

Nothing else has more than 1 at this point.

07-17-02, 10:17 PM
A Clockwork Orange

followed somewhat by Bananas

Man, what a fruity response...

07-17-02, 11:43 PM
With the results posted above, and a now 16.5 - 7.5 advantage, this one goes to its rightful winner... Kubrick's last masterpiece (IMHO), A Clockwork Orange.

1970 is now open here! (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=223296)

Ready to close...

07-18-02, 11:38 AM
Closing by request of author.

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