Alan Spencer

Alan Spencer

Alan Spencer is best known for creating the classic satirical eighties sitcom Sledge Hammer! and the recent controversial “ultra violent” comedy Bullet in the Face for IFC. For years he’s been regarded as one of Hollywood’s top script doctors and has never lost a patient.

Commentaries by Alan Spencer

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Ice Station Zebra

1968
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Directed by John Sturges, an expert at action-powered epics, Ice Station Zebra is one...
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The Abominable Dr. Phibes

1971
AIP
Director Robert Fuest’s grisly black comedy is a sumptuously produced bit of...
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Being There

1979
United Artists
The brilliant chameleon Peter Sellers turns in his greatest (and penultimate) performance in this...
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Rollercoaster

1977
Universal
Rollercoaster, director James Goldstone’s disaster thriller about a mad bomber’s plot to destroy an amusement...
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Rocky Balboa

2006
MGM
The sixth film in the long-running Rocky series, Rocky Balboa is director/writer Sly Stallone’s...
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Rambo – First Blood 2

1985
TriStar Pictures
Any subtleties or ambiguous notions found in 1982’s First Blood are...
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First Blood

1982
Orion
As battle scarred John Rambo, star and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone uses the post war...
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7 Faces of Dr. Lao

1964
MGM
The Circus of Dr. Lao, written by Charles G. Finney in...
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The Sand Pebbles

1966
20th Century Fox
Roadshow epics were going the way of the dinosaur by the time Robert...
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A Fish Called Wanda

1988
MGM
A comic crime caper stuffed with eccentric supporting characters, A FISH CALLED...
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The Dead Pool

1988
Warner Bros.
The fifth and final film in Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” series is memorable for...
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Paint Your Wagon

1969
Paramount
Movie musicals don’t come with a more problematic pedigree than director Josh Logan’s...
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Sudden Impact

1983
Warner Bros.
Though notable as the only “Dirty Harry” movie to be directed by Clint Eastwood...
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Time After Time

1979
Warner Bros.
A movie that really does have something for everyone. Nicholas Meyer’s wonderfully inventive...
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Silent Movie

1976
20th Century Fox
Mel Brooks affectionate 1976 tribute to silent films is oddly subdued (for a Mel...
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Bullitt

1968
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Peter Yates’ supercharged detective blockbuster was a transitional film for Hollywood, introducing the concept of...
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Bless the Beasts and the Children

1971
Columbia
After a run of distinguished films during the sixties, socially...
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The Enforcer

1976
Warner Bros.
Although Clint Eastwood had intended to direct the third Dirty Harry movie himself, his...
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Magnum Force

1973
Warner Bros.
The title of the second Dirty Harry movie reflects the contributions of screenwriter and...
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Dirty Harry

1971
Warner Bros.
The odd conglomeration of names involved in the inception of what became Clint Eastwood’s...
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Theater of Blood

1973
United Artists
Every creative artist’s favorite anti-critic movie, as poorly reviewed Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart...
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The Nude Bomb

1980
Universal
It would seem that too many years had passed for this belated attempt...
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Young Frankenstein

1974
20th Century Fox
Mel Brooks’ affectionate comic homage to the Universal Frankenstein movies piles on every cliche...
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In God We Trust

1980
Universal
Subtitled Gimme that Prime Time Religion, this was Marty Feldman’s reward for...
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The Last Remake of Beau Geste

1977
Universal
Pop-eyed Brit comic Marty Feldman directs and stars in this...
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The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother

1975
20th Century Fox
Baker Street was never like this! Gene Wilder followed...
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