Sunday, November 28, 2010

Top 3 Films: Ed Harris

Happy 60th Birthday Ed!

Just Cause (1995)

This film was based on a novel of the same name written by John Katzenbach (who also wrote the book the movie Hart's War was based on).

It is about an anti-death sentence college law professor that investigates the murder of a young girl in Florida to help try to get her alleged murderer off of death row.

In addition to Harris, it stars Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Blair Underwood and Ned Beatty.

Harris plays Blair Sullivan, a serial killer awaiting execution.

The Rock (1996)

This film was directed by Michael Bay (Bad Boys, Armageddon, Mystery Men, Transformers, etc..) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide, etc...).

It is about a group of Marines that take over Alcatraz Island and essentially hold the San Francisco Bay area hostage to blackmail money out of the government.

It stars Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage, William Forsythe, and Michael Biehn. Harris stars as General Francis Hummel, the leader of the rogue Marines.

Enemy at the Gates (2001)

This movie is partially based on a book written by William Craig titled Enemy at the Gates: That Battle for Stalingrad.

It is about 2 snipers, one Russian, one German that hunt each other throughout the film.

Harris plays the German sniper, Erwin Konig. The Russian sniper, Vassili Zaitsev, is played by Jude Law.

It also stars Joseph Fiennes, Ron Perlman and Bob Hoskins, who plays future Soviet premier Nikita Krushchev.

This was a really hard list to put together. Ed Harris has done a lot of great films. Here is just a partial list of some of his other great films:

The Right Stuff (1983)
Sweet Dreams (1985)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
The Firm (1993)
Needful Things (1993)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Absolute Power (1997)
Radio (2003)
A History of Violence (2005)
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (2007)

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